Ford Davies, who plays the Inquisitor, has just appeared with Duff at the Young Vic in Thomas Otway’s Restoration comedy The Soldiers' Fortune, which finished its run a week early on 24 March (See News, 20 Mar 2007). The actor’s other stage credits include Absolutely! (perhaps), King Lear and, at the National, The Life of Galileo, Playing with Fire and Racing Demon, for which he won an Olivier.
George Bernard Shaw’s 1923 play tells the story of the 19-year-old French girl, made a Catholic saint after being burnt at the stake by the English in Rouen in 1431. In the title role, Anne-Marie Duff follows in the footsteps of Sybil Thorndike (for whom the part was created), Uta Hagen, Joan Plowright and Judi Dench.
Also so far confirmed for the Saint Joan cast are Paterson Joseph (Whatsonstage.com Award-nominated for The Royal Hunt of the Sun in last year’s Travelex Season) as Cauchon, Angus Wright (The Seagull, Measure for Measure, A Dream Play, Three Sisters at the NT) as Warwick and, currently appearing in another Travelex production, Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life in the NT Lyttelton, Paul Ready (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Romance, Forty Winks) as the Dauphin.
Ahead of the new National Theatre production and across the river, an actress known stage-wise for her musical work, Amy Nuttall, will join the cast of one of the season’s hit plays, Matthew Warchus’ acclaimed production of Marc Camoletti’s classic Sixties sex farce Boeing-Boeing, at the West End’s Comedy Theatre. From 14 May 2007, Nuttall takes over from Tamzin Outhwaite as American TWA flight attendant Gloria, one of three fiancées to Roger Allam’s French architect Bernard.
Nuttall was most recently seen in the West End opposite first Patrick Swayze and Don Johnson in Guys and Dolls and also recently starred as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on tour. She’s best known to TV fans for her long-running role as Chloe Atkinson in soap Emmerdale. Nuttall is the second new cast member announced for Boeing-Boeing. For a limited from 30 April to 23 June 2007, Patricia Hodge will play Bernard’s put-upon housekeeper Bertha, taking over from Frances de la Tour (See News, 10 Apr 2007).
The cast of Boeing-Boeing also currently features Mark Rylance, Michelle Gomez and Daisy Beaumont. The production is directed by Warchus and designed by Rob Howell, whose next joint project, the mega-musical version of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June (See News, 11 Apr 2007).
- by Terri Paddock