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Full casting announced for Alys, Always at the Bridge Theatre

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the premiere of Alys, Always. Written by Lucinda Coxon and based on the novel by Harriet Lane, it runs at the Bridge Theatre from March 5 (previews from February 25) to March 30, 2019.

Joining previously announced Joanne Froggatt (as Frances) and Robert Glenister (Lawrence) are Danny Ashok (Sid), Joanna David (Charlotte), Leah Gayer (Polly), Simon Manyonda (Oliver), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mary/Audrey), Jeff Rawle (Robin/Mr Thorpe), Vineeta Rishi (Julia Price), Sue Wallace (Mrs Thorpe) and Sam Woolf (Teddy).

Danny Ashok’s theatre credits include Guards at the Taj, Zaida and Aadam and Disgraced (Bush Theatre), The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (The Peter Hall Company) and Blood and Gifts (National Theatre). On television he has been seen in Holby City, Doctors, Silk, Casualty, Coronation Street and The Bill.

Joanna David was last on stage in Absolute Hell at the National Theatre where she previously appeared in Stages. Her other theatre credits include Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Family Reunion (Vaudeville Theatre), Ring Round the Moon (Playhouse Theatre), A Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse), Breaking the Code and The Cherry Orchard (Theatre Royal Haymarket), and The Family Reunion, Uncle Vanya and The Importance of Being Earnest (Manchester Royal Exchange).

On television her credits include The Boy with the Topknot, Agatha Raisin, Downton Abbey, Death in Paradise, Casualty, Rebecca, Sense and Sensibility and War and Peace.

Leah Gayer, who trained at RADA, is making her professional stage debut.

Simon Manyonda was last seen in Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre, where his credits also include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, King Lear, Greenland and Welcome to Thebes. His other theatre credits include King Lear (Old Vic), Giving and Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming and Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company). He has also appeared on television in Shakespeare and Hathaway, Uncle, Doctor Who, Holby City, Suspects and Whitechapel.

Sylvestra Le Touzel was recently seen in Hogarth’s Progress: The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town at the Rose Theatre. Her other theatre credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Les Parents Terribles and Ivanov (Donmar Warehouse), Giving, Imagine Drowning, Fall and The War at Home (Hampstead Theatre), Wild East, My Heart’s a Suitcase, Ourselves Alone, Unity and Glasshouses (Royal Court) as well as multiple productions for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her television work includes The Crown, Endeavour, The Thick of It, Utopia and Mansfield Park.

Jeff Rawle was last seen at the Bridge Theatre in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Allelujah!. His other theatre credits include Saint George and the Dragon, Cocktail Sticks, Fram, The Power of Yes and Noises Off (National Theatre), High Society (Old Vic), Handbagged (Tricycle and Vaudeville Theatre), Bottle Universe (Bush Theatre) and Way to Heaven, The Arbor, The Irish Soldier and Bent (Royal Court).

His screen credits include The Durrells, The Outcast, Heading Out, Holby City, The Charles Dickens Show, Hollyoaks, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Spooks, Drop the Dead Donkey, Billy Liar and Doctor Who (TV); A Modern Tale, Peterloo and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film).

Vineeta Rishi’s theatre credits include Who Cares (Royal Court), Hobson’s Choice (Young Vic), Beasts and Beauties (Bristol Old Vic) and What We Did to Weinstein (Menier Chocolate Factory). She has been seen on television in Boy Meets Girl, Doctors, Waking the Dead, The Last Detective and Doctor Who.

Sue Wallace was last seen at the Bridge Theatre in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Allelujah!. Her previous theatre credits include Husbands and Sons, Emil and the Detectives and Hymn/Cocktail Sticks (National Theatre), A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (Bolton Octagon), Billy Liar and Everybody Loves a Winner (Royal Exchange Manchester), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Her screen work includes In the Club, Quick Cuts, Shameless, In the Flesh, The Royal, Housewife 49, Coronation Street, Wire in the Blood, Casualty, The Locksmith, Common as Muck, Martin Chuzzlewit, Pat and Margaret, Making Out, Bergerac and Victoria Wood as Seen on TV (TV); I Give It a Year, Is There Anybody There, Blue Money and Experience Preferred but Not Essential (film).

Sam Woolf can currently be seen in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale (Barbican) and King Lear (Rose Theatre).

Alys, Always is a gripping psychological thriller that excavates the fault line that separates the entitled from the unentitled.

Alys, Always is directed by Nicholas Hytner, with set designs by Bob Crowley, costume designs by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Grant Olding, sound by Gareth Fry and video designs by Luke Halls.

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