Brydon, Harman, Jensen to Lead Cast of A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL
Nigel Harman (Guy Jones) won a 2012 Laurence Olivier award and Whatsonstage award for his portrayal of Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. His other theatre credits include Harold Pinter's Celebration for the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Sam Shepard's True West for Sheffield Theatres, Public Property at the Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre, The Common Pursuit for the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Caretaker for Sheffield Theatres/Tricycle, The Exonerated at Riverside Studios and Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. His other musical theatre credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, Eddie in Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward Theatre and Mickey in Damn Yankees at the Adelphi Theatre. On television Harman played Dennis Rickman in the BBC soap EastEnders and Sam in Hotel Babylon as well as roles in Miss Marple, City of Vice, The Outsiders and Plus One. On film his credits include Telstar, Patience and Blood Diamond. Harman can next be seen on stage in School for Scandal at the Theatre Royal Bath opening next month.
British Comedy and BAFTA award-winning Ashley Jensen (Hannah Llewellyn) returns to the theatre having recently enjoyed a hugely successful career on television playing Maggie opposite Ricky Gervais in Extras for which she was also Emmy nominated, Christina McKinney in ABC's Ugly Betty and Olivia in the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose. Having trained with the National Youth Theatre her previous theatre credits include Attempts on Her Life, Uganda and Storming for the Royal Court and King Lear and Howard Katz for the Royal Exchange Theatre as well as many productions for Glasgow Citizen's and Tron Theatres. Her recent film credits include The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists, Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo and Juliet, A Cock and Bull Story and Topsy Turvy.
Teresa Banham (Enid Washbrook) has previously worked with Trevor Nunn on both Measure for Measure and Blue Angel at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her other stage credits include playing the title role in Anna Karenina for Shared Experience for which she won the Evening Standard and London Fringe awards for Best Actress and The Heresy of Love and The White Devil and The Herbal Bed also for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her television credits include Robin Hood, Silent Witness and the Governor in Doctor Who.
Daisy Beaumont's (Fay Hubbard) theatre credits include Enlightenment for Hampstead Theatre, Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, Alan Ayckbourn's Virtual Reality for the Stephen Joseph Theatre as well as Private Lives and The Twelve Pound Look also for the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Her television credits include Star Stories, A Touch of Cloth, Great Night Out, The Border and New Tricks. On film her credits include Foster, Swinging with the Finkels and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.
Georgia Brown (Bridget Baines) trained at LAMDA and most recently appeared in New Cross, one of Touchpaper Television's Coming Up films for Channel 4. She has also appeared in The Bill for ITV and has performed her own show on the Edinburgh Fringe and the London comedy circuit. A Chorus Of Disapproval marks her West End debut.
Rob Compton's (Crispin Usher) theatre credits include Christmas in New York at the Prince of Wales Theatre, the UK tour of All the Fun of the Fair, As You Like It and Merlin and the Woods of Time for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the English Touring Theatre's production of Great Expectations at the Watford Palace and A Christmas Carol at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Matthew Cottle (Ted Washbrook) has worked extensively with Alan Ayckbourn, recently appearing in his productions of Neighbourhood Watch and Dear Uncle for the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Taking Steps at the Orange Tree. His other stage credits include The Habit of Art for The National Theatre and Racing Demon for Sheffield Theatres. On television he is probably best known for playing Martin in the cult 90's comedy, Game On. His other television credits include Holby City, Spooks and Eastenders. His film credits include Blessed, Bright Young Things and Chaplin.
Steven Edis (Mr Ames) is also the Musical Director for A Chorus of Disapproval. Edis has composed and arranged music for film, television and theatre. His recent theatre credits include The Lion In Winter, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Flare Path for the Trevor Nunn season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Birdsong at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Inherit The Wind and The Entertainer for the Old Vic, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Music Man for Chichester Festival Theatre and The Merchant of Venice and The Royal Hunt of the Sun for The National Theatre.
Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 75 plays, over half of which have been produced in the West End as well as on Broadway. Ayckbourn was Artistic Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from 1972-2009 and was an Associate Director at The National Theatre from 1986-88. He was awarded a CBE in 1987 and in 1997 was knighted for services to the theatre.
Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of The National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk and The Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma! and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White as well as Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll. His more recent theatre credits include A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Richard II and Inherit the Wind for The Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre. As Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Nunn directed Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest and The Lion In Winter. Nunn recently directed Kiss Me Kate for Chichester Festival Theatre, which will transfer to the Old Vic in November.
The world premiere of A Chorus of Disapproval was directed by Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in 1984 with a cast including Lenox Greaves, Russell Dixon and Alwyne Taylor. The London premiere at The National Theatre in 1985, also directed by Ayckbourn, starred Bob Peck, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton. The production then transferred to the West End the following year.
Listings Information A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL
Dates: 17 September 2012 – 5 January 2013
Press performances: 25 September at 7.30pm, 26 September at 7.30pm and opening night on 27 September at 7.00pm. Reviews are under embargo until 28 September.
Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN (formerly the Comedy Theatre)
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Ticket prices: £10 - £40 opening weeks, £10 - £53.50 post opening
Throughout the run there will be over one hundred £10 tickets for all performances, many bookable in advance from the Box Office
Day seats at £10 each, available in person only, at the box office on the day of the performance
All prices include a £1.50 restoration levy
Box Office: 0844 871 7622
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