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Final West End cast announced to join Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe

Killer Joe cast
Killer Joe cast

The full cast is announced to join Hollywood star Orlando Bloom starring as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe in the West End.

Sophie Cookson (‘Sidney’ in Netflix series Gypsy, secret agent Roxanne “Roxy” Morton in the films Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle).

Adam Gillen (currently starring at the National Theatre as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the acclaimed production of Amadeus, and best known as Liam in five series of ITV’s Benidorm).

Neve McIntosh (Dr Who Lizard Queen Madam Vastra, a sword-wielding, human-eating late Victorian crime fighter and Kay Gillies, an award-winning career-minded architect in BBC1’s thriller The Replacement).

Steffan Rhodri (Labour Whip Walter Harrison in James Graham’s This House at the Garrick Theatre, and best known for portraying Dave Coaches on Gavin & Stacey and as Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I).

The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control…

A tense, gut-twisting thriller, Killer Joe, directed by Simon Evans (The Dazzle and Bug at Found111 and current West End hit The Best Man at The Playhouse) asks where the moral line is drawn in the fight for survival.

Killer Joe will play a strictly limited 13-week season from Friday 18 May – Saturday 18 August at Trafalgar Studio 1. Press night is Monday 4 June at 7.00pm

Produced by Emily Dobbs Productions and Empire Street Productions.

Orlando Bloom said: “I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home. Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play. It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream. Whilst Joe may appear to be simply a killer, I believe Lett’s intentions for Joe are far more layered. It’s very different from many of the film roles I’m most recognized for. After talking it through with director Simon Evans, I know we will create a production that is polarizing, entertaining, dark and funny. The play may be 25 years old this year, but the relationships it portrays, especially between Joe and the innocent girl Dottie, speak so brilliantly to the empowerment we’re seeing around the world in 2018. It’s the perfect time to be bringing this play back to London, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of it.

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Orlando Bloom
stars in
Killer Joe
by Tracy Letts

Trafalgar Studios 1
14 Whitehall London SW1A 2DY
Friday 18 May – Saturday 18 August
Press night Monday 4 June at 7.00pm
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Age recommendation 16+
Contains nudity, violence and adult themes

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