Full Cast Announced for Touring Production of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre today announce full casting for Phillip Breen's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's classic novel LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, which opens at the Crucible on 26 September before a UK tour to Oxford, York, Malvern, Salisbury, Brighton and Cambridge. Breen directs a cast including Hedydd Dylan as Lady Chatterley and Jonah Russellas Mellors. The company is completed by Aretha Ayeh, Will Irvine, Ciaran McIntyre, Eugene O'Hare, David Osmond, Rachel Sanders and Alice Selwyn.

'We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.'

This sensual and thrilling novel was banned in the UK until 1960. Inspired by the setting of his Nottinghamshire childhood, D.H. Lawrence's tender story shows how three people, reeling from the aftermath of the Great War, struggle to survive in a world which has been blown apart. Passion, class, love and sexual freedom are at the heart of this new adaptation of a truly modern classic.

It is the latest co-production between Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre following critically acclaimed and award-winning previous co-productions, Twelfth Night and Translations.

D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and painter. As well as Lady Chatterley's Lover, his major works include Sons and Lovers, Women in Love and The Rainbow.

Phillip Breen adapts and directs. His work as a director includes Cyrano de Bergerac, The Birthday Party, Suddenly Last Summer, Measure for Measure, Two Princes (Theatr Clwyd), 2016 York Minster Mystery Plays (York Minster), The Shoemaker's Holiday, The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), True West (Glasgow Citizens Theatre and Tricycle Theatre), Sex With a Stranger (Trafalgar Studios), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Caretaker, The Shadow of a Gunman and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Glasgow Citizens Theatre), and The Hard Man (Festival City Theatres/Scottish Theatres Consortium). Breen also acted as assistant director with Terry Hands at the venue on a number of productions. As a writer /adaptor, his work includes Adaptation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Glasgow Citizens), Co - Author of Director's Shakespeare and Actor's Shakespeare published by Routledge.

Aretha Ayeh plays Mrs Flint/Mrs Bentley. Her theatre credits include Love Me Tender (UK Tour), Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rapunzel (Park Theatre), Dick Whittington and his Cat (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) and Pendragon (Rose Theatre Kingston). Her television work includes Cucumber; and for film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Quiet Ones.

Hedydd Dylan plays Lady Chatterley. Her theatre credits include The Shoemaker's Holiday, Oppenheimer, Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC), Punishment Without Revenge, A Lady of Little Sense, Don Gil of the Green Breeches (Bath Theatre Royal and The Arcola), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Cheek by Jowl), King Lear (The West Yorkshire Playhouse), As You Like It; Taming of The Shrew; Pygmalion, Arden of Faversham, Noises Off, Dancing at Lughnasa and Rape of The Fair Country. (Theatr Clwyd). For television her credits include Hinterland and Pobl Y Cwm. Film credits include Love is Thicker Than Water, Godard and Others.

Will Irvine plays Michaelis/Trade Unionist/Dan Coutts and Albert Adam. His theatre credits include School for Scandal (Barbican), Moment (Bush Theatre), Inkheart and Angel Meadow(HOME), Pentecost and The Playboy of the Western World (Lyric, Belfast). TV work includes Legends, Vikings, The Tudors, Titanic: Blood and Steel, and Charlie and The Clinic. Film credits include The Alarms and Maze.

Ciaran McIntyre plays Sir Malcom Reid/Mr Linley. His theatre credits include All That Fall (Happy Days Beckett Festival Enniskillen, Wilton's Music Hall and Arts Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), How The World Began (Arcola Theatre), Translations (Curve), Dreams of Violence (Soho Theatre and tour), for the Tricycle Theatre, Absence of Women and Deep Cut (also Traverse), Endgame, Port Authority (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Coriolanus, The Seagull, A Jovial Crew, All's Well That Ends Well (RSC), In Celebration (Duke Of Yorks), Flag (Shakespeare's Globe) and Richard II (Old Vic Theatre). Television credits include The Time of Your Life, Inspector Lynley Mysteries; and for film, Still Life and Hemingways.

Eugene O'Hare plays Sir Clifford Chatterley. His theatre credits include Cymbeline (Shakespeare's Globe), True West and Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre), Farewell (Derry Playhouse), The Civilisation Game, Teechers (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Our Private Life (Royal Court), Riff Raff (Arcola Theatre), Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory), Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Hampstead Theatre), The Vivienne Westwood Lecture (RSC), The Caretaker (Citizens Theatre) and Translations (National Theatre). His television credits includeLondon Irish, The Fall, Black Mirror-15 Million Merits, Pie Days, Waking The Dead and 10 Days To War; and for film, Coming Up, The Dark Road, Prometheus, The Meeting, Daniel Cares,and Nothing Personal.

David Osmond plays the Pianist. His theatre credits include Night Must Fall (Theatre Royal Nottingham), Thisbe (Waterloo Vaults), Humbug (Theatr Clwyd), Spend, Spend, Spend(Watermill Theatre), Christmas Carols (Sherman Theatre), The Good Soul of Szechuan (Young Vic) and The History Boys (National Theatre). His film credits include Trapped.

Jonah Russell plays Mellors. His recent theatre credits include Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep), The Mikvah Project (The Yard), Making Stalin Laugh (JW3), A View From the Bridge(Young Vic Theatre), Clytemnestra (Sherman Cymru), Yerma (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Pains of Youth, Women of Troy, Attempts on Her Life, Waves and The Seagull (National Theatre) and The Emperor Jones (Gate Theatre). For TV his credits include The Hollow Crown 2, 24: Live Another Day, Locked Up Abroad, A Good Murder, Green Wing, D-Day and Hidden City; andfor film, Queen and Country 71, Kursk, Hell's Pavement, Play The Game, What a Girl Wants, Phoenix Blue, The Honey Trap, Dog Eat Dog, A Refugee, The Invitation, 400 Shades and Anorak.

Rachel Sanders plays Ivy Bolton. She returns to Sheffield, following her previous performance in The Romans in Britain. Her other theatre credits include Jane Wenham (Arcola and UK tour), War Horse, His Dark Materials, The Bacchai and Othello (National Theatre), Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith), Top Girls (Watford Palace Theatre), A Servant to Two Masters, Richard III, Faust, La Nuit de Valgones, Romeo & Juliet and The Cherry Orchard (RSC), Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III and The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe) and Osama The Hero, A Single Act, Revelations (Hampstead Theatre). For television her credits include Dream Team and The Bill; and for film, The Wyvern Mysteries, Starhunter 2300 Double Exposure,Thicker Than Water and The Auctioneer.

Alice Selwyn plays Hilda Reid. She returns to Sheffield following her role in The Village Bike. Her other theatre credits include Dusa Fish Stas and Vi (Jagged Fence), The Love Girl and the Innocent (Southwark Playhouse), Friday Night Sex (Royal Court), A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck), 1984 (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Franco Zeffirelli's Absolutely (Perhaps!) (Wyndhams Theatre). Her television credits include Heatwave, Murder in Mind, London's Burning and Holding the Baby; and for film, It's About Time, Sonograph, Matinee and Jack Be Nimble.

Contains strong language, nudity and scenes of a sexual nature and is not suitable for children. An age guide of 13+ is suggested.

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