Wastwater cast update at Royal Court Downstairs

Cast announced for Simon Stephen’s new play Wastwater, which opens at the Royal Court Downstairs 5 April 2011, following previews from 31 March - booking to 7 May 2011.

Linda Bassett (Frieda), Amanda Hale (Sian), Jo McInnes (Lisa), Paul Ready (Mark), Tom Sturridge (Harry), Angus Wright (Jonathan).

Directed by Katie Mitchell, design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Lucy Carter, sound by Gareth Fry.

Set on the edges of Heathrow Airport, Wastwater is an elliptical triptych - a snapshot of three different couples who make a choice that will define the fallout of their future. Harry is on the point of leaving England. Frieda knows she will never see him again. Lisa and Mark are on the point of a sexual betrayal that takes them into a place darker than they ever thought possible. Sian has a terrifying deal for Jonathan. She isn't going to take no for an answer.

Linda Bassett last appeared at the Royal Court in The Stone and Lucky Dog. Other theatre credits include Pericles and The Winter’s Tale at the RSC.

Amanda Hale last appeared at the Royal Court in The City. Her credits include Elektra at the Young Vic, Our Class and After Dido at the National Theatre, King Lear at the Young Vic.

Jo McInnes last appeared at the Royal Court in Fleshwound, 4.48 Psychosis and Bluebird. Her other credits include House of Bernard Alba at the National Theatre, M.A.D at the Bush, On Blindness and dirty butterfly at Soho Theatre.

Paul Ready last appeared at the Royal Court in Forty Winks, Black Milk, Crazyblackmuthaf***Ingself and Terrorism. His other theatre credits include London Assurance, Three More Sleepless Nights and Time and the Conways, Major Barbara, Waves, Attempts on Her Life and Saint Joan at the National Theatre.

Tom Sturridge made his theatre debut in 2009 in Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith for which he won a Critics’ Circle Outstanding Newcomer Award and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award.

Angus Wright theatre credits include Design for Living at the Old Vic, The Cat in the Hat, Mrs Affleck, War Horse, Saint Joan, The Seagull, Measure for Measure and Stuff Happens at the National Theatre and The Merchant of Venice at the RSC.

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