Full cast announced for Almeida's Bakkhai


The Almeida Theatre in north London has now announced the full cast for their upcoming production of Bakkhai, which runs as part of their Greek Season from 23 July to 19 September 2015, with an official opening on 30 July 2015.

Joining the previously announced Ben Whishaw who makes his Almeida debut as Dionysos, and Bertie Carvel who returns to the Almeida as Pentheus will be Kevin Harvey, Amiera Darwish, Eugenia Georgieva, Kaisa Hammarlund, Helen Hobson, Hazel Holder, Melanie La Barrie, Elinor Lawless, Catherine May,Louise Mills and Belinda Sykes.

"Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides' electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god."

Euripides' classic play, which is a new version by Anne Carson, is directed by James Macdonald. It features design by Antony McDonald, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Paul Arditti, composition by Orlando Gough and musical direction by Lindy Tennent Brown.

Kevin Harvey returns to the Almeida after appearing in Mike Bartlett's 'Game' earlier this year. His previous theatre credits include 'The Book of Mormon', 'Titus Andronicus' and 'Candide'.

Bertie Carvel returns to the Almeida stage, having previously performed in 'Rope'. He created the role of Miss Trunchbull in 'Matilda, The Musical' (RSC, West End and Broadway) which saw him win the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination.

Ben Whishaw makes his Almeida debut, having last appeared on stage in Jez Butterworth's 'Mojo' in the West End. Other theatre includes 'Peter and Alice', 'Cock' (Royal Court), 'His Dark Materials', 'The Seagull', and 'The Idiot' (all National Theatre). Tickets for the new productions in the Greek Season are now on sale.

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