Featuring David Harewood and, in the title role, Michael Nardone, de Vega's 17th-century play tells the story of the hardworking peasant Peribanez whose life is turned upside down when his new bride Casilda attracts the unwanted affections of a noble commander. The production is directed by Young Vic associate Rufus Norris and designed by Evening Standard award-winner Ian MacNeil.
The next production at the Young Vic - which opens on 2 July (previews from 26 June) and continues to 9 August 2003 - will be Harold Brighouse's classic English comedy, Hobson's Choice, given an all-new updating by contemporary writer Tanika Gupta whose other recent plays include Sanctuary and Inside Out. In this new version, the story has been transposed to today's Asian community in Salford, where widower Hari Hobson is a successful tailor with three daughters.
The cast of Hobson's Choice will be led by Paul Bhattacharjee (as Hari) and Yasmin Wilde (as eldest daughter Durga), who are joined by Agron Biba, Gareth Farr, Zenab Khan, Shelley King, James Kristian, Vineeta Rishi, Richard Sumitro, Paven Virk and Martin Walsh. The production is directed by Richard Jones (Six Characters Looking for an Author) and designed by Ultz.
Following its London season, Hobson's Choice will now embark on a seven-week regional tour, running from 28 August to 11 October 2003 and visiting Oxford, Salford, Cheltenham, Nottingham, Poole and Warwick.
- by Terri Paddock