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Full Casting Announced for CHINESE WHISPERS at Greenwich Theatre

Full casting is announced today for Ian Lindsay and Jeremy Cantwell's Chinese Whispers, which receives its world premiere at Greenwich Theatre from Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd July 2017, with a press night on Friday 14th July. Chinese Whispers is a comedy based on the true life of Victorian confidence trickster, Sir Edmund Backhouse.

Mark Farrelly (Edmund Backhouse) has appeared in the West End opposite Matthew Kelly in Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, opposite Les Dennis in Ayckbourn's Drowing On Dry Land and in his own solo shows The Silence Of Snow and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, which he has performed more than 130 times across the UK. Mark is set to return to Greenwich Theatre after Chinese Whispers with his third play, Howerd's End, a celebration of the centenary of Frankie Howerd.

Steve Nallon (John Bland) is best known as the voice of Margaret Thatcher in ITV's iconic Spitting Image. Steve has a career spanning more than 30 years with countless TV appearances and roles in movies including the 2015 sci-fi 51 Degrees North and The Refuge. On stage Steve has starred in The Rocky Horror Show, Carnival and Cissie And Ada playing Roy Barraclough.

Peter Hardy (George Morrison) is an Australian actor with a vast number of Film and TV credits to his name including Hard Target 2, Dr Blake Murder Mysteries, Neighbours and 44 episodes of McLeod's Daughters. On stage Peter has appeared in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, The Boy From Oz and The original Australian cast of Mamma Mia. Peter won Best Actor at both the Bare Bones International Film Festival and Cinevue Film Festival in 2002.

Matt Ian Kelly (George Hall/Max Beerbohm) has worked extensively with Les Enfant Terribles on UK and International tours of Immaculate and The Terrible Infants. No stranger to the stage at Greenwich Theatre, Matt has previously appeared there in The Temperamentals, Lilies and The Boys In The Band. Matt co-wrote and devised Jennifer Skylark And The Seagull's Handbook, a site-specific children's piece created in conjunction with Powderkeg.

Owl Young (The Factotum) trained at the University of Chichester first appearing on stage in The Sun That Casts No Shadows in Brighton in 2012. Since then Owl has appeared in Iron M.A.M., A Girl & A Gun and At Home In Gaza And London.

Chinese Whispers is based on the bizarre life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, a confidence trickster of the Victorian age who pulled off audacious swindles against entire nations. A highly comic look at the notorious exploits of a man who claimed to have salacious affairs with everyone from Oscar Wilde to the Empress Dowager Cixi of China.

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