Cast Announced For LOVE YOUR SOLDIERS At Sheffield, Nov 2013

As The Winter's Tale opens at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, Artistic Director Daniel Evans announces the full cast of the world première of Robin Hooper's Love Your Soldiers. Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres Richard Wilson directs Charlotte Beaumont, Jordan Bright, Nabil Elouahabi, Chris Leask, Chris Reilly and Farshid Rokey.

Associate Director Richard Wilson directs the world première of this intensely moving drama.

Robin Hooper was previously Literary Manager for both The Royal Court Theatre and Paines Plough. He is currently Tutor MA Text and Performance RADA. Plays written for the theatre include The Move (NT Platform and tour),Astonish Me (Not the RSC Festival at The Almeida), Queer Fish (BAC), Free From Sorrow (Tristan Bates), and Not The Love I Cry For (Arcola Theatre) directed by Sheffield Associate Paul Miller. Hooper is also an actor, and his most recent television work includes The Office, Twenty Twelve and Mrs Biggs, and for film, A Little Chaos and Collider.

Charlotte Beaumont plays Gemma. For theatre, her work includes Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre),Blue Heaven (Finborough Theatre), and 2,000 Feet Away and The Flooded Grave (Bush Theatre). Her television work includes Coming Up: Sink or Swim, Broadchurch, Skins; and for film, 6 Bullets and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Jordan Bright plays Roly. This marks his professional stage debut.

Nabil Elouahabi plays Rashid/Atash. His theatre credits include The Great Game, Crossing Jerusalem (Tricycle Theatre), Sparkleshark (National Theatre), and East is East (Oldham Coliseum). For television, his work includes Top Boy, Mad Dogs, Strike One, Law & Order, Generation Kill, Keen Eddie and Attachments; and for film, Zero Dark Thirty, Tower Block, Junk Hearts, Blitz and Journey to Mecca.

Chris Leask plays Ken. Leask recently graduated from LAMDA and this marks his professional stage debut. His television work includes Breathless, Phoneshop and Frankie.

Chris Reilly plays Cullen/Brenton. For theatre, his work includes Let The Right One In (National Theatre of Scotland),And Reconciliation (Royal Court), and ".45" (Hampstead Theatre). For television, his work includes Game of Thrones, Shetland: Raven Black, Silent Witness, Home Front (series regular) and The Undisclosed; and for film, Allies and The Devil Went Down in Islington.

Farshid Rokey plays Hakim/Babur. For theatre, his work includes Star Crossed (Bush Theatre), The Kite Runner(Nottingham/Liverpool Playhouse), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester/Lyric Hammersmith/UK Tour), The Photographer (Theatre503), and In The Unlikely Event Of Emergency (Soho Theatre). His television credits includeFamily Tree, The Spa, The Endz; and for film, Leave To Remain, Kick About, Blackberry, Undefeated, Me And My Dad, The Morning After The Night Before, and Stolen Lives.

Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres Richard Wilson directs. For the company, his work includes Lungs (as part of the Roundabout Season - with Paines Plough), That Face and The Pride. A multi award-winning actor, his many other directing credits include extensive work for the Royal Court, including Rainbow Kiss, The Woman Before, Under the Whaleback, A Day in the Dull Armour/Grafitti, Where Do We Live, Nightingale and Chase, I Just Stopped By to See the Man and Mr Kolpert. His other credits include East Coast Chicken Supper (Traverse Theatre), Primo (National Theatre/South Africa/Hampstead and Broadway), Playing the Victim (Sheffield Theatres/Traverse/Royal Court/tour), as well as work for the West End, Chichester, Manchester Royal Exchange, Lyric Hammersmith and the Bush.


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