Casting Announced For UK Tour of DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE

Casting Announced For UK Tour of DR JEKYLL & MR HYDETouring Consortium Theatre Company and Rose Theatre Kingston today announce the full company for Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - adapted for the stage by David Edgar. Joining the previously announced Phil Daniels as Jekyll/Hyde are Rosie Abraham (Lucy/Maid/Singer), Sam Cox (Poole), Polly Frame (Katherine Urquart), Anyebe Godwin (Charles), Ben Jones (Lanyon/Carew), Robin Kingsland (Gabriel John Utterson), Grace Hogg-Robinson (Annie Loder) and Matthew Romain (Enfield/Parson).

Kate Saxon's production opens on 14 February at Rose Theatre Kingston with previews from 9 February and then tours to His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen, Malvern Festival Theatre, Dartford Orchard, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Wycombe Swan, King's Theatre Edinburgh, Bradford Alhambra, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, before completing its run at the Darlington Hippodrome from the 14 until 19 May.

A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

In a secret experiment, the upright and respectable Dr Henry Jekyll splits his personality into two, releasing the fiendish and murderous Edward Hyde.

As Hyde brings about mayhem, terror and death in foggy London, can Jekyll find a way to suppress his monstrous alter-ego, before it takes him over for good?

David Edgar is a Tony Award-winning playwright for stage, radio, television and film. His original plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Destiny, Pentecost (Evening Standard Best Play Award), The Prisoner's Dilemma and Written on the Heart. His RSC adaptations include The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Nicholas Nickleby (Society of West End Theatres and New York Tony Awards), and, most recently, A Christmas Carol. For the National Theatre he wrote Entertaining Strangers (starring Tim Pigott-Smith and Judi Dench), The Shape of the Table, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire. Other adaptations include Julian Barnes's Arthur & George at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His other recent work includes Testing the Echo for Out of Joint and If Only for the Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as translations of Bertolt Brecht's Galileo (with Timothy West, Birmingham Rep), Brecht's Mother Courage (Stratford Festival, Ontario) and Ibsen's Master Builder (Chichester Festival Theatre). He has adapted many of his plays for television and radio, and wrote the screenplay for Helena Bonham Carter's first film Lady Jane. He founded Britain's first postgraduate playwriting course, and has served as President of the Writers' Guild.

Rosie Abraham plays Lucy/Maid/Singer. Recent theatre credits include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK tour and Apollo Theatre), Diana of Dobson's, Anna of the Five Towns (New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent), My Kingdom is a Horse (Rose Theatre Kingston), Clothes Swap Theatre Party (Derby Playhouse), Alice in the Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet Theatre), Sally (Arcola Theatre), Dirty Laundry (Claybody Theatre) and Hansel and Gretel (Iris Theatre).

Sam Cox plays Poole. His recent theatre credits include A Woman of No Importance (Vaudeville Theatre), Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Pericles, Henry V, Gabriel, Julius Caesar and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Shakespeare's Globe), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Man, My Dad's a Birdman, Macbeth, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (Young Vic), The Crucible (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic) and Arcadia (Duke of York's Theatre). Television credits include New Tricks, The Commander and Fords on Water. Film credits include Waiting For You, King of Soho, Anna Karenina, Agora, Hippie Hippie Shake and Double Heartbeat.

Phil Daniels plays the title roles. For theatre his credits include King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra, The Knight of The Burning Pestle (Shakespeare's Globe), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) and This House (National Theatre and Garrick Theatre). On television, he is perhaps best known for his role as Kevin Wicks in EastEnders. His other television work includes Zapped, Moonfleet, Doctor Who, Rocks and Chips, New Tricks, Misfits, Outlaws, Waking the Dead, The Long Firm, Time Gentlemen Please, Holding On and Sex, Chips and Rock n Roll. For film, Access All Areas, The Hatton Garden Job, This House, Vinyl, Goodbye Charlie Bright, Chicken Run, Scum and Quadrophenia.

Polly Frame plays Katherine Urquart. Her recent theatre credits include History of Tractors in the Ukraine (Hull Truck Theatre), Henry V (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), The Odyssey (UK Tour), Arcadia (Tobacco Factory), Pastoral (Soho Theatre), After Miss Julie (Young Vic), The Crossing and 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Cleansed (Arcola). Television credits include Bunny Town. Film credits include Macbeth, Half Light and Duplicity.

Anyebe Godwin plays Charles. Recent theatre credits include Manifesto (Oval House Theatre), Namibia Não! UK (Soho Theatre), Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios/Hampstead Theatre), Serious Heroes (Old Vic New Voices) and Little Baby Jesus (Albany Theatre). For television her credits include Autopsy: The Final Hours of Notorious B.I.G and Evermoor.

