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Cast announced for Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 at Jermyn Street Theatre

The cast of Tonight at 8.30

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for the first complete London revival of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 since 1936. Staged by Jermyn Street Theatre as part of its The Reaction Season – 15 plays and musicals, 12 of them one-act – is based around themes of reacting and re-enacting.

Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30, running from April 10 to May 20, 2018, features nine one-act plays ranging from music-hall pastiche, to light comedies, to heartbreaking drama. These have been arranged into three trios entitled Secret Hearts, Nuclear Families and Bedroom Farces, with the chance to see all three trios (nine plays) in a single day on Saturdays and Sundays. Read more.

Nine actors play 73 roles across the nine plays.

The ensemble cast includes Olivier Award-winning Sara Crowe (West End roles include Sybil in Private Lives, Calendar Girls, Bedroom Farce), Ian Hallard (nominated for Best Actor for The Boys in the Band in last year’s WhatsOnStage Awards), Nick Waring (Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman, The Heart of Things, Jermyn Street Theatre), Miranda Foster (Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Olivier Award nominee Rosemary Ashe.

Musical direction and piano is provided by Coward specialist Stefan Benardzcyk, who also plays a number of roles.

Completing the cast are Jeremy Rose (currently at English Theatre Frankfurt in Jekyll and Hyde), Boadicea Ricketts (nominated for two OffWestEndAwards as Best Actress and Best Ensemble in her debut as Sylv in the revival of Steven Berkoff’s East), and Ben Wiggins (Henry V, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Set design is by Louie Whitemore, twice nominated for OffWestEnd Awards for her work at Jermyn Street Theatre last year, and costume designs are by Emily Stuart (two-time OffWestEnd Award winner). Choreography is by Gabriella Bird, lighting by Tim Mascall, and sound by Tom Attwood. The plays are directed by Tom Littler, Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Director, who said:

“This is the most ambitious season in our 24-year history, and I am incredibly grateful to all of the people who have helped to set it up. I am very excited to be directing the whole of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 – in our intimate studio space, I think these plays can be revealed as works of extraordinary insight, wit, and emotional impact. Although each trio stands alone, I hope people will come to experience the full breadth of this remarkable cycle, which I count as Coward’s finest achievement.”

Cast (and the roles they are playing in the season):

Rosemary Ashe: Clara (We Were Dancing), Nanny (Ways and Means), Martha (Shadow Play), Lily Pepper (Red Peppers) Violet (Star Chamber), Myrtle (Still Life), Emily (Family Album), Clare Wedderburn (Hands Across the Sea).

Stefan Bednarczyk Musical Director/Piano and playing: Major Blake (We Were Dancing), Alf (Red Peppers), Jimmie Horlick (Star Chamber), Albert (Still Life), Burrows (Family Album), Peter (Hands Across the Sea), Sir Reginald (The Astonished Heart).

Sara Crowe: Louise Charteris (We Were Dancing), Olive Lloyd-Ransom (Ways and Means), Victoria (Shadow Play), Xenia James (Star Chamber), Dolly (Still Life), Lavinia (Family Album), Mrs Wadhurst (Hands Across the Sea), Leonora (The Astonished Heart).

Miranda Foster: Stella (Ways and Means), Sibyl (Shadow Play), Miss Mabel Grace (Red Peppers) Dame Rose (Star Chamber), Laura (Still Life), Jane (Family Album), Piggie (Hands Across the Sea), Barbara (The Astonished Heart).

Ian Hallard: Karl (We Were Dancing), Chaps (Ways and Means), Simon (Shadow Play), Johnny Bolton (Star Chamber), Johnnie (Still Life), Richard (Family Album), Mr Wadhurst (Hands Across the Sea).

Jeremy Rose: Servant (We Were Dancing), Gaston (Ways and Means), George Cunningham (Shadow Play), George Pepper (Red Peppers), Julian Breed (Star Chamber), Bill (Still Life), Edward (Family Album), Ally (Hands Across the Sea), Ernest (The Astonished Heart).

Boadicea Ricketts: Eva (We Were Dancing), Princess Eléna (Ways and Means), Lena (Shadow Play), Hester (Star Chamber), Beryl (Still Life), Harriet (Family Album), Walters (Hands Across the Sea), Susan (The Astonished Heart).

Nick Waring: Hubert Charteris (We Were Dancing), Toby Cartwright (Ways and Means), Michael (Shadow Play), Mr Edwards (Red Peppers), Mr Farmer (Star Chamber), Alec (Still Life), Jasper Featherways (Family Album), Major ‘Bogey’ Gosling (Hands Across the Sea), Christian (The Astonished Heart).

Ben Wiggins: George (We Were Dancing), Stevens (Ways and Means), Young Man (Shadow Play), Alf (Red Peppers), Maurice (Star Chamber), Stanley (Still Life), Charles (Family Album), Mr Burnham (Hands Across the Sea), Tim (The Astonished Heart).

Tonight at 8.30 plays in repertory with Tomorrow at Noon, featuring three new plays by Jenny Ayres, Emma Harding, and Morna Young, each reacting to one of Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 plays, and responding to it in a contemporary voice. Ayres, Harding and Young were chosen from over 390 anonymous entrants.

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