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Casting announced for The Strange Death of John Doe at Hampstead Theatre

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CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Fiona Doyle’s The Strange Death of John Doe. Inspired by real events, this powerful and poignant new play runs at Hampstead Theatre from June 5 (previews from May 25) to June 30, 2018.

The line up includes Damola Adelaja (as Felipe/Airport Security/Aviation Official), Charlotte Bradley (Ger), Benjamin Cawley (Ximo), Callie Cooke (Anna/Rae), Maynard Eziashi (The Document Doctor/Paulino/Moruf), Nick Hendrix (Samuel/Jan/Traveller/Coroner), Rhashan Stone (Johan Kavura) and Abigail Thaw (Carter).

London – the present day. The unidentified body of a young man with fatal head injuries is found face down in a suburban street. Who is he and where did he come from? He has no ID and nobody witnessed anything. It’s as if he has just fallen from the sky…

Clinically named as ‘John Doe’, the pathologists must uncover the truth and piece his story – and body – back together. A breakthrough sends DC John Kavura into overdrive for answers and as his investigation unravels, he discovers a haunting story of our time.

Damola Adelaja’s theatre work includes Parliament Square (Bush/Royal Exchange); The Immigrant (Rich Mix/British Library); Under Dark Skies (Talawa); Our Country’s Good (St James’ Theatre, Out Of Joint); A Drop to Drink (Soho Theatre); Fixer (Oval House Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Ruined (Almeida). Screen work includes White Colour Black; The Huntsman: Winter’s War; The Circus and Ragtime (film); Berlin Station; EastEnders and Doctors (TV).

Charlotte Bradley’s theatre work includes The Unmanageable Sisters (Abbey Theatre); Liolà (National Theatre); Mum’s the Word (Tivoli Theatre); An Solas Dearg and Dún na mBan Trí Thine (Peacock Theatre); and Wasters (SFX Theatre). Screen work includes Striking Out 2; The Yank; Titanic: Blood & Steel; Shameless; Veronica Guerin; Moll Flanders; Father Ted – The Old Grey Whistle Theft and Family.

Benjamin Cawley’s theatre work includes Queen of Chapeltown (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse); Get Carter (Northern Stage/UK tour); The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution (Finborough Theatre); Chavs (Lyric, Hammersmith); Dunsinane (RSC); Sticks and Stones (Old Red Lion); Dark Carnival (Old Vic Tunnels); and Patterns of Grace (Hampstead Theatre/Heat & Light). Screen work includes Christmas Eve and Tick (film); Crossing Lines; The Pact; Doctor Who; Shetland; Doctors and How TV Ruined Your Life (TV).

Callie Cooke graduated from Drama school in 2015. Theatre work includes Filthy Business (Hampstead Theatre); and Firebird (Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar Studios – nomination for Emerging New Talent at the Evening Standard Awards). Television work includes Britannia (series regular); Overshadowed; Strike and Informers.

Maynard Eziashi’s theatre work includes The Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre/WYP); Free Fall (Pleasance Theatre); The Dead Wait (Park Theatre); The Winter’s Tale; Pericles and Season of Migration to the North (RSC); and A Jamaican Airman Forsees His Fall (Royal Court). Screen work includes Streets of Calabar; Paradise or Something; Colour Me Kubrick; When Brendan Met Trudy; Ace Ventura, Pet Detective: When Nature Calls; and Mr. Johnson – winner of the Silver Bear for the Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival (film); Coronation Street; Casualty; Hotel Babylon; The Changeling; Downton Lagos; Hallelujah Anyhow and The Bill (TV).

Nick Hendrix’ theatre work includes Man and Superman and The Light Princess (National Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); The Winslow Boy (Old Vic); What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre); Journey’s End (UK tour) and Eden End (Theatre Royal, Northampton/ETT tour). Screen work includes Legend; Suffragette; Captain America and Red Tails (film); Midsomer Murders (series 19 & 20); Marcella; The Crown; Foyle’s War (series 9); The White Queen; Call The Midwife; Lightfields; Inspector George Gently; Black Mirror and Silk (TV).

Rhashan Stone’s theatre work includes iHO (Hampstead Theatre); Our Town (Almeida Theatre); Love and Information and Clubland (Royal Court); Southwark Fair; The Red Balloon and Sweeney Todd (National Theatre); Simply Heavenly (Young Vic/West End); Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3; Richard III; Much Ado About Nothing; Hamlet and Camino Real (RSC); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Regent’s Park); and Five Guys Named Moe (West End). Screen work includes To Provide All People; Eve; Three and Out; and Wondrous Oblivion (film); Apple Tree Yard; The A Word; Boomers; Agatha Raisin; Black Mirror; Strike Back; Episodes; Mutual Friends; Outnumbered; and Love Soup (TV).

Abigail Thaw’s theatre includes The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse); Sold (Theatre503); Entertaining Angels (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour); Arab-Israeli Cookbook (Tricycle Theatre/Gate Theatre); The Road to the Sea (Orange Tree Theatre); Cymbeline (BAM/ Shakespeare’s Globe); Private Lives (UK tour/Lyric, Hammersmith); Moscow Gold (RSC); and Cinders and Bronx Zoo (Royal Court). Screen credits include The Inbetweeners 2; Caring for the Recently Deceased and Ghost Writer (film); Endeavour; I want my Wife Back; Midsomer Murders; Lovesoup; Casualty; The Stepfather; Doctors; The Bill; Vanity Fair; Spywatch and White Girls on Dope (TV).

The Strange Death of John Doe is directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall.

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