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Initial casting announced for The American Clock at The Old Vic

John Marquez

Casting news

INITIAL casting has been announced for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, which runs at The Old Vic from February 13 (previews from February 4) to March 30, 2019.

Visionary director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hadestown) directs Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism, with music by Justin Ellington.

The cast so far includes Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Greg Bernstein, Clare Burt, Flora Dawson, Abhin Galeya, Fred Haig, Jyuddah Jaymes, John Marquez, Francesca Mills, Taheen Modak, Christian Patterson, Golda Rosheuvel, Abdul Salis, Josie Walker and Ewan Wardrop, with further casting to be announced.

Director Rachel Chavkin said: “We’re excited to be bringing together a range of wholly unique artists for The American Clock. It’s essential that this production capture the epic scope of Arthur’s play, which includes many races and cultures and classes, not to mention different corners of the American geography. All the characters in the play are struggling with the shared experience of the Great Depression and I hope that by embracing the cultural specificity of each performer we will further deepen and expand the themes of the show.”

Amber Aga plays Rose Baum. Her theatre credits include Ant Street, I Call My Brothers (Arcola); Reading Hebron, Factors Unforeseen (Orange Tree Theatre); Lidless (Highgate Festival); The Container (Young Vic); The Man of Mode (National Theatre) and The Suppliants (Battersea Arts Centre). Television credits include There She Goes, Shakespeare and Hathaway, Absentia, Midsomer Murders, Bounty Hunters, Doctors, Agatha Raisin, Holby City, Silent Witness, The Tunnel, Casualty, Lewis, Waking the Dead, Law and Order, Touch of Frost, Murder City, The Bill, Broken News, Green Wing, Totally Frank and EastEnders.

Aga is also a poet and spoken word artist with credits around London including at The Roundhouse and The Finborough.

Paul Bentall plays Grandpa and Kapush. His theatre credits include extensive work for the RSC, including Eastward Ho!, Edward III, Love in a Wood, Jubilee, Richard III, Cymbeline, Spanish Tragedy, Henry VIII and A Servant to Two Masters (also at the Ambassadors); and for the National Theatre, including Edward II, Captain of Köpenick, Timon of Athens, Antigone, The Comedy of Errors, Love the Sinner and Theatre of Blood.

Bentall’s other theatre includes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre); You Never Can Tell (Garrick Theatre); Pity (Royal Court); The Man Who Had all the Luck, My Dad’s a Birdman (Young Vic); Darwin’s Flood (Bush Theatre); The Mikado (Orange Tree); Brighton Rock (Almeida Theatre); Time of My Life (Watford Palace); and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

His screen credits include SS GB, Dark Angel, Apocalypse Slough, Midwinter of the Spirit, War and Peace, Law and Order, Midsomer Murders, Wolfenden, Silent Witness, Why We Went to War and The Governor (TV); Bridget Jones’ Baby, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Private Peaceful (film).

Greg Bernstein’s theatre credits include 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Caroline, Or Change (National Theatre); Billy Elliott (Victoria Palace Theatre); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) and Mary Poppins, Barnum (UK Tour). On television he has appeared in Casualty.

Clare Burt plays Rose Baum and Lucille. Her theatre credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre/Sheffield Crucible – UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical); Miss Littlewood (RSC); Big Fish (The Other Palace); The Divide (Edinburgh International Festival); Sunspots (Hampstead Theatre); Game (Almeida Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, Vernon God Little (Young Vic); This Is My Family (Sheffield Crucible); London Road, Coram Boy (National Theatre) and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse).

Burt’s screen work includes Tina and Bobby, The Children Next Door, Cuffs, Top Boy 2, Fair Cop and Criminal Justice (TV); Failure to Thrive, The Levelling, London Road, X&Y and Broken (film).

Flora Dawson’s theatre credits include Singin’ In the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre/Palace Theatre); Wonderful Town (Barbican/London Symphony Orchestra); Funny Girl, White Christmas (UK Tour) and Kiss Me, Kate (Welsh National Opera). Her film credits include Judy.

Abhin Galeya plays Moe Baum, Tony and Farmer. His theatre credits include Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure (Actors Touring Company, Edinburgh); Hedda Gabler (National Theatre UK Tour); The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths (Arcola Theatre); Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Category B, Seize the Day, Detaining Justice, Best of Motives (Tricycle Theatre); The Container, East is East (Young Vic); In a Caravan, The Hot Zone (Battersea Arts Centre) and The Ramayana (National Theatre).

Galeya’s screen credits include I Knew Jesus, Silent Witness, Killing Jesus, The Royals, Father Brown, Fresh Meat, Hustle, White Heat, 10 Days to War, Robin Hood, The Bill, Holby City, Life in the Underpass, Waking the Dead, Rome, MIT, Casualty, First Degree, Totally Frank, Final Demand, Judge John Deed, Bad Girls and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV); Down to Earth, Let Me Go, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Film, Clean Skin, The Blue Tower and Wimbledon (film).

