Cast: Annis Heads Conways, Toby Jones Does Good
Annis was seen in the West End earlier this year, along with Catherine Tate, in David Eldridge’s Under the Blue Sky. Her other myriad stage credits include Epitaph for George Dillon, Blood, Shoreditch Madonna, Henry IV, The Vortex, Ghosts, Mrs Klein and the Hackney Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes. She’s recently been seen on screen in Cranford.
The first Priestley play revived at the NT since Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning 1992 production of An Inspector Calls, Time and the Conways centres on another seemingly golden family and, from the perspective of daughter Kay’s 21st birthday in 1919, shuttles into their future and back again to see where the seeds of their downfall were planted. Also confirmed for the cast is Adrian Scarborough.
Since winning a hat trick of Best Director awards for last year’s Patrick Stewart-led Macbeth, Goold has remained busy with productions including Six Characters in Search of an Author, No Man’s Land and the upcoming Oliver! in the West End.
In other National Theatre casting updates:
- Michelle Dockery – who played Eliza in Peter Hall’s production of Pygmalion, which transferred to the Old Vic this past summer – joins Ciaran Hinds and Rory Kinnear in Peter Flannery’s new stage adaptation of the 1994 Oscar-winning Russian film Burnt by the Sun (Utomlyonnye solntsem), which receives its world premiere, directed by Howard Davies, opening in the NT Lyttelton on 3 March 2009 (previews from 24 February).
- And in the NT Cottesloe, Anastasia Hille takes the title role in James Macdonald’s new production of the 16th-century classic Dido, Queen of Carthage, Christopher Marlowe’s first play, which opens on 24 March 2009 (previews from 17 March). Hille’s previous NT credits include Waves, Women of Troy, A Dream Play and The Oresteia.
- by Terri Paddock