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Full casting announced for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre

Top: Janie Dee, Vincent Franklin and Rebecca Lacey; bottom: Michelle Asante, Charlie Maher and Lukwesa Mwamba.

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for the London premiere of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Directed by Walter Bobbie (Tony award winner for Chicago), it runs at Charing Cross Theatre from Saturday, March 21 to Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Joimning the previously announced two time Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee are Vincent Franklin, Rebecca Lacey, Michelle Asante, Charlie Maher and Lukwesa Mwamba.

Vincent Franklin’s stage roles include Burleigh in Mary Stuart (Almeida Theatre) and Michael Cocks in This House (National Theatre). On TV, he was series regular Christopher Rawson in Gentleman Jack, Mike Travis in Bodyguard, eco-friendly, media-savvy, new-school spin man for the opposition Dr Stewart Pearson in The Thick of It and Henry in Cucumber and Banana by Russell T Davies.

Rebecca Lacey is best known for her TV roles as Irene Stuart in Monarch of the Glen, the feisty Dr. George Woodman in Casualty, and ditzy but kind-hearted Hilary in May to December. She has appeared in a number of theatre productions including playing Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre/West End), a season with Alan Ayckbourn, in Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny in the West End and Amy’s View by David Hare.

Michelle Asante recently finished playing a lead role in Our Lady of Kibheo at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. She is best known for London Boulevard, Brand New-U and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. On stage, she has appeared at the Royal Court, Young Vic, Donmar and Gate theatres and was Tiger Lilly in Wendy & Peter Pan at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Charlie Maher was last seen on stage in The Glass Menagerie at The Arcola. He appeared in Landmark’s highly succesful production of Asking for It at the Everyman in Cork, and in its remount at the Abbey Theatre. Other recent theatre appearances include Rough Magic’s production of Melt as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Lukwesa Mwamba was Callie in the Amazon TV series Carnival Row.

Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star. Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something toy boy, Spike, and so begins a very particular weekend.

Christopher Durang’s irresistible comedy is one of the most lauded Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking, planetary upheaval and the troubling onset of middle age, into a beloved comedy.