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Claire Skinner joins the cast of Barney Norris’s Nightfall at the Bridge Theatre

Casting news

CLAIRE Skinner (as Jenny) will join the previously announced Ophelia Lovibond (Lou), Ukweli Roach (Pete) and Sion Daniel Young (Ryan) in the world premiere of Barney Norris’s Nightfall. Directed by Laurie Sansom, it will now run at the Bridge Theatre from May 8 (previews from April 28) to May 26, 2018.

Claire Skinner’s theatre credits include Blurred Lines, Mrs Affleck, Winter’s Tale and Othello (National Theatre), Deathtrap (Noel Coward Theatre) and most recently Prism and Rabbit Hole (Hampstead Theatre). She also performed in the critically acclaimed The Father for Theatre Royal Bath which transferred to The Tricycle and Wyndham’s Theatre. She also received an Olivier Award nomination and won a Critics’ Circle Award for her performance in the Donmar Warehouse’s The Glass Menagerie.

On television, she is best known as Sue Brockman from the BBC’s Outnumbered for which she was nominated for a Best Comedy Performance and Best TV Comedy Actress at the BAFTAs and British Comedy Awards respectively. She can currently be seen in ITV’s new drama Next Of Kin. Her other credits include roles in Power Monkeys, Inside No.9, Critical, Playhouse Presents: Mr Understood, Silk and Doctor Who.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Barney Norris’s Nightfall, which runs at the Bridge Theatre from May 8 (previews from April 23) to June 3, 2018.

Laurie Sansom will direct Ophelia Lovibond as Lou, Ukweli Roach as Pete and Sion Daniel Young as Ryan. Final casting will be announced shortly.

On a farm outside Winchester, Ryan struggles to make a living off the land. His sister Lou has returned home after the death of their father to support Jenny, their formidable mother. Not so long ago, when a neighbour’s Labrador strayed onto the farm, their dad reached for his shotgun. Now, when Lou’s boyfriend Pete reappears, flush with money from his job at an oil refinery, Jenny fights to hold her children to the life she planned for them.

Ophelia Lovibond is best known on television for playing Izzy Gould in the BBC’s W1A and was last on stage in Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother at Chichester Festival Theatre. Her other theatre credits include The Libertine (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The Effect (Sheffield Theatres). Her other television credits include Hooten & the Lady, Elementary, Inside No 9, Mr Sloane and Nathan Barley.

Lovibond’s films include Tommy’s Honor, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Man Up, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Single Shot, Gozo, Mr Popper’s Penguins, No Strings Attached, 4.3.2.1, Chatroom, London Boulevard, Nowhere Boy, Shadows in the Sun and Oliver Twist.

Ukweli Roach’s theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and Helen (Shakespeare’s Globe) and 5, 6, 7, 8 (Royal Court). He has also appeared on screen in Humans, Hard Sun, Blindspot, The Royals, Grantchester and Silk (TV); Streetdance 3D, One Day and Venus and the Son (film).

Sion Daniel Young’s theatre credits include Killology (Royal Court), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse (National Theatre), Mametz and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales), The Welsh Boy (Theatre Royal, Bath) and Llwyth (Sherman Theatre). His screen work includes Commoners, Hinterland, Our World War, Casualty and Gwaith Cartref (TV); Another Me, Private Peaceful and Daisy Chain (film).

Upon graduating from university, Barney Norris founded Up In Arms Theatre Company, of which he is the co-Artistic Director. His first play Visitors ran at the Arcola Theatre before transferring to the Bush Theatre, winning him the 2014 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. His other full-length plays are Eventide, Echo’s End and While We’re Here.

Norris is also the author of a bestselling novel, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, and a book on theatre, To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill. His second novel, Turning For Home, was published this month.

As Chief Executive/Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland Laurie Sansom directed Rona Munro’s The James Plays which were co-presented by the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain and toured the world. Sansom was previously Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where he directed the UK premiers of Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm and Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond The Horizon and The Festival of Chaos for London 2012. He was also Alan Ayckbourn’s Associate Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Tickets: from £15 to £65 with a limited number of premium seats available. A special allocation of £15 seats are held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26.

Also at the Bridge Theatre: Nicholas Hytner’s promenade production of Julius Caesar (January 20 to April 15, 2018).