Meet the Cast of Roundabout's TRAVESTIES- Now in Previews!
Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play Travesties begins previews tonight! It will open officially on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Travesties will star Tom Hollander as Henry Carr with Peter McDonaldreprising his role as James Joyce from the Menier Chocolate Factoryproduction, Seth Numrich as Tristan Tzara, Dan Butler as Lenin, Scarlett Strallen as Gwendolen, Sara Topham as Cecily, Opal Alladin as Nadya and Patrick Kerr as Bennett.
In 1917 Zurich, an artist - Tristan Tzara, a writer - James Joyce, and a revolutionary - Lenin, collide in a kaleidoscopic thrill-ride that's "wickedly playful, intensely entertaining, infectiously theatrical" (Time Out London).
Roundabout reunites with playwright Tom Stoppard (Indian Ink, The Real Thing) and director Patrick Marber (Howard Katz, After Miss Julie) for a dazzling revival from London's Menier Chocolate Factory (Sunday in the Park with George).
Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
Tom Hollander (Henry Carr): first appeared on Broadway as Bosie in the Almeida Theatre's production of The Judas Kiss opposite Liam Neeson at the Broadhurst Theatre. Theatre includes: Travesties (Apollo Theatre) [Nominated Best Actor, Olivier Awards] A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); Landscape with Weapon (National Theatre), The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar); King Lear, Tartuffe[Best Actor Time Out, Ian Charleson Award] and The Government Inspector (Ian Charleson Award) (all at the Almeida); He played Baby in the original production of Jez Butterworth's Mojo (Royal Court); As You Like It (Cheek by Jowl tour Ian Charleson Award); The Way of the World (Lyric Hammersmith, Ian Charleson Award); The Threepenny Opera (Donmar) and Don Juan (Sheffield Crucible). Television includes: "Taboo," "Doctor Thorne," "The Night Manager" [BAFTA Best Supporting Actor], "A Poet in New York" [Best Actor RTS Award], "Rev" [Nominated 3 years running BAFTA. Best Comedy Performance], "Any Human Heart," "The Thick of It," "Desperate Romantics," "Gracie" [Nominated BAFTA Best Supporting Actor], "John Adams," "the company," "Cambridge Spies" [Best Actor European Television Awards], "The Lost Prince," "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," "Wives and Daughters," "Absolutely Fabulous" and "The Bill." Film includes: Breathe, The Promise, Jungle Book: Origins, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, Tulip Fever, The Invisible Woman, About Time, Hanna, The Soloist, In the Loop, Valkyrie, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, A Good Year, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Land of the Blind, Pride and Prejudice [Evening Standard Best Supporting Actor, London Critics' Circle Best Supporting Actor], The Libertine [Nominated BIFA], Paparazzi, Stage Beauty, Gosford Park [SAG Award], Possession, Lawless Heart, Enigma, The Announcement, Maybe Baby, The Clandestine Marriage, Bedrooms and Doorways, Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence, Gobble, True Blue and Some Mother's Son. Tom makes regular appearances on "American Dad" and "Family Guy."