Fred Haig plays Lee Baum and Sidney Margolies. His theatre credits include Follies (National Theatre) and Ostrich Boys (Belgrade Theatre). Film and television credits include Ironbark and Summer of Rockets.

Jyuddah Jaymes plays Lee Baum, Charley and Graham. His theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Young Vic); The Garden Hop (Bristol Old Vic), Little Baby Jesus (Wardrobe Theatre), Under Milk Wood, Little Baby Jesus, The Wizard of Oz, The Taming of the Shrew, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Blue/Orange (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School). Television credits include the second series of Clique.

John Marquez plays Moe Baum, Farmer and Ryan. His theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime, Good Soul of Seitzuan, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre); Ding Dong the Wicked, Mother Theresa is Dead (Royal Court); Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre); The Twilight Zone, The Chain Play, The Hypochondriac, The House of Games (Almeida Theatre); The Emperor Jones, Market Boy, Sing Your Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre); The Anniversary (Garrick Theatre); The Messiah (The Other Palace); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC) and Flea in her Ear (The Old Vic).

Marquez’ television credits include Death in Paradise, In the Club, Doc Martin, Hotel Babylon, Suburban Shootout, Britannia and Ronni Ancona & Co.

Francesca Mills plays Edie, Doris Gross, Diana Morgan, Isabel, Harriet Taylor and Lucy. Her theatre credits include Pity (Royal Court); The Two Noble Kinsman (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A Pacifist’s Guide To The War on Cancer (Complicité/National Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible); Cyrano de Bergerac (Northern Broadsides/UK Tour); The Government Inspector (Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and See How They Run (The Reduced Height Theatre Company).

Mills television and film credits include Harlots, End the Awkward and Zoolander 2.

Taheen Modak plays Lee Baum and Joe. Modak trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and The American Clock marks his professional stage debut. On television, he will soon be seen in a regular role in The Bay for ITV.

Christian Patterson plays Arthur Clayton, Dr. Rosman and Judge Bradley. His theatre credits include The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); My Country (National Theatre/UK Tour); St Nicholas, Blackbird, The Dying of Today, Blasted (The Other Room); Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Journey’s End (West End/UK Tour); The Gondoliers, The Merchant of Venice, The Water Babies (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Secret Garden (RSC/Aldwych Theatre). He is an Associate Actor of Theatr Clwyd where his credits include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Insignificance, All My Sons, Aristocrats, Rape of the Fair Country, Glengarry Glen Ross and As You Like It

Patterson’s screen credits include My Country, Holby City, Doctors, Mr Selfridge, Outside The Rules and Krod Mandoon (TV); Pride, Malice in Wonderland and I Know You Know (film).

Golda Rosheuvel plays Rose Baum, Irene and Mrs. Taylor. Her theatre credits include Othello, The Big I Am, Paint Your Wagon (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Electra, Carmen Jones (The Old Vic); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Gielgud Theatre); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC West End); The Front Line, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Porgy and Bess, Macbeth (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Now We Are Here (Young Vic); Angels in America (Headlong Theatre); The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory); Juliet and her Romeo (Bristol Old Vic) and The Winter’s Tale (Schtanhaus/Headlong Theatre).

Abdul Salis plays Isaac, Frank, Toland and Jesse Livermore. His theatre credits include Barber Shop Chronicles, War Horse (National Theatre); Don Juan in Soho (Donmar Warehouse); Distance (Park Theatre); A Bit of Light, Birth! (Royal Exchange); 31 Hours (Bunker Theatre); Breakfast Plays (Traverse Theatre); Boy (Almeida Theatre); Roundabout Season (Paines Plough); The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre); Henry V (Unicorn); Joe Guy (New Wolsey Ipswich/Soho Theatre) and The Exonerated (Dublin Festival).

Josie Walker plays Fanny Margolies. Her theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre/Sheffield Crucible); Matilda The Musical (RSC/Cambridge Theatre); The Plough and The Stars, Husbands and Sons, 3 Winters, The Silver Tassie (National Theatre); War Horse (New London Theatre); Corrie The Play (Lowry Manchester); Enjoy (National Tour/Gielgud Theatre); Assassins (Crucible Sheffield); Abigail’s Party (Northcott
Exeter); A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatr Clwyd); Little Shop of Horrors (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

Ewan Wardrop plays Theodore K. Quinn, Brewster, William Durant and Stanislaus. His theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Wind and the Willows (Royal Opera House/Vaudeville/Duchess); Enron (Noel Coward Theatre); Faeries, Stromboli (Royal Opera House); Up from the Waste (Soho Theatre); On Your Toes (Southbank Centre); Play Without Words (National Theatre); Dick Whittington (Sadler’s Wells); The Deep Blue Sea, Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Noise of Time (Complicité); Beauty and the Beast (RSC), Nutcracker (New Adventures); The Carman, Cinderella, Swan Lake (Adventures in Motion Pictures) and Der Freishutz (English National Opera).

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