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Cast announced for Royal Court's summer weekly rep

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Anna Calder-Marshall
The Royal Court has announced the repertory company of 14 actors that will perform a six plays in six weeks as part of Open Court, Vicky Featherstone's inaugural season as artistic director.

The acting ensemble will be: Paul Bhattacharjee, Anna Calder-Marshall, Debbie Chazen, Farzana Dua Elahe, Laura Elphinstone, Natasha Gordon, Jonjo O'Neill, Siobhan Redmond, Ferdy Roberts, Ryan Sampson, Nav Sidhu, Angela Terence, Sam Troughton, Alan Williams.

They will be directed by Carrie Cracknell, Vicky Featherstone, John Tiffany and Caroline Steinbeis. All of the Weekly Rep productions will be designed by Open Court festival designer Chloe Lamford.

The Weekly Rep was suggested by playwright Caryl Churchill, who said today: "Of course we often envy European theatres which have the money for rehearsals twice as long as ours. But there is a different and exhilarating skill to enjoy in getting a play on in a week - it's how actors used to develop their craft in theatres all over the country and the audience can get to know a company of actors and see them doing something different very week."

The six plays, which run on consecutive weeks from 11 June 2013, are: The President Has Come To See You by Lasha Bughadze; Death Tax by Lucas Hnath; Pigeons by Suhayla El-Bushra; Mint by Clare Lizzimore; Untitled Matriarch Play (Or Seven Sisters) by Nikole Beckwith; and Talk Show by Alistair McDowall.

The Open Court season - which sees Featherstone "give the keys" to over 100 Royal Court writers - also features a range of special events, talks and 'hidden theatre' experiences, as well as off-site productions at venues across London. For further information visit www.royalcourttheatre.com

Vicky Featherstone's first full season of plays will start in September 2013 and be announced next month.


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