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Rock 'n' Roll extends with new cast members - including Emma Fielding and Dominic West
Tom Stoppard's Rock ‘n’ Roll, which was booking to 5 Nov 2006, has been extended to 25 Feb 2007. (Although there are no performances 6 -13 Nov).
There are also cast changes from 14 Nov 2006: Joining existing cast members David Calder (Max), Martin Chamberlain (Milan) and Peter Sullivan (Ferdinand), will be Emma Fielding (Eleanor/older Esme), Dominic West (Jan), Dolya Gavanski (Lenka). Further casting to be announced!
The current cast includes: David Calder (Max), Sinead Cusack (Eleanor/older Esme) , Rufus Sewell (Jan), Nicole Ansari (Lenka), Louise Bangay (Candida), Anthony Calf (Nigel), Martin Chamberlain (Milan), Miranda Colchester (Gillian), Alice Eve (younger Esme/Alice), Edward Hogg (Stephen), Peter Sullivan (Ferdinand).
Rock ‘n’ Roll premiered at the Royal Court Theatre 3 June to 15 July 2006 - before it transferred to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre from 22 July 2006.
Emma Fielding 's London stage credits include: "Playing With Fire" at the Olivier, NT in 2005; "Macbeth" at the Almeida in 2005; "Private Lives" at the Albery in 2001; "Spinning into Butter" at the Royal Court Upstairs in 2001; "Look Back In Anger" at the Lyttelton, NT in 1999;
Dominic West's London stage credits include: "The Voysey Inheritance" at the Lytelton, NT in 2006; "As You Like It" at the Wyndham's in 2005; "Waste", "The Seagull" & "Cloude Nine" at the Old Vic in 1997.
Rock ‘n’ Roll received good notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "This is not quite first-rate Stoppard but still ought to generate a big and serious stir." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Complex and moving new play about the link between rock music, East European dissidence and the fall of Communism...an impressive play" MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Astonishing new play...excellent production." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "There is an energy, rawness and passion here one doesn't associate with the elegant and witty Stoppard."
It is directed by Trevor Nunn, designed by Robert Jones, lighting by Howard Harrison, costumes by Emma Ryott, sound by Ian Dickinson.
Rock ‘n’ Roll spans the years from 1968 to 1990 from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock'n'roll band comes to symbolise resistance to the Communist regime, and of Cambridge where the verities of love and death are shaping the lives of three generations in the family of a Marxist philosopher.