Pillars of the Community At the National Theatre

Casting update for Pillars of the Community, by Henrik Ibsen, In a new version by Samuel Adamson, which opens at the Lyttelton, NT 1 Nov 2005, following previews from 21 Oct, booking to 4 Feb 2006.

Cast includes: Damian Lewis (Karsten Bernic), Geraldine Alexander (Betty), Brid Brennan (Marta Bernick ), Michelle Dockery (Dina Dorf ), Michael Gould (Knap), Annabel Leventon (Mrs Rummel), Lesley Manville (Lona Hessel), Pamela Merrick (Mrs Lynge), Paul Moriarty (Aune), Justin Salinger (Hilmar Tonnesen), Una Stubbs (Mrs Holt), Michael Thomas (Rorlund )

It is directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Rae Smith, lighting by Chris Davey, and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Calamity strikes when Bernick’s business prowess and pristine reputation are threatened by the revelation of a long-buried secret. Desperate to dodge exposure in the kowtowing local community, Bernick devises a pitiless plan which, by a shocking twist of fate, risks the one life he holds dear. (The National marks the centenary of Ibsen’s death with a vital new version of this rarely performed thriller, set amid a society struggling against the rush of capitalism, the lure of America and the passionate beginnings of the fight for female emancipation. )

Casting update for Coram Boy, adapted by Helen Edmundson, from a novel by Jamila Gavin, which opens at the Olivier, NT 15 Nov 2005, following previews from 2 Nov, booking to 4 Feb 2006.

Cast includes: Sophie Bould (Alice ), Bertie Carvel (Adult Alex), Abby Ford (Young Thomas), Ruth Gemmell (Mrs Lynch), Akiya Henry (Toby ), Rebecca Johnson (Lady Ashbrook), Inika Leigh Wright (Miss Price), Stuart McLoughlin (Adult Thomas), Anna Madeley (Young Alex / Aaron), Katherine Manners (Edward), Eve Matheson (Mrs Milcote), Justine Mitchell (Melissa), Paul Ritter (Otis Gardiner / Mr Philip Gaddarn), Jack Tarlton (Meshak Gardiner), Kelly Williams (Isobel).

It is directed by Melly Still, designed by Ti Green and Melly Still, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Christopher Shutt.

A tale of two cities: Gloucester and London. A tale of two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Deserted Children: Toby, saved from an African slave ship and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate. A tale of fathers and sons, set in the dark heart of 18th-century England.

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