Peter McDonald (James Joyce): Theatre credits include: Travesties (West End & Menier Chocolate Factory), The Weir (Donmar W'house & Wyndhams), The Veil (National Theatre), Greenland (National Theatre), Red Bud (Royal Court Theatre), The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman/Trafalgar Studios), Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), Nocturne (Almeida and Traverse), Glengarry Glen Ross (Apollo), Exiles (National), Resurrection Blues (The Old Vic), The Aristocrats (National). Films: Steven, Fanny Lye Deliver'd, The Bachelor Weekend, Wreckers, The Damned United, The Henchman's Tale, No News From God, Spin the Bottle, When Brendan Met Trudy, Nora, Saltwater, The Opportunists, Some Voices, Felicia's Journey, An Inch Over the Horizon, I Went Down, November Afternoon. TV: "The Last Kingdom," "Thirteen," "Virtuoso," "Murder," "No Offence," "May Day," "Moone Boy," "Titanic," "Your Bad Self," "City of Vice," "The Family Man," "Green Wing," "Sea of Souls," "The Plot to Kill Hitler," 'Spooks," "Fergus's Wedding" and "Paths to Freedom."Seth Numrich (Tristan Tzara): Roundabout: Debut. Broadway: Golden Boy, War Horse (LCT), The Merchant of Venice (Public). Off-Broadway/NYC: AZAK, Yosemite, Slipping, Blind (Rattlestick), On the Levee (LCT3), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature), Dutch Masters (LABrynth), Gates of Gold (59E59), Too Much Memory, Favorites, Break My Face On Your Hand (Rising Phoenix Rep). London: Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic). Edinburgh: The Glass Menagerie(International Festival), One for the Road, The Judgement of Paris (Fringe). Regional: Switzerland(Geffen Playhouse), Slipping (Rattlstick West), The History Boys (CTG), The Cure at Troy (Seattle Rep), Summer and Smoke (Guthrie Theater). Film: Imperium, Private Romeo. Television: "Turn" (AMC), "Homeland" (Showtime), "The Good Wife" (CBS), "Gravity" (Starz). Training: Juilliard. Seth is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory, and a teaching artist for the non-profit Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEPonline.org). Dan Butler (Lenin): An actor, writer, director, and producer, Dan's many credits include these favorites - Film: Crazy, Stupid Love; Enemy of the State; Silence of the Lambs; Karl Rove, I Love You (co-writer, co-director); Pearl (adapter, director); Chronic Town, Fixing Frank. TV: "The Mist;" "Prayers for Bobby;" 6 plus years as Bulldog on "Frasier;" "Chronic Town;" "From the Earth to the Moon." Theatre: WarholCapote (A.R.T.); The Weir (Irish Rep); Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse); The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me ... (Actor's Playhouse; Drama Desk/Outer Critics nominations); Beast, Emerald City (NYTW); Lisbon Traviata (MTC); The Hothouse (Broadway) and The Widow Claire (Circle in the Square downtown). Dan is also co-founder of Fuller Road a new artist residency in Vermont.Scarlett Strallen (Gwendolen): Scarlett Strallen is a two-time Olivier Award nominated actress who has worked extensively in both the U.S. and U.K. Earlier this year Scarlett was seen as the lead of the NY City Center / Encores! production of Cole Porter's The New Yorkers in which The New York Times described her performance as "played to sparkling soubrette perfection". Last winter on the West End she starred as Amalia Balash in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of She Loves Me. Her last appearance on Broadway was in A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder(the Tony-Award winner for Best Musical in 2013). Other recent credits include a critically acclaimed production of Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage directed by John Rando and Macbeth off-Broadway at the Park Avenue Armory starring Kenneth Branagh and co-directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford. Strallen is a household name in the U.K where her theatre credits include Kathy in Singin' in the Rain (Olivier Award nomination) and Marian Paroo in The Music Man at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Clara in Passion (Donmar Warehouse), title role in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre and New Amsterdam Theater New York), Miss A in The Shawl (Canal Cafe Theatre), Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Josephine in HMS Pinafore (Olivier Award nomination), Cymbeline and Twelfth Night (Open Air Theatre Regent's Park), Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Peggy Sue Got Married (Triumph Entertainment), Mavis in The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre) and Jessie in Annie Get Your Gun (Prince of Wales Theatre). Sara Topham (Cecily): Recently: The title role in Saint Joan, Tim Carroll's inaugural production at The Shaw Festival in Canada. New York: Gwendolen in Brian Bedford's Broadway production of The Importance Of Being Earnest (Roundabout), Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling Off-Broadway (Red Bull Theatre). London: Mrs Van Buren in the UK premiere of Intimate Apparel, Dorothy in the World Premiere of Love Me Do. Regional: Ariel in The Tempest and Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC (Also in Macau, China), and Olivia in Twelfth Night at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Selected roles at The Stratford Festival of Canada include: Shakespeare's Juliet, Rosalind, Cordelia, Olivia, Jessica, Diana, Anne Boleyn, Princess Katherine, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Célimène in The Misanthrope, Wendy in Peter Pan, Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons, Laurencia in Fuente Ovejuna, Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Grace in London Assurance, Brooke in Noises Off, Cassandra in Agamemnon, Dot in The Swanne (Part II). Elsewhere: Cecily in Travesties (McCarter Theatre), Mrs. Elvested in Hedda Gabler and Miranda in The Tempest (Hartford Stage), The Governess in The Turn Of The Screw (Belfry Theatre), Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Neptune Theatre), and Rachel Peabody in Eloise At Christmastime for Disney. Opal Alladin (Nadya): Opal Alladin is thrilled to take on the role of Nadya for the U.S. revival of the London production Travesties. Opal has the distinction of being the first woman of color to play the title role of Hedda on Broadway while understudying the 2009 Production of Hedda Gabler at the American Airlines Theater. Other favored NY/Broadway credits include: On Golden Pond (starring James Earl Jones), Close Up Space (MTC), What We Once Felt (LCT), Romeo and Juliet & Midsummer Nights Dream (The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park), Miss Julie (Cherry Lane). Favored Regional Credits: Hamlet (The Globe Theater), The Vibrator Play (Wilma Theater), The Violet Hour (Barrington Stage), Breath Boom (Yale), Wit (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Twelfth Night (The Guthrie), As You Like it; Anthony and Cleopatra; Henry IV (Shakespeare Theater in DC). Opal will soon be seen in the upcoming films November Criminals starring Chloe Grace Moretz & Ansel Elgort and Before/During/After. Other TV/FILM credits include: Jellysmoke opposite Michael Ealy, Brown Sugar, Oscar nominated United 93, The Blacklist Redemption, Elementary, The Affair, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Micheal J. Fox show, Law and Order, LAO SUV, Person of Interest, Rescue Me, Unforgettable. Opal is a graduate of the Juilliard School. Much gratitude and love to my wonderful family, cherished friends, amazing manager and team for their ongoing support, love and laughter. Patrick Kerr (Bennett): Broadway: The Ritz for Roundabout; You Can't Take It With You. Off Broadway: Stage Kiss at Playwrights Horizons; The Devils at New York Theater Workshop; The Warrior Ant at BAM. Regional: The Lion King at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Mark Taper Forum (Patrick Marber's Dealer's Choice); The Old Globe, Yale Rep, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, A.R.T., and others. TV: "Frasier" (Noel 5 Shempsky); "Curb Your Enthusiasm," (recurring); "Friends"; "Seinfeld"; "Elementary"; "E.R."; "Will and Grace"; "Law and Order"; and many more. Film: Domino, Friends and Romans, Stuart Saves His Family, Ed, and others. MFA: Yale School of Drama. @patiokerr
Rosalyn Coleman (u/s Nadya). Broadway: The Mountaintop, Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Mule Bone. Off-Broadway: Breakfast with Mugabe, Zooman & The Sign (Signature); Carson McCullers (Historically Inaccurate), Breath Boom (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Native Son, Women in Jeopardy!; Julius Caesar; Levee James, Things of Dry Hours. Film: Kind of A Funny Story, Vanilla Sky, Our Song, Music of the Heart, The Opportunists. TV: "Bull," "Madame Secretary," Blue Bloods," Elementary" (CBS); "White Collar;" "Nurse Jackie." www.rosalyncoleman.com
Peter Bradbury (u/s Henry Carr): Broadway: Farinelli and the King, The Cherry Orchard, Long Day's Journey, Hughie, King Charles III, Elephant Man (also West End), Casa Valentina, Cyrano, Picnic, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Championship Season, Norman Conquests, Man for All Seasons, Present Laughter, Hedda Gabler, Caine Mutiny. TV: "Blacklist," "Deception," "Shades of Blue," "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland," "House of Cards," "Sally Hemings," "Law & Order."
Richard Hollis (u/s Lenin, Bennett): Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Off-Broadway: Hangmen (Atlantic), Muswell Hill (Barrow Group). Regional: Huntington, Centerstage, Barrington Stage, Hudson Stage, Two River. National Theatre, London:Coast of Utopia, His Girl Friday, Tartuffe, The Wonders of Sex, The Country Doctor. Film and Television: Dark Shadows, "Believe," original BBC series "The Office."
Sarah Killough (u/s Cecily, Gwendolen): Roundabout: Long Day's Journey into Night. Off-Broadway: Once Upon a Mattress (Transport Group). Other New York: Village of Vale (Lincoln Center), A Time for Singing (York: Musicals in Mufti). Regional: Hartford Stage, Pioneer Theatre, Monomoy Theatre, Lesher Center; Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Hartt School.
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