The Entertainer - Casting Update at Old Vic

The Entertainer - Casting Update at Old Vic

Further casting announced for John Osborne's The Entertainer , which opens at the Old Vic 7 March 2007, following previews from 23 Feb - booking to 19 May 2007 .

Joining previously mentioned Robert Lindsay (Archie Rice) and Pam Ferris (Archie's wife), will be Emma Cunniffe , David Dawson, John Normington.

Emma Cunniffe's London theatre credits include "Tales from Hollywood" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2001 & "Losing Louis" at the Hampstead & Trafalgar Studios in 2004/5. TV credits include Clocking Off, The Whistelblower and Great Expectations.

David Dawson was in the The Old Vic’s 2005 production of Richard II. This summer he played Smike in Nicholas Nickleby at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Long, the Short and the Tall at the Sheffield Crucible. David has also just finished filming Flesh and Blood for television.

John Normington’s extensive theatre career spans many seasons with the RSC, where his credits included The Wars of the Roses, Comedy of Errors, Feste in Twelfth Night, Jaques in As You Like It and more recently The Fool in King Lear. Credits for the National include Amadeus, Danton’s Death, Guys and Dolls, Orestea and the recent production of The Voysey Inheritance. Other theatre includes Uncle Sam in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming in New York, as well as many appearances at the Royal Court. Film and television includes Inadmissable Evidence, A Private Function, Torchwood and The Deal.

The Entertainer is directed by Sean Holmes, designed by Anthony Lamble, lighting by Peter Mumford. Music by John Addison with arrangements and additional music by Steven Edis, and sound by Fergus O’Hare.

Archie Rice, a music-hall performer in an age when music halls had all but disappeared. Driven by dreams of stardom and a desperation to equal his father's success, Archie finds himself a man out of his time - a selfish, deceitful has-been, headlining a tacky revue in a rundown seaside town. Family tensions rise to a boil as he shamelessly cheats on his wife and tricks his dying father into financing one last revue. But throughout it all, Archie jigs and jabbers before his ever-diminishing audience and does whatever it takes to keep the show going.

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