Theatre News

Radio 1's Cel Spellman joins the cast of Talk Radio play

Eric Bogosian’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated piece runs at the Old Red Lion later this month

Cel Spellman, host of the Sunday Chart Show on Radio 1, will join the cast of Eric Bogosian's Pulitzer Prize-nominated Talk Radio. Directed by Sean Turner, which will run at the Old Red Lion from 29 August, 30 years after its inaugural production in New York.

Spellman has had a string of television appearances including ITV's Cold Feet, Channel 4's Cucumber and the BBC's Waterloo Road.

Spellman will join George Turvey (No Villain, Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios), Andy Secombe (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones), Molly McNerney and Matthew Jure (Grantchester, ITV; Downton Abbey, BBC1; The Great Train Robbery, BBC1).

Bogosian’s play highlights that, in the wrong hands and a post-truth age of fake news, freedom of the press can be used to baffle and create prejudice.

Turner comments, "Cel is an extraordinary talent and having a bona fide radio guy in the cast helps too! Matthew is going to be a phenom in the central role and I'm thrilled to be building on previous work with George and Andy. Molly is a rare find – she's going to be huge."

Talk Radio runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre from 31 August to 23 September, with previews from 29 August.