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Cast announced for Print Room's Cocktail Party

TS Eliot's verse drama will reopen the Coronet's historic main auditorium

Helen Bradbury and Richard Dempsey will play an estranged couple
© Dan Wooller

Casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of TS Eliot's The Cocktail Party, which opens at the Print Room next month.

Abbey Wright's production will inaugurate the main auditorium at the Print Room's new home the Coronet; the historic space was until recently used as a cinema and hasn't housed theatre productions for over a century.

Running from 14 September to 10 October 2015, the production will see Helen Bradbury (Versailles, Top Girls) and Richard Dempsey (Damsel in Distress, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) star as Lavinia and Edward, a recently estranged couple who hold a cocktail party.

The cast also features: Hilton McRae (Unidentified Guest / Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly), Chloe Pirrie (Celia), Christopher Ravenscroft (Alex), John Wark (Peter) and Marcia Warren (Julia).

The 1949 verse drama was Eliot's most popular play in his lifetime, but has only been occasionally revived since.

Abbey Wright's most recent production is the West End revival of Richard Bean's The Mentalists starring Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri.

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