CASTING IS ANNOUNCED FOR HOPE BY JACK THORNE, DIRECTED BY JOHN TIFFANY
THE CAST INCLUDES RUDI DHARMALINGAM, SHARON DUNCAN-BREWSTER, JO EASTWOOD, CHRISTINE ENTWISLE, TOM GEORGESON, STELLA GONET, PAUL HIGGINS, TOMMY KNIGHT AND NISHA NAYAR
“We live in an age of cuts. We are a working class town, that’s our strength – and in the current climate, our weakness.”
How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council are about to find out.
Casting is announced today for Hope, BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne’s first original play to be staged at the Royal Court. Hope follows Thorne’s success with Glue and This is England ’86 and reunites him with director John Tiffany after their celebrated production Let the Right One In, which transferred to the West End earlier this year.
The cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Jo Eastwood, Christine Entwisle, Tom Georgeson, Stella Gonet, Paul Higgins, Tommy Knight and Nisha Nayar.
Hope is an urgent, responsive play about where we are right now politically. Thorne’s funny, heartfelt and scathing fable attacks the squeeze on local government, examines our disillusionment with the current political parties and asks where we go from here.
The production is directed by John Tiffany, designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Chahine Yavroyan and sound by Carolyn Downing. Martin Lowe composes and is musical supervisor.
Jack Thorne made his Royal Court debut last year with his adaptation of Let the Right One In. His recent theatre credits include Stuart: A Life Backwards at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mydidae, The Physicists (adapt.) 2 May 1997, When you Cure Me and Bunny, for which he won a Fringe First Award. On television, his work includes Glue (currently running on Channel 4), The Fades (Best Drama Series – BAFTA 2012), This Is England 88 (Best Mini-Series – BAFTA 2012) and This Is England 86, with Shane Meadows. On screen, his credits include a screen adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down, The Scouting Book for Boys and War Book.
John Tiffany, Associate Director of the Royal Court, directs. His most recent credits at the Royal Court include The Pass by John Donnelly and Let the Right One In (a National Theatre of Scotland production, which transferred to the Apollo in the West End), and he will direct The Twits there next April. His production of The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Broadway was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Director, and Once (New York Theater Workshop, Broadway, Melbourne Australia and the West End) won John a Tony, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and an Obie Award. His work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also on Broadway), Enquirer (co-directed with Vicky Featherstone), The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae and Black Watch, for which he won an Olivier and Critics’ Circle Award
The Big Idea: Hope
The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court launched during last year’s Open Court festival, offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage.
Hope By Jack Thorne
Directed by John Tiffany
Wed 26 Nov – Sat 10 Jan 2015
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Sat matinees (from 6 Dec) 2.30pm
Thurs matinee (from 4 Dec) 2.30pm
Captioned performance Wed 7 Jan, 7.45pm
Audio described performance Sat 20 Dec, 2.30pm
No performances 24 Dec - 1 Jan
Age Guidance 14+
Friday 24th October 2014