Other Desert Cities cast at Old Vic Theatre

Cast announced for Other Desert Cities, which opens at the Old Vic Theatre 24 March 2014, following previews from 13 March - booking to 24 May 2014.

The play, exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption, will include Sinead Cusack (Polly Wyeth) and Clare Higgins (Silda Grauman). It will be the first in a season of productions to be presented in-the-round at The Old Vic.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Lindsay Posner, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Christopher Shutt.

Brooke Wyeth returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents Polly and Lyman, her brother Trip and her recovering alcoholic aunt Silda. She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair.

Sinead Cusack last appeared at The Old Vic in The Bridge Project (The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale). She has also recenty appeared on stage in Juno and the Paycock (National and Abbey Theatre), Rock ’n’ Roll (Royal Court, West End and Broadway) and The Birds (Gate, Dublin). Later this year, Sinead will join Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale in the film Eliza Graves.

Three-time Olivier Awards winner Clare Higgins has appeared on the London stage in Hecuba at the Donmar, Sweet Bird of Youth at the National Theatre, Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre and The Fever at the Royal Court. Recent television roles include Mrs. Barlett in the third season of Downton Abbey and Lady Claudine in Parade’s End.

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