Manville & Head cast in Six Degrees of Separation

Cast Update for John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, which opens at the Old Vic Theatre, on 19 Jan 2010, following previews from 7 Jan - running to 3 Apr 2010.

Directed by David Grindley, the cast includes Lesley Manville (Louisa ‘Ouisa’ Kittredge), Anthony Head (John Flanders 'Flan' Kittredge), Obi Abili (Paul), Sarah Goldberg (Elizabeth), Michael Goldsmith (Ben), Ilan Goodman (Doug), Steven Pacey (Larkin), Sara Stewart (Kitty), Paul Stocker (Woody) , Kevin Trainor (Trent).

Designed by Jonathan Fensom, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Gregory Clarke.

Based on the existential theory that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else by a chain of no more than 6 people, this play is a look at fame, celebrity and opportunity. It makes you think – who’s conning you?

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". Her London stage credits include "Her Naked Skin" at the Olivier, NT in 2008; "All About My Mother" at the Old Vic in 2007; "The Alchemist" at the Olivier, NT in 2006; "Pillars of the Community" at the Lyttelton, NT in 2005; "Some Girls" at the Gielgud in 2005; "His Dark Materials" at the Olivier, NT in 2004.

Anthony Head's West End roles range from 'Frank N' Furter' in "The Rocky Horror Show", 'Frederick Trumper' in "Chess" and 'Jesus' in "Godspell. Recent credits include "Otherwise Engaged" at the Criterion in 2005; "Pirates of Penzance" at the Savoy in 2004; "Peter Pan" at the Savoy in 2003. He is probably best known for his television work which includes playing 'Rupert Giles' in seven series of the hit US show "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", 'James' in two series of "Manchild" and 'Michael', the Prime Minister, in the award-winning BBC comedy "Little Britain".

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