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Tim McArthur to play Azdak the judge in The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Tim McArthurLazarus Theatre Company have announced that Tim McArthur will make his Lazarus debut playing the role of Azdak the Judge.

I am delighted to be appearing in The Caucasian Chalk Circle for Ricky Dukes and Lazarus Theatre Company having been a fan of their work for many years. It’s such a honour and a privilege to be playing the part of Azdak in this exciting new production. In recent years my work as an actor has been dominated by comedy roles, so it’s great to get my teeth back into something darker and a little more challenging.” Said Tim McArthur.

Tim’s theatre credits include: Maurice in Bathhouse (Above the Stag); Sam Byck in Assassins (Pleasance); Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and Classic Moments: Hidden Treasures (Jermyn Street Theatre); Silence The Musical and Blink (Above the Stag); Blair on Broadway (Arts Theatre); Company (Palace Theatre, Westcliffe); Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s Tribute (London Palladium).

Solo cabaret shows include: Don’t Tell Mama (New York); The Purcell Room; Union Theatre; Jermyn Street Theatre, Pizza On The Park and Theatre Lounge (Kuala Lumpur), Tim has also supported Graham Norton, Julian Clary and Bobby Davro. As Sister Mary McArthur appearances include: West End Eurovision; Edinburgh Festival Gilded Balloon; The Graham Norton Show (BBC1); Elton John’s Christmas Party, New Space Theatre 2 (Cape Town).

Tim currently hosts The Curtain Up Show (Resonance 104.4FM) 2014 and 2015 presenter of West End Wilma Awards and for 2 years Tim Hosted the Red Carpet at West End Eurovision.

The Caucasian Chalk CircleAlso making their Lazarus Debut, Ashleigh Cordery takes the role of Grusha, Jon Tozzi the role of Simon, Charlotte Knowles and Paula Brett take on the roles of Governors Wife and Nanny respectively. Grace Cheatle plays the role of Mother-in-law and Ludovica while Charles Warner, Adam Boyle, Rob Peacock and Simáo Ramos take on the roles of Adjuntant, Monk / Nephew, Governor and Jessup respectively.

Returning to the company after playing in our 2015 production of Tamburlaine the Great, Pauline Nakirya plays the role of Aniko and Tom Woodward plays the role of Lavrenti.

Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle
A girl must make a choice… to take the child and run, or leave him behind in the fury of civil war.

Brecht’s thrilling and revolutionary play follows a young girl who makes the biggest decision of her life. Set against the back drop of war and mutiny, Grusha seeks refuge and asylum. Her crime: saving the son of the fleeing establishment. Her reward: The Chalk Circle.

Lazarus is an award winning Theatre Company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience. The Caucasian Chalk Circle is directed by Lazarus Theatre Artistic Director, Ricky Dukes.

Azdak – Tim McArthur
Grusha – Ashleigh Cordery
Simon – Jon Tozzi
The Governor’s Wife / Lady – Charlotte Knowles
Aniko / Old Peasant / Woman – Pauline Nakirya
Nanny / Fat Peasant – Paula Brett
Mother-in-law / Ludovica – Grace Cheatle
Adjutant / Inn keeper – Charles Warner
Monk / Nephew – Adam Boyle
Governor / Corporal – Rob Peacock
Jessup / Shauva – Simáo Ramos
Fat Prince / Lavrenti / Irakli – Tom Woodward

Written by Bertolt Brecht translated by Frank McGuinness
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Sound Design and composition by Neil McKeown, co-composer – Robert Locke
Costume Design by Rachel Dingle

Dates 23rd February – 12th March, Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm
Venue The Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley.
The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
PRESS AND OPENING NIGHT 25th February 2016
Twitter @LazarusTheatre
Facebook /LazarusTheatre


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