Alexandra Dowling (The Three Musketeers – BBC1, Game of Thrones – HBO), Vicky Binns (Coronation Street – ITV, Emerdale – ITV) and David Schaal (The Office – BBC2, The Inbetweeners – Channel 4) lead the cast of J B Priestley’s disturbing and disorientating psychological drama, I Have Been Here Before at Jermyn Street Theatre this May.
Exploring precognition and the fluidity of time and pitting fate against free will, I Have Been Here Before sets up a strange confrontation between real events and their alternatives to create a supernatural tale of mystery and suspense. Along with Time and The Conways and Dangerous Corner, the 1937 work is one of Priestley’s “time plays” inspired by Russian mathematician and mystic P D Ouspensky’s theories that whatever happens has already occurred many times and will do so again.
A group of strangers are brought together in a remote inn on the Yorkshire moors. Startled by the arrival of an unexpected guest, they soon discover that all their lives are inextricably linked, and a decision by any one of them could have profound consequences for them all. Gradually the mysterious visitor reveals that perhaps they are not strangers at all and everything that is happening now has all happened before…
I Have Been Here Before is directed by Jermyn Street Theatre’s artistic director Anthony Biggs and brings together Alexandra Dowling, Vicky Binns and David Schaal in a cast that also includes Edward Halsted and Daniel Souter.
I Have Been Here Before follows I Loved Lucy – Lee Tannen’s intimate portrait of America’s comic sweetheart Lucille Ball, starring Sandra Dickinson also directed by Anthony Biggs.
Anthony Biggs became Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre in January 2013. His previous productions at the theatre include the recent, Eugene O’Neill’s The First Man, Ivy & Joan, Flowers of The Forest, The South African Season, The Potsdam Quartet, the UK premiere of Ibsen’s St John’s Night, Charles Morgan’s The River Line, Ibsen’s Little Eyolf and the revival of Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval.
The New Actors Company is an award nominated theatre company that was founded by acting graduates in 2009. Their first production was A Dinner Party, devised and written by the company, and performed at the Camden Peoples Theatre. Since then this company of actors has presented seven more productions in London including Now We Are Sixty (Kings Head Theatre), The Moment of Truth (Southwark Playhouse), The Grand Duke( Finborough Theatre) and J B Priestley’s They Came To A City (Southwark Playhouse). The New Actors Company is also responsible for Sunday Readings In The Park, in association with Park Theatre, and will return in May with a new season of theatrical gems performed entirely in rep. The company is supported by Stage One.
Jermyn Street Theatre in association with The New Actors Company presents:
I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE By J B PRIESTLEY
Director – Anthony Biggs
Designers Lucky Bert
Lighting Designer Tim Mascall
Sound Designer – Gareth McLeod
Jermyn Street Theatre
May 3 to 21 2016
Press performance May 5 – 7.30pm
Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street,
London, SW1Y 6ST
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