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Full casting announced for the London transfer of Nigel Slater's Toast

Nigel Slater With Toast Cast and Creative Team on the First Day Of Rehearsal (c) Toast.

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the London transfer of the critically acclaimed stage adaption of Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs Toast, which runs at The Other Palace from April 4 to August 3, 2019.

Playing Nigel Slater will be Giles Cooper, whose theatre credits include This House, People and After The Dance (National Theatre) and Henry V and The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare’s Globe). He has also appeared in the hit British films Pride and The Lady in The Van.

Joining Cooper in Toast will be Lizzie Muncey (Twelfth Night, National Theatre) as Mum; Stephen Ventura (The 39 Steps, West End) as Dad; Marie Lawrence (Murder in Successville, BBC3) as Joan and Jake Ferretti (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre/National Theatre) as Josh.

Nigel Slater said: “With casting now complete it’s an extremely exciting time as the words on the page start to come to life. To have your life story portrayed through film was incredible but there was always that thing with film that no matter how beautifully something’s shot, it isn’t quite real. And this production will be. That, for me, is very, very exciting.”

Giles Cooper, who takes on the role of Nigel added: “I can’t remember the last time I encountered a kitchen without a well-thumbed Nigel Slater book on the shelf. Can you? The man is a culinary icon. But it’s the telling of his own unexpected tale, both in and out of the kitchen, where his recipes and flavours come alive. Getting the chance to play Nigel is an extraordinary opportunity that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into.”

Originally produced by The Lowry for Week 53 festival, Toast is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan.

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is a new play based on Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with – to reflect this, audiences will be offered samples of the dishes and tastes central to his story during the show.

From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…toast.

Final casting is confirmed as writer Henry Filloux-Bennett received the award for Best Screen to Stage adaptation at the CAMEO (Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality) Awards at White City House. The London Book and Screen Week Awards celebrate outstanding adaptations in the fields of Book to Audio, Film, TV and Stage. This year’s Stage category also included competition from Sally Cookson’s adaptation of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books) and Rona Munro’s adaptation of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Viking).

Read more about Toast.

Signed Performance: Saturday, May 18 at 2.30pm.

Image: Nigel Slater With Toast Cast and Creative Team on the First Day Of Rehearsal © Toast.