Final casting is announced for a rare production of D H Lawrence’s The Daughter-in-Law, a searing and unforgettable drama about heartache, inequality and the ties that bind, set in the heat of the 1912 miners’ strike.
This groundbreaking play, not published or performed in Lawrence’s lifetime, premiered in a Peter Gill production at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s.
It is receiving its first London production in over 15 years, staged in the round, at Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 23 May – Saturday 23 June.
Press night is Tuesday 29 May at 7.00pm.
Minnie has big ambitions for her new marriage to Luther Gascoyne, but Luther’s mother Mrs Gascoyne has ideas of her own. When she discovers explosive news about one of Luther’s old flames, Mrs Gascoyne lays the battle-lines for an emotional struggle that could tear the whole family apart.
Harry Hepple (Luther Gascoyne) is best known as the leading character Leo in the BBC1 series Boy Meets Girl. His numerous stage credits include playing Charlie in Privates on Parade, directed by Michael Grandage, Noel Coward Theatre, West End; Geoffrey, A Taste of Honey, National Theatre; The Baker, Into The Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory; Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Theatre; Chip in The 5th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Donmar Warehouse. He was recently seen as Spud in Wonderland, Adam Penford’s inaugural production at Nottingham Playhouse.
Ellie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne) was in Shakespeare in Love in the West End. one-woman show Bombshells, Jermyn Street Theatre; Lady Windermere, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Kings Head Theatre; Ida, Honk!, The Union Theatre; Soldier On, Playground Theatre/UK tour.
Veronica Roberts (Mrs Gascoyne) among her many credits, she was in Moving Pieces at the National Theatre; Dancing at Lughnasa in the West End; Judy in Harry and Judy, Southwark Playhouse and After Electra, The Drum Plymouth/Tricycle Theatre, London. She was Lady Hester in the film Mr Turner.
Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne) features in the upcoming WW1 film, The Burying Party, an official selection for the Los Angeles Film Awards 2018. His stage credits include Think of England, UK tour/Vault Festival and Leaf, Edinburgh Fringe/New Diorama Theatre.
Tessa Bell-Briggs (Mrs Purdy) was in the world premiere of Peter Gill’s As Good A Time As Any, Print Room at The Coronet and A Doll’s House and Hayfever, Manchester Royal Exchange.
Director Jack Gamble. Designer Louie Whitemore. Lighting Designer Geoff Hense. Sound Designer Dinah Mullen. Associate Director Quentin Beroud.
A co-production by Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth
by D H Lawrence
24 Ashwin Street,
London, E8 3D
Box office: 020 7503 1646
23 May – 23 June 2018