Patsy Ferran and Charlotte Lucas join the cast of Speech and Debate

Full cast announced for Speech and Debate.

Speech and Debate

Full casting has now been announced for the UK première of Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam which runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 22 February to 1 April 2017, with an official opening on 24 February 2017.

Patsy Ferran and Charlotte Lucas will join the previously announced Douglas Booth and Tony Revolori in the production directed by Tom Attenborough.

The production will feature design by Fran Reidy, lighting by Christopher Nairne, sound by Simon Slater, video by Duncan McLean & Stan Orwin-Fraser and movement by John Ross.

"They may go to the same high school, but misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie have never met and their peers just don't take them seriously…. until a sex scandal involving one of their teachers brings them together. By creating a Speech and Debate team they finally have a chance to be heard, but will they be able to get their interpretive dance version of The Crucible ready in time for the big day?!"

Described as a 'hilarious' play that grapples with serious modern social issues, homophobia, teenage alienation and the limits of online privacy, Speech and Debate is Karam’s first play to be produced in the UK. It premièred at the Roundabout Theatre Company, has received more than 150 productions in the US, and 2017 will see the release of a film version, written by Karam.

Patsy Ferran's theatre credits include As You Like It and Treasure Island at the National Theatre, The Merchant of Venice at the RSC and Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Her television credits include Guerilla and Jamestown.

Charlotte Lucas's theatre credits include Red Velvet, The Absence of War, Posh, The Changeling, Yes, Prime Minister and World’s End. Her television credits include Broadchurch, Jamaica Inn, WPC 56, Not Going Out, Midsomer Murders and Judge John Deed.

Stephen Karam’s plays include The Humans which this year won the Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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