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The Firm at Hampstead Theatre - production images released

Ray Fearon (Gus) in The Firm at Hampstead Downstairs. Photo credit Robert Day.

Casting news

PRODUCTION images have been released of Roy Williams’ gripping play The Firm. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Roy William’s returning production The Firm. Directed by Denis Lawson, it runs at Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs) from May 14 (previews from May 3) to June 8, 2019.

The line up includes Ray Fearon (as Gus), Makir Ahmed (Fraser), George Eggay (Trent), Jay Simpson (Leslie) and Clarence Smith (Selwyn).

I can’t get out of bed without groaning or feel summin inside of me is creaking… We’re too old for this shit.

In a pub in South London ‘The Firm’ reunite for the first time in twelve years. Once they were a notorious criminal gang. Today, they’re older, wiser and wistful – their lives changed beyond recognition.

But when an uninvited guest turns up to their reunion with an intriguing proposition and an explosive secret, they’re tempted to try their hands at one last job… Will they escape their pasts unscathed?

The Firm is a tale of growing up, lifelong loyalties and how sometimes, it is possible to choose your own family.

Ray Fearon’s theatre credits include Blue Door (Bath, Ustinov Studio); Hecuba; Julius Caesar; Pericles; Othello; Romeo and Juliet; The Merchant of Venice; Troilus and Cressida and Don Carlos (all RSC); Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Guys and Dolls; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Blues For Mister Charlie and A Raisin in the Sun (all Manchester Royal Exchange); The Lower Ninth (Donmar Warehouse); Venice Preserved (Almeida Theatre); Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre); The Soldier’s Fortune (Young Vic); Macbeth (Manchester Festival) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible).

His screen credits include Origin Unknown; The Foreigner; The Yellow Birds; Beauty and the Beast; The Hooligan Factory; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Hamlet (film); Fleabag; Silent Witness; Origin; Da Vinci’s Demons; Snach; New Blood; Silk; Shakespeare and Hathaway; Above Suspicion; Revelations; Keen Eddie; Outside the Rules; As If; Coronation Street and Waking The Dead (TV).

Makir Ahmed trained at the Identity School of Acting in London where he is based. His theatre work includes Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Gothenburg English Studio); A Further Education (Hampstead Downstairs) and Cookies (Theatre Royal Haymarket). His television work includes EastEnders, Unforgotten (Series 2), Doctors and Casualty.

George Eggay’s theatre work includes Ear For Eye (Royal Court); King Lear (Old Vic); The Tiger’s Bones (Polka Theatre/Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre); Arabian Nights (New Vic); Dishoodbe On TV (Hackney Empire); Passage to Freedom and This Accursed Thing (both National Portrait Gallery/House of Commons /Birmingham Museum); Frozen; A Streetcar Named Desire, The Power Book and The Wind in the Willows (all National Theatre); Starstruck (Tricycle Theatre); The Robbers (Gate Theatre); and Bretvski Street (Oval House).

His screen work includes All You Need Is Kill and The Final Passage (film); Black Earth Rising; Doctors; Sarajevo; Crimewatch; Spooks; Soldier Soldier; Pie in the Sky and Between the Lines (TV).

Jay Simpson’s theatre work includes Arden of Faversham and The Witch of Edmonton (both RSC); Scenes From An Execution; Mother Clap’s Molly House and Battle Royal (all National Theatre); The Pride (Sheffield Crucible); Dealer’s Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory/Trafalgar Studios); Diamond Hard (Almeida Theatre); The Good Samaritan and No Experience Required (both Hampstead Theatre); Richard III (Pleasance Theatre); Srebrenica (Tricycle/National Theatre) and Afters (Old Red Lion/BAC).

His screen work includes The 101 Year Old Man; Their Finest; The Guvnors; Wild Bill; Dreams of a Life; Rush; Acts of Godfrey; Thomas; Shifty; Hush Your Mouth; The Holiday and Pride and Prejudice (film); MotherFatherSon; Brexit; King Gary; Chernobyl; Frontier; Henry IX; Peep Show; Silent Witness; Cradle to the Grave; Not Going Out; Silk; The Guilty; Run; Utopia; Mrs Biggs; Hattie; Ashes to Ashes; Recovery; Bad Crowd; Soundproof; Rome; Foyle’s War (3 series) and The Firm (TV).

Clarence Smith’s theatre work includes Hamlet; King Lear; Antony and Cleopatra; American Trade; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale; Pericles; King Lear and Don Juan (all RSC); Chasing the Moment (Southwark Playhouse); King Lear (Headlong); The Storm (Almeida Theatre); The Honest Whore and The Merchant of Venice (both Shakespeare’s Globe); Romeo and Juliet; Fuente Ovejuna; Yerman and Blood Brothers (all Bristol Old Vic); The Jamaican Airman Forsees and Our Country’s Good (both Royal Court) and Smith (Salzburg National Theatre).

His screen work includes Misbehaviour; Intrigo: Death of an Author; Nobody Wants The Night; Roswell; Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and The Dinner (film); Catastrophe; The Selection (US Pilot); Casualty;, Undercover; X Company; Holby City; Hollyoaks; The Last Detective; Waking the Dead; EastEnders and Undercover Cops (TV).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit

Image: Ray Fearon as Gus. Photo credit Robert Day.