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Bill, Bitmaté & Lynch star in Vercors' Silence at Donmar Trafalgar

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Full casting has been announced for Simon Evans' production of Anthony Weigh's new version Vercors' The Silence of the Sea, which runs as part of the Donmar's residency at Trafalgar Studios 2.

Running from 14 January to 2 February 2013 (previews from 10 January), the cast will feature Leo Bill, Simona Bitmaté and Finbar Lynch.

Secretly published as a novella in 1942, the story examines an excruciating dilemma faced by both the occupier and the occupied.

In a time of conflict, a soldier (Bill) is billeted to the home of an old man (Lynch) and his niece (Bitmaté). Powerless to turn him away, they resist him with silence - a silence that becomes their most potent weapon.

Leo Bill's theatre credits include Posh at the Royal Court and Duke of York's, The Way of the World at Sheffield Crucible Theatre, School for Scandal at the Barbican and Pains of Youth, The Observer, The Hothouse and The Reporter all at the National Theatre.

Simona Bitmate graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010. She played Chacha in You Always Forget Something at the Arcola and has appeared in Under a Foreign Sky at the Unicorn and on tour.

Finbar Lynch's previous work for the Donmar includes Hecuba, The Green Fields Beyond, Fool for Love and Translations. His other theatre work includes Desire Under the Elms at the Lyric Hammersmith, The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic as well as numerous appearances at the RSC, National Theatre and the West End.

Simon Evans was resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse from 2010 to 2011. His other credits include Thom Pain (The Print Room), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios), Apple Pie, Hours Till Autumn (Riverside Studios) and Skyscraper (Public, New York).


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