In Hampton’s 1970 play, written as a response to Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Russell Beale plays a University don anguishing over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life. He’s now joined by Simon Day (Anything Goes, The Coast of Utopia, now in the Open Air Cymbeline), Anna Madeley (The Cosmonaut’s Last Message… at the Donmar, Colder Than Here), Danny Webb (Alien 3, TV’s Life Begins, Waking the Dead), Simon Bubb and Siobhan Hewlett. The revival is directed by David Grindley (What the Butler Saw, Abigail’s Party, Journey’s End) and runs from 13 September to 15 October 2005 (previews from 8 September).
Actress-turned-director Kathy Burke’s production of The God of Hell follows from 26 October to 3 December 2005 (previews from 20 October). The black comedy, premiered in New York last year, centres on a couple of American dairy farmers who have a mysterious man hiding in their basement and a slick government official knocking at their door.
The cast are: Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting on stage and screen), Stuart McQuarrie (Dark at the Donmar, TV’s Life Begins), Lesley Sharp (Top Girls, TV’s Clocking Off) and Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Award winner Ben Daniels (All My Sons, Three Sisters, Iphigenia at Aulis at the National, Tales from Hollywood at the Donmar, TV’s Cutting It).
In other casting updates for upcoming plays:
- by Terri Paddock