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First look at the cast rehearsing Aristocrats at the Donmar Warehouse

Casting news

IMAGES have been released of the cast rehearsing Lyndsey Turner’s revival of Brian Friel’s haunting play, Aristocrats. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Brian Friel’s haunting play Aristocrats, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from August 9 (previews from August 2) to September 22, 2018.

Completing the line up are Paul Higgins (as Tom Huffnung) and James Laurenson (Father).

They join previously announced Elaine Cassidy (Alice), David Dawson (Casimir), David Ganly (Willie Driver), Emmet Kirwan (Eamon), Aisling Loftus (Claire), Ciaran McIntyre (Uncle George) and Eileen Walsh (Judith).

Ballybeg Hall once played host to grand balls, musical evenings, tennis parties: its rooms busy, bursting with painters, poets and politicians. And presiding over all of it, the imposing figure of Judge O’Donnell. Now, on the eve of a wedding, the O’Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find that the rot has set in.

Paul Higgins returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Temple, Luise Miller and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman he once Loved in the Former Soviet Union.

His numerous theatre credits elsewhere include The Seagull (Lyric Hammersmith), Twilight Song (Park Theatre), Hope, Night Songs (Royal Court), Children of the Sun, The White Guard, Paul, An Enemy of the People (National Theatre), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), Damascus (Traverse/Tricycle/Middle East Tour), The Tempest (Tron Theatre), Macbeth, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida Theatre), Measure For Measure (RSC), The Golden Ass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Buried Alive, The Maidenstone (Hampstead Theatre) and Macbeth (English Touring Company/Lyric Hammersmith).

Higgins’ screen work include Line of Duty, Raised By Wolves, Utopia, Case Histories, The Sunny, Vera, The Last Enemy, Low Winter Sun, The Thick Of It, Murder, Staying Alive, Dr Finlay, Tumbledown, A Very Peculiar Practice and The Negotiator (TV); Apostle, The Party’s Just Beginning, Victoria & Abdul, Couple In A Hole, In The Loop, Complicity, The Red Road and Bedrooms and Hallways (film).

James Laurenson returns to the Donmar Warehouse after appearing in Othello and Passion Play. His theatre work also includes Henry V (West End), The Master Builder (The Old Vic), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), Hamlet, Three Winters, The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Waiting for Godot (Theatre Royal, Bath/New Ambassadors Theatre), Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal, Bath/Stratford Upon Avon), The Crucible (RSC/Gielgud Theatre), The Prince of Hamburg, The General From America, Julius Caesar, Othello, Saratoga, The Changeling and As You Like It (RSC) and A Delicate Balance (Theatre Royal, Haymarket).

He has also appeared on screen in Posh, Private Peaceful, One Day, Churchill At War, Afterlife, Three Blind Mice, The Cat’s Meow, Dead Bolt Dead, The Dead Light of Day, A House on the Hills and The Man Inside (film); Father Brown, The Crown, Wolf Hall, Song of Liberty, The Hollow Crown, The Widower, Isaac Newton Documentary, Henry IV, Holy Flying Circus, The Long Walk to Finchley and Spooks (TV).

Aristocrats is directed by Lyndsey Turner who returns to the Donmar following Faith Healer, Fathers and Sons and Philadephia, Here I Come!

Brian Friel (January 9, 1929 – October 2, 2015) is considered one of the greatest Irish dramatists, having written over 30 plays across six decades. His plays have won numerous Awards including the 1979 Evening Standard Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play for Aristocrats, and Tony, New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Play for Dancing at Lughnasa.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, starring Lia Williams in the title role, continues at the Donmar Warehouse until July 28, 2018.

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