Royal Court cast updates - Ben Whishaw (Cock), Jessica Hynes, Rachael Stirling (The Priory)


Royal Court cast updates - Ben Whishaw (Cock), Jessica Hynes, Rachael Stirling (The Priory)

The Royal Court Theatre cast updates...

Cock, a new play by Mike Bartlett, opens at the Theatre Upstairs 18 Nov 2009, following previews from 13 Nov - running to 19 Dec 2009. Directed by James Macdonald, starring Ben Whishaw When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out... Takes a playful, candid look at one man’s sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realise you have a choice.

Ben Whishaw’s London stage credits include …Some Trace of Her (NT), Leaves of Glass (Soho), The Seagull (NT), Hamlet (Old Vic). His film credits include Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited and Perfume , while his TV credits include Criminal Justice (BBC TV) and Nathan Barley (Talkback/Channel 4).

The Priory, a new play by Michael Wynne, opens in the theatre downstairs 26 Nov 2009, following previews from 19 Nov - running to 9 Jan 2010. It is directed by Jeremy Herrin and features Jessica Hynes (aka Jessica Stevenson) and Rachael Stirling. Kate is delighted when she finds a country retreat that ticks all the boxes. Gathering together a select group of her closest friends to celebrate New Year’s Eve, she is keen to start 2010 afresh. But successful, stressed-out thirtysomethings in search of a good time in the sticks can make for one very fearsome party… and some surprising resolutions.

Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson) was nominated for a Tony award this year for her acclaimed performance in The Norman Conquests (Old Vic/Broadway). She has previously appeared at the Royal Court in The Night Heron, while her screen credits include Shaun of the Dead, Spaced and The Royle Family.

Rachael Stirling’s theatre credits include Pygmalion (Peter Hall Company/international Tour), The Taming of the Shrew, Uncle Vanya (both Wilton’s), Theatre of Blood (NT/Improbable). Her screen credits include Tipping the Velvet (BBC TV) and The Young Victoria.

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