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Casting announced for Gentlemen at Arcola Theatre

The cast of Gentlemen

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world première of Matt Parvin’s new drama Gentlemen. Directed by Richard Speir, it runs at Arcola Theatre from March 24 (previews from March 18) to April 18, 2020.

The line up includes Will Merrick, Danny Kirrane and Ralph Prosser, who will be making his professional theatre debut as Kaspar.

Will Merrick returns to Arcola to play Greg. Known for his role as Alo Creevey in the E4 drama Skins, for which he won the RTS Award for Best Actor, Merrick has since starred as snooker player Steve Davis in the BBC’s The Rack Pack and as Nicky in the E4 sitcom Dead Pixels. He previously starred in Ella Hickson’s Boys, which transferred to Arcola in 2013 following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Danny Kirrane makes his Arcola debut as Timby. Kirrane’s extensive stage career includes roles at the National Theatre, Royal Court and Almeida Theatre. He has also starred in Jed Mercurio’s Critical, the E4 sitcom Wasted and the musical film Walking on Sunshine.

Testing the limits of retribution and the power of social status at university, Gentlemen examines what happens when culture turns toxic, and how a fear of not fitting in risks everyone losing out.

Matt Parvin previously trained as part of the Arcola Theatre Writer’s Programme in 2015. His adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with the Oxford University Dramatic Society, was presented at Arcola Theatre in 2013 as part of the E8Eh programme of Edinburgh Festival Fringe transfers.

Speaking about Gentlemen, Parvin said: “I am delighted to be working at Arcola and honoured to be one of the first shows in their 20th anniversary season. The first play of mine to be staged in London was on in Studio 2, which remains one of my favourite theatre spaces. I can’t wait to see Gentlemen in there, brought to life by the fantastic Danny Kirrane, Will Merrick and Ralph Prosser, and directed by the brilliant Richard Speir.”

Gentlemen is designed by Cecilia Trono, with lighting by Geoff Hense and sound by Beth Duke.

Gentlemen is part of Arcola Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season, with Jack Shepherd’s new play The Cutting Edge running in Studio 1 until March 21.