The cast for the world premiere of Young Marx, a new comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, directed by Nicholas Hytner, comprises Rory Kinnear (Karl Marx), Oliver Chris (Friedrich Engels), Nancy Carroll (Jenny von Westphalen), Laura Elphinstone (Helene ‘Nym’ Demuth), Eben Figueiredo (Konrad Schramm), Nicholas Burns (August von Willich), Tony Jayawardena (Gert “Doc” Schmidt), Miltos Yerolemou (Emmanuel Barthélemy), Duncan Wisbey (Fleece/Darwin), Scott Karim (Grabiner/Singe), Alana Ramsey (Mrs Mullett), Sophie Russell (Mrs Whitehead), Fode Simbo (Pastor Flint), William Troughton (Constable Crimp) and Joseph Wilkins (Sergeant Savage).
Reuniting the creative team behind the smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, Young Marx, the opening production at The Bridge, runs from 18 October (opening night Thursday 26 October) until 31 December 2017. Designs are by Mark Thompson with music by Grant Olding, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Arditti.
1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Young Marx will be broadcast on National Theatre Live on 7 December 2017
The Bridge Theatre, One Tower Bridge, London SE1 2SD