Mackichan, whose stage credits include Government Inspector at Young Vic, Primadoona at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Menier Chocolate Factory, Loot at the Tricycle and Boeing Boeing in the West End, is perhaps best known as the star of Smack the Pony which she co-wrote with Fiona Allen and Sally Phillips for Channel 4.
Greig won this year's Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Little Dog Laughed, in the West End last year. Her other stage credits include Much Ado About Nothing (which won her an Olivier and a Critics' Circle Award), Gethsemane and God of Carnage, while her many screen credits include Black Books, Green Wing, Love Soup, Emma and Tamara Drewe.
The full cast for the production has also been announced as Seline Hizli (BBC’s The Land Girls), Richard Lintern (As You Desire Me at the Playhouse), James Musgrave (Wanderlust at the Royal Court), Bel Powley (Arcadia on Broadway), Ewan Stewart (Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare's Globe), Sarah Woodward (The Cherry Orchard at the National) and newcomer Michael Marcus.
Full casting has been announced for Steve Marmion's RSC co-production, Fit and Proper People which kicks off his second season in charge at the Soho Theatre from 12 October (previews from 7 October) to 5 November 2011.
A new play by Georgia Fitch, the play is set in the world of Championship football and will see the Soho transformed into a football stadium complete with real turf, floodlights and the buzz of constant media coverage.
Zahra Ahmadi is perhaps best known for playing Shabnam Masood in BBC’s Eastenders, her other credits include the 2010 film Tamara Drewe and Sisters at Sheffield Crucible.
Mark Anthony Brighton best known for his television roles in Holby City, Silent Witness and The Bill. Kerron Darby's theatre credits include The Knowledge and Little Platoons, both at the Bush Theatre.
Russell Floyd's recent stage credits include Sir Courtly Nice for the RSC, Going To A Party at the National and as a regular on ITV’s The Bill and BBC’s Eastenders.
Steven Hartley has recently been seen appearing on ITV’s Vera and BBC’s Merlin, his theatre credits include playing Bill Sykes in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych.
Katy Stephens was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Ensemble. Her 2009 to 2011 credits include As You Like It, The Grain Store, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra and the RSC New Work Season at Hampstead Theatre. David Yip's theatre credits include Turandot for the Hampstead Theatre and King Lear for Yellow Earth and the RSC.
Georgia Fitch is a writer in residence at the Bush Theatre. Her other plays include Dirty Dirty Princess (NT Connections) I like Mine with a Kiss (Bush), Adrenalin...Heart (Bush and Tokyo International Theatre Festival) and Arrivals (Old Red Lion).
The full company has been announced for the Old Vic's production of The Playboy of the Western World which opens on 27 September (previews from 17 September 2011) starring Ruth Negga, Niamh Cusack and young Irish actor Robert Sheehan making his professional stage debut.
John Crowley directs the production of JM Synge's 1907 play set in a County Mayo pub at the beginning of the century. The play tells the story of lonely dreamer Christy Mahon (Sheehan) who takes refuge in Michael Flaherty’s inn, claiming that he has killed his oppressive father. He both charms the village women including Widow Quinn (Cusack), and captures the heart of the landlord’s fiery daughter Pegeen (Negga).
The full cast for the production has been announce as: Gwendolen Chatfield, Karen Cogan, John Cormack, Drew Dillon, Christopher Doyle, Diarmuid de Faoite, James Greene, Gráinne Keenan, Frank Laverty, Gary Lydon, Bronagh Taggart and Kevin Trainor.
The production, which falls 150 years after the final episode of the serialisation was published, opens on 3 October (previews from 29 September 2011) and runs until 5 November 2011.
The cast has been announced as Jed Aukin (Mr Pumblechook, Sarah Pocket, Bentley Drummle), Emma Beattie (Mrs Joe, Biddy, Wemmick), Stephen Finegold (Magwich), Edward Hancock (Pip), Mabel Jones (Estella) Russell Layton (Joe Gargery, Mr Jaggers), Thomas Padden (Pocket, Compeyson, Wopsle) and Kazia Pelka (Miss Havisham).