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Tipping the Velvet - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Laura Wade’s new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel Tipping The Velvet, which runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from Friday, September 18 to Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Joining previously announced Sally Messham and Laura Rogers as Nancy ‘Nan’ Astley and Kitty Butler respectively are Kirsty Besterman (Diana), David Cardy (Chairman), Amanda Hadingue (General Woman), Adelle Leonce (Florence) and Andy Rush (Ralph).

Completing the cast are Jared Ashe (Walter), Tamara Camacho (Young Ensemble), Grace Frogley (Young Ensemble), Ru Hamilton (Sweet Alice), Georgie Lord (Young Ensemble), Aasiya Shah (Young Ensemble) and Sarah Vezmar (Blake).

It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love – with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers.

Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.

Kirsty Besterman’s theatre credits include Private Lives (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Arcadia (ETT and ATG), Separate Tables and Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse), Tonight at 8.30 (ETT), The Precariat and Foxfinder (Finborough Theatre), The School for Scandal (Park Theatre), Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre), Othello (Cheek by Jowl) and The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Her screen work includes Father Brown, Silent Witness, Foyles War, Doctors and Chicken.

David Cardy previously appeared at the Lyric in Ghost Stories (also at the Duke of York’s Theatre). His credits elsewhere include Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre), Basket Case (UK Tour), Caught in the Net and Not Now Darling (Sonning Theatre), Treasure Island (Rose Theatre Kingston) and All Quiet on the Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour).

His screen credits include Birds Of A Feather, The Bill, No Sweat, Prick Up Your Ears, The Keep and Three Steps to Heaven.

Amanda Hadingue’s theatre credits include The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Theatre), Playing for Time (Sheffield Crucible), Small Family Business (National Theatre), Rising Damp (Tour), The Master and Margarita (Complicité), Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Get Santa (Royal Court), The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Court).

On screen, she has appeared in Holby City, Jonathan Creek, Lead Balloon, Serves You Right, Black Pond and The Queen.

Adelle Leonce previously appeared at the Lyric with Secret Theatre Company. Her other theatre credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre) while on television, she has appeared in Shameless, Vera and In the Garden.

Andy Rush previously appeared at the Lyric in Dick Whittington and his Cat. His credits elsewhere include Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area (Pink Snail Theatre Company), Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night (The Lamb Players), Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre) and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre).

His screen work includes Waterloo Road, New Tricks, Tommy Cooper – Not like that, like this, ID2:Shadwell Army, Wizards vs Aliens, Here & Now and Casualty.

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