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Cast: Meera Syal in Royal Court banking drama, Grandage's Alice, Bartlett's Bull

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Whatsonstage.com Award winner Meera Syal is among the newly announced cast of If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep at the Royal Court.

Anders Lustgarten's play, which looks at the politics of global banking, runs in the Theatre Downstairs from 20 February to 9 March 2013 (previews from 15 February), directed by Royal Court associate Simon Godwin.

Syal returns to the London stage having recently appeared in Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC, Killing of Sister George at the Arts Theatre and Shirley Valentine at the Menier Chocolate Factory (for which she won Best Solo Performance in the Whatsonstage.com Awards).

She's joined in the cast of If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep by Susan Brown, Ben Dilloway, Laura Elphinstone, Daniel Kendrick, Damien Molony, Lucian Msamati and Ferdy Roberts.

Anders Lustgarten won the inaugural Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award in 2011 which is given annually by Pinter’s widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, to support a new commission at the Royal Court. His first produced play A Day at the Racists, about the workings of the British National Party, premiered at the Finborough Theatre in 2010.

In other casting news:

  • Full casting has been announced for Peter and Alice - John Logan's new play which continues the Michael Grandage Company Season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Joining Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw are Olly Alexander, Ruby Bentall, Stefano Braschi, Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell. The production follows Privates on Parade and opens on 25 March (previews from 9 March), running until 1 June 2013.

  • Sheffield Theatres' artistic director Daniel Evans has announced the full cast for the world premiere of Mike Bartlett's play Bull, which runs in the Studio Theatre from 6-23 February. Clare Lizzimore will direct Adam James (Tony), Adrian Lukis (Carter), Eleanor Matsuura (Isobel) and Sam Troughton (Thomas).
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