Ben Jones plays Lanyon/Carew. Recent theatre credits include The Bone Room (Young Vic), The Three Musketeers (UK tour), Time of My Life (Royal and Derngate Northampton), The Pretender Agenda (Charing Cross Theatre), First Person Shooter (Birmingham Rep), Communicating Doors (UK tour), And Then The Dark (New Wolsey Theatre) and Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre). For television his credits include I Live With Models, Drifters, Spooks, Echo Beach, Moving Wallpaper, Longitude and Keen Eddie.

Robin Kingsland plays Gabriel John Utterson. Theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Nottingham Playhouse), Private Lives (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Romeo & Juliet (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Hamlet (Secret Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), and The Price (Liverpool Playhouse). Film credits include Chameleon.

Grace Hogg-Robinson plays Annie Loder. Recent theatre credits include Broken Biscuits (Live Theatre, Newcastle). Television credits include Troy: Fall of a City, The Coroner, Camping, Mum, Diary of a Snob, Suspects and the forthcoming Defending the Guilty and The Durrells. For film her credits include Edge of Tomorrow and Two For Joy.

Matthew Romain plays Enfield/Parson. Recent theatre credits include Pride & Prejudice (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal), Before The Party (Salisbury Playhouse), The Inn at Lydda, King Lear, Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe and Hamlet Globe to Globe World Tour) The Delicate Art of Keeping in Touch (Lion & Unicorn Theatre), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Privates on Parade, See How They Run, Trelawny of the 'Wells', My Fair Lady (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), and The Shape of Things (Arts Theatre). For television his credits include Sherlock; and for film his credits include Blue Iguana.

Kate Saxon directs. She has directed over 35 theatre productions, including the world première of John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman, which opened in the US before transferring to the UK; the first revival of Susan Glaspell's Chains of Dew (Orange Tree Theatre), The Real Thing (ETT/West Yorkshire Playhouse), and the US première of Nine Parts of Desire (Public Theater, New York). Having been Associate Director of Shared Experience Theatre from 2000 - 2012, Saxon is now one of a group of Artistic Associates running the company and has recently directed their tour of As You Like It. She is also Chair of Stage Directors UK. She was Voice Director on Paramount's animated feature film, Capture The Flag, which won the Goya Award for Best Animated Film 2016. She is currently developing a new film by Samuel Evans, Working Title Hold Me, and is one of 15 female TV and film directors chosen as one of the inaugural BAFTA Elevate group. For television, Saxon's work includes EastEnders. For video games, she directs Cinematics and titles include Mafia III, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture and Alien: Isolation, which between them have won 4 BAFTAs.

Created by producer Jenny King, Touring Consortium Theatre Company is one of the most highly-respected producers of high quality drama on the touring circuit.

Jenny King said, "The company was created in 1996 in response to a need expressed by chief executives of several of the UKs leading touring venues for quality text based drama that reached out to new, young audiences as well as sustaining the interest of core theatre goers. Since its creation we have produced over twenty-three productions and played to over a million people, and involved some 25,000 young people in our workshops and creative learning programmes."

Since 2012 TCTC has been supported by the ACE Strategic Touring Fund to provide a series of productions with attached creative learning and outreach programmes with the specific aim of reaching out to new audiences; in particular, young people of 14 to 25. The company have a digital platform called Theatre Cloud www.theatrecloud.com which is instrumental in its outreach work.

2018 plans include a production of Pressure starring David Haig, in co-production with Cambridge Arts Theatre and a new production of Dracula, first presented in Bangkok and Singapore, directed by Joe Harmston and designed by Sean Cavanaugh.

www.touringconsortium.co.uk

ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON

Founded by Sir Peter Hall, and modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London's Bankside, Rose Theatre Kingston is the largest producing theatre in South West London.

Since opening in 2008, the Rose has collaborated with a range of directors, playwrights and producing partners to create vibrant, engaging and inspiring productions. Recent works include the first stage adaptation and world première of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend directed by Melly Still; Zach Helm's Good Canary directed by John Malkovich; John Barton and Peter Hall's Shakespeare adaptation The Wars of the Roses directed by Trevor Nunn; David Hare's The Absence of War directed by Jeremy Herrin and Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather (West End transfer and Olivier Award nominee) directed by Sally Cookson. To celebrate Rose Theatre Kingston's 10th birthday, plans include a production of Much Ado About Nothing starring Mel Giedroyc, in co-production with Granville & Parham Productions and Antic Face, and Don Carlos, a co-production with Exeter Northcott and Nuffield Southampton Theatres starring Tom Burke.

With over 150,000 visitors a year, the Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions as well as from hosting the work of renowned theatre companies including Royal Shakespeare Company, English Touring Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Headlong, Peter Brook, Sheffield Theatres, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and Theatre Royal Bath. With an auditorium that lends itself to both intimate and epic scale productions, the Rose has established itself as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.

www.rosetheatrekingston.org



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