Photo Flash: James McAvoy-Led THE RULING CLASS Opens in the West End

Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge, Henry V, King Lear, Hot Fuzz) as Sir Charles Gurney, Kathryn Drysdale (Suspects, Love's Labour's Lost, Tripping Over, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire (Privacy, Posh, About Time, Mr Turner) as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O'Donnell (The Captain of Kopenick, Skyfall, Matchpoint) as Daniel Tucker, join BAFTA winning James McAvoy, as Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in the first West End revival of Peter Barnes' satirical comedy, The Ruling Class, directed by Jamie Lloyd, Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below!

Also in the cast are Michael Cronin (Bishop Bertie Lampton), Serena Evans (Lady Claire Gurney), Paul Leonard (Ralph Gurney), Elliot Levey (Dr Herder), Forbes Masson (McKyle) and ensemble cast; Rosy Benjamin, Andrew Bloomer and Oliver Lavery.

Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation.

Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer Peter Barnes' razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility.

The Ruling Class premiered in 1968 at Nottingham Playhouse and promptly transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End where it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Drama in 1969. This black and caustic class comedy was then made into a movie in 1972 starring Peter O'Toole.

Photo Credit: Paul Lawrence Clapp

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Photo Flash: James McAvoy-Led THE RULING CLASS Opens in the West End
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Anne-Marie Duff, James McAvoy

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David Morrissey and Christie Barnes with family

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David Morrissey

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David Morrissey and James McAvoy

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Daniel Mays

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Melanie Masson

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Melanie Masson and Forbes Masson

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Melanie Masson and Forbes Masson

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Forbes Masson

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Paul Leonard

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Kathryn Drysdale

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Ron Cook

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Elliot Levey and Anthony O'Donnell

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Elliot Levey

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Michael Cronin

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Serena Evens

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Christie Barnes

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Joshua McGuire

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Alasdair Buchan

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Joshua Lacey

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Harry Hadden-Patton and Matthew Bourne

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Maggie Stead

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Olivia Morgan and Mark Quartley

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Nigel Harman

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