Drew Cain and Simon Roberts play David / Alec and Tom / Patrick respectively in The Original Theatre Company’s new thriller, The Croft by Ali Milles. They join the previously announced Gwen Taylor as Enid, Caroline Harker as Suzanne / Ruth and Lucy Doyle as Laura / Eilene. The UK tour begins at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 22 January 2020.
Drew Cain is best known for his television and film credits including Mission of Honour (also known as Hurricane, directed by David Blair), the TV movies Wallis: The Queen That Never Was and Albert: The Power Behind Victoria, Home Fires, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Tina and Bobby, EastEnders, Waterloo Road and Doctors. Drew will soon be appearing in BBC 1 drama The Nest and Channel 5’s new version of All Creatures Great and Small later this year. His radio credits include Therese Raquin, The Bride of Lamermoor, Stone, Brief Lives, Inventing Scotland and Bright Spark (all for BBC Radio 4).
Simon Roberts’s theatre credits include Witness For The Prosecution (London County Hall), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Untold Stories and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His television credits include Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Ein Sommer in Oxford (German TV), Mr Selfridge, Breathless, Absolute Power, The Queen’s Nose, Ted & Ralph and The Fast Show.
Gwen Taylor is best known for playing the title role in the sitcom Barbara, as well as Anne Foster in Coronation Street, Peggy Armstrong in Heartbeat, Rita Simcock in A Bit of A Do, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA TV Best Actress Award, and Amy in Duty Free. Her film appearances include Another Mother’s Son, The Lady in the Van and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Gwen is currently touring the UK in The Lady Vanishes. Her other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest and Night Must Fall (both for Original Theatre), Allelujah! (Bridge Theatre), The Slaves of Solitude (Hampstead Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy (Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre / UK Tour), Calendar Girls (UK tour), the title role in the national tour of Shirley Valentine, Top Girls (Royal Court and New York) and Gertrude in Sir Peter Hall’s production of Hamlet (London’s Gielgud Theatre and national tour).
Caroline Harker is best known for her role as Celia in Middlemarch, as well as WPC Hazel Wallace in A Touch of Frost. Her other notable television credits include Coronation Street, Doctors and Holby City. Caroline’s film credits include Lady Godiva: Back in the Saddle and The Madness of King George. She most recently starred in Relatively Speaking, Breaking Code and Handbagged (Salisbury Playhouse). Her other theatre credits include The Sweet Science of Bruising (Southwark Playhouse), The Chalk Garden (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Lucy Doyle recently graduated from RADA and made her professional debut this year at Theatre Royal Bath in Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938 alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Paul Hilton.
The Croft is set in the remote Scottish Highlands village of Coillie Ghille, where we encounter three women from different eras whose lives are intertwined by the croft’s dark history. In the 1880’s, we have Enid, the last person left in the village – she’s resilient, a survivor, who takes in the Laird’s pregnant daughter, Eilene. In 2005, Ruth occupies the croft, which she and her husband Tom bought as a holiday home and where Ruth has her affair with local man, David. In the present day, Laura returns with her friend Suzanne to her parent’s croft after her mother Ruth’s death. They discover the terrifying truth that lurks within the croft. In this bold and haunting play, the present interweaves with the past, as these women search for love in the midst of great danger. As we watch their stories intertwine and ancient tales surface, can the present heal the past?
The Croft is directed by the award-winning director Philip Franks, with design by Adrian Linford, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Max Pappenheim and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
This production is produced by The Original Theatre Company (The Habit of Art, The Night Watch, Birdsong).
Age Guidance 14+
2020 UK Tour Schedule
22 – 25 January Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 01242 572573
27 January – 1 February Derby Theatre 01332 59 39 39
4 – 8 February Perth Theatre 01738 621031
11 – 15 February Darlington Hippodrome 01325 405405
24 – 29 February Palace Theatre, Southend 01702 351135
11 – 14 March Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333
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16 – 21 March Ashcroft Playhouse, Fairfield Halls, Croydon 0203 292 0002
24 – 28 March Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 344101
31 March – 4 April Richmond Theatre 0844 871 7651
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6 – 11 April Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne 0132 341 2000
15 – 18 April Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 024 7655 3055