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Casting update for All About My Mother at the Old Vic
Diana Rigg has been cast as Huma Rojo in All About My Mother by Samuel Adamson, Based on the film by Pedro Almodovar, which opens at the Old Vic 4 Sep 2007, following previews from 25 Aug - running to 24 Nov 2007.
Other cast announced includes: Lesley Manville (Manuela), Joanne Froggatt (Sister Rosa), Colin Morgan (Manuela’s son, Esteban), Charlotte Randle (Nina)
Kevin Spacey commented: ‘I’m thrilled about the casting to date. The Old Vic celebrates exceptional acting talent and all five of these actors bring unique qualities that we believe will bring this amazing story to life for our audience. I’ve always been a huge admirer of Lesley Manville’s work and her remarkable ability to access truth and humanity in the roles she plays. Her extensive experience of working on new writing with Mike Leigh, at the Royal Court and elsewhere, makes her a wonderful asset to this production. And I couldn’t be more pleased that Diana Rigg, one of the UK’s best-loved actresses, will be playing the role of Huma. Diana’s played an extraordinary range of roles in a distinguished career and I can’t wait to see her on The Old Vic stage.’
Pedro Almodovar commented on Diana Rigg’s casting: ‘I have been a fan of Diana’s for all these years and I am thrilled that she is playing Huma.’
Diana Rigg's London credits include "Honour" at the Wyndham's in 2006; "Suddenly Last Summer at the Albery in 2004; "Humble Boy" at the Cottesloe, NT in 2001; "Phedre" and "Britannicus" at the Albery in 1998, and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Aldwych in 1996; "Mother Courage and Her Children" at the Olivier, NT in 1995. She came to international prominence in the 1960s as Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers and as Tracy Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Lesley Manville's London stage credits include "The Alchemit" at the Olivier, NT in 2006; "Pillars of the Community" at the Lyttelton, NT in 2004;"Some Girls" at the Gielgud in 2005; "His Dark Materials" at the Olivier, NT in 2004. Lesley Manville is perhaps best known for her acting collaborations with director Mike Leigh which began in 1980. She has appeared in his films High Hopes, Secrets and Lies, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing and Vera Drake.
All About My Mother is directed by Tom Cairns, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Bruno Poet, with sound by Christopher Shutt.
Co produced by Old Vic / Neal Street Productions.
Following the tragic death of her beloved son, Manuela goes to Barcelona in search of the father he never knew. But before she can exorcise her guilt, she gets caught up in the lives of three women: Agrado, a long-lost transvestite friend, Rosa, a young nun in search of love, and Huma Rojo, the famous actress her son so admired. Just as Manuela’s life begins to have meaning again, her son’s father returns and her journey of discovery and forgiveness comes full circle.