Casting is today announced for the HighTide production of Al Smith’s debut play Harrogate. Nigel Lindsay joins Sarah Ridgeway, who starred in the original production at HighTide Festival 2015, for the London premiere at the Royal Court Theatre from 20th to 29th October 2016 and UK Tour. Richard Twyman, the newly appointed Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre, returns to direct Harrogate, which had an acclaimed sell-out run at the influential annual HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
“I dream about you young. When I’m asleep you’re as young as the girl I met.”
Time passes. Roles Change. People become different versions of themselves.
From lover, to father, to husband, one man craves the past but knows his desire for it will destroy his family.
“Each one of us is gonna sit down one day and not be able to stand up, like we’ve disappeared to ourselves.”
Harrogate is Al Smith’s debut professional production. His other credits for theatre include: Diary of a Madman (Traverse, Gate Theatre); Enola; Radio; The Bird (Underbelly); The Astronaut Wives Club (Soho Theatre). He is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and the Traverse Theatre. Writing for television includes: Shakespeare Live!; The Coroner; Father Brown; The Cut; Africa; Holby City; EastEnders. Writing for radio includes: LifeLines; Duchamp’s Urinal; Everyday Time Machines; Life in the Freezer; The Postman of Good Hope; Radio. Al was awarded the BFI / Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize for Halflife, and was a recipient of the Pearson Playwriting Bursary at the Finborough Theatre.
Nigel Lindsay plays Him. Theatre credits include: Guys and Dolls (Phoenix, West End); Bull (Young Vic); Speed-the-Plow (Playhouse); A Small Family Business; The Pillowman; London Cuckolds; Blue Remembered Hills; Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville) (National Theatre); Richard II (RSC); The Same Deep Water as Me; The Real Thing (also Albery and Broadway); Morphic Resonance (Donmar Warehouse); Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Olivier and WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Actor in a Musical); Broken Glass (WhatsOnStage award for Best Supporting Actor); Anna Karenina (Tricycle Theatre); Sucker Punch; The Woman Before; Push Up; King Lear (Royal Court); Under the Blue Sky (Duke of Yorks); The Homecoming; Awake and Sing; The Earthly Paradise; Romance; The Tower (Almeida); Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly); World Music; Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible); The Tempest (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych); Katerina (Lyric Hammersmith). Nigel’s film credits include: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa; Four Lions (nomination for Best British Comedy Performance in Film); Scoop (directed by Woody Allen); Rogue Trader; and his television credits include: Victoria; You, Me and the Apocalypse; Poirot; The Tunnel; Rome; Spooks; I’m Alan Partridge; Waking the Dead. Future productions include: White Gold (BBC); Innocent; Unforgotten II (ITV).
Sarah Ridgeway plays Her. Sarah’s TV credits include: Miss Marple (ITV); The Crimson Petal and The White (BBC); The Suspicions of Mister Whicher (ITV); Call The Midwife; Making of a Lady; Holby City. Theatre credits include: The Acrington Pals; You Can’t Take it With You (Royal Exchange); Sucker Punch (The Royal Court) Days of Significance; Titus Andronicus; A Mad World My Masters; Candide (RSC), The Cherry Orchard; (Young Vic); Forget Me Not (HighTide, Bush Theatre); Fury (Soho Theatre).
Richard Twyman has been appointed Artistic Director for English Touring Theatre, where he will start in November 2016. Previously, Richard was Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court Theatre from 2013 – 2016, where his directing work includes Torn, You For Me For You; Fireworks; The Djinns of Eidgah and PIIGS. His other theatre credits include Harrogate (HighTide), The Djinns of Eidgah (Rage, Mumbai/Writers’ Bloc Festival), Henry IV Pt II (RSC), Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels/HighTide), Dr Marigold & Mr Chops (Theatre Royal Bath & UK Tour), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Give Me Your Hand (Irish Rep, New York – nomination for the Drama Desk Award 2012 for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience). Between 2003 and 2008 he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was Associate Director to Michael Boyd on the multi-award winning Histories Cycle for which he directed Henry IV Pt II. The production, alongside the Histories, was honoured with three Olivier Awards (2009 Best Revival, Best Ensemble, Best Costume), the Evening Standard Editor’s Choice Award, and named by Michael Billington as his productions of the decade 2000-2010. Richard also works as a dance dramaturg, where his credits include Bayadère-The Ninth Life (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Linbury ROH), Please be Seated (New Movement Collective, Royal Festival Hall), Nest (New Movement Collective, Stone Nest) and Who Killed Bambi (Renaud Wiser Dance Company).
Royal Court Theatre
20th to 29th October 2016
** THE BIG IDEA
Al Smith in conversation
Tuesday 25th October 2016 post-show
The playwright talks with Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison.
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
1 – 16 November
Farnham Maltings – 1 November – 7:30pm
artsdepot, London – 2 November – 7:30pm
Harlow Playhouse – 3 November – 8:00pm
The North Wall, Oxford – 4 November – 8:00pm
The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury – 6 November –8:00pm
The Garage, Norwich – 10 November – 7:30pm
Didcot Cornerstone – 11 November – 7:30pm
Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds – 14 November – 7:30pm
Cambridge Junction – 16 November – 7:30pm
Tickets: Pricing differs with each venue.