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Young Vic announces casting and extension for Bull

Casting has been announced for Bull at the Young Vic next month, along with an extension of the production’s run there.

Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning play is set to open at the Young Vic on 11th December 2015, and following the announcement of a one-week extension, will now run until 16th January 2016.

Starring in the cast are Max Bennett as Tony, Susannah Fielding as Isobel, Nigel Lindsay as Carter and Marc Wootton as Thomas.

Three colleagues battle over two jobs. In a cutthroat office environment, where every word is a weapon, playground tactics quickly escalate into manoeuvres of a far more vicious nature.

Bull premiered at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2013, where it won the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play. The production then transferred to 59E59 in New York as part of the Brits Off-Broadway season.

Clare Lizzimore’s production was first seen at the Young Vic earlier this year in a sold-out run from 8th January to 7th January 2015. It subsequently won the award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards.

Bull is written by playwright Mike Bartlett (King Charles II, Chariots of Fire, 13, Earthquakes in London) and was originally produced by Sheffield Theatre. The London production is a co-production by the Young Vic and Supporting Wall, directed by Clare Lizzimore and with design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Christopher Shutt.

Max Bennett has previously performed in the West End in such productions as Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Promise (Trafalgar Studios) and Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre) and won second prize in the Ian Charleson Awards for his roles as Frank in Mrs Warren’s Profession and Claudio in Measure For Measure. His other stage credits include: King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), Basildon (Royal Court Theatre), Danton’s Death (National Theatre) and Waste (Almeida Theatre).

Susannah Fielding has worked with the National Theatre in numerous productions, with early roles in The Rose Tattoo, Philistines, Much Ado About Nothing and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, and most recently, she played Mrs Sullen in the 2014 production The Beaux Stratagem. Her other stage credits include: An Enemy of the People (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), All New People (Duke of York’s Theatre) and American Psycho (Almeida Theatre). She won the 2014 Ian Charleson Award for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre.

Nigel Lindsay is an award-winning stage actor who appeared in Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre, originated the title role in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and appeared opposite David Tennant in Richard II at Stratford/Barbican. His extensive list of stage credits include: Speed The Plow (Playhouse Theatre), A Small Family Business (National Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), The Pillowman (National Theatre) and Awake and Sing (Almeida Theatre).

Marc Wootton is best known for his TV role as Shirley Ghostman, and for playing Mr Poppy in the Nativity! film series. His stage credits include: The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Theatre) and Season’s Greetings (National Theatre).

Bull runs at The Maria, Young Vic from 11th December 2015 to 16th January 2016. Opening night is on 15th December 2015.


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