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Full casting announced for Jude at Hampstead Theatre


Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere of Jude, a new play by Howard Brenton. Directed by Edward Hall, it runs at Hampstead Theatre from April 23 to June 1, 2019.

Isabella Nefar stars as Jude (Judith Nasrani), with Paul Brennen (Euripides/Roger), Merch Husey (Mark Nasrani/Bob Challow), Caroline Loncq (Deirdre), Luke MacGregor (Jack), Shanaya Rafaat (Pat), Anna Savva (Martha Nasrani) and Emily Taaffe (Sally) completing the cast.

Loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, Jude is a modern day tale of unexpected genius and of our struggle to accommodate extraordinary talent.

It wasn’t just her freakish ability with language. She saw through to behind the words. It was like she had a direct line to – I was going to say to ‘the gods’‘.

About to be fired from her cleaning job for stealing a volume of Euripides, Jude turns her employer’s outrage to shock by translating the ancient Greek on the spot. The employer, a Classics teacher, knows great talent when she sees it and the encounter kick-starts Jude’s lifelong ambition to study at Oxford University.

Entirely self-taught and possessing an astonishing gift for languages, Jude will stop at nothing to achieve her dream – but she remains oblivious to the hidden barriers that her background has placed in her path…

Isabella Nefar’s theatre work includes Goats (Royal Court) and Salomé (National Theatre). Her film work includes Waiting for the Barbarians and Small City. She has also appeared on television in Ransom 3: It’s a Greco; Aspirin and Attori o Corsari.

Jude will be the last production that Edward Hall will direct during his tenure as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, where his credits include Cost of Living; I and You; The Strange Death of John Doe; Cell Mates; Filthy Business; Rabbit Hole; Wonderland; Sunny Afternoon (also Harold Pinter Theatre/UK tour); Raving; Chariots of Fire (also West End); No Naughty Bits; Loyalty; Enlightenment and Firebird (Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar Studios).

Howard Brenton makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead following Lawrence After Arabia in 2016. His other Hampstead premieres include #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (2013); Drawing the Line (2013) and 55 Days (2012).

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

Also at Hampstead Theatre: Ella Road’s debut play The Phlebotomist (until April 20) and the world premiere of Wilderness (March 21 to April 27, 2019).