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D'Silva, Fox & Cordingly play Dunster's Children at Almeida

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Casting has been announced for Jeremy Herrin's world premiere production of Matthew Dunster’s Children's Children, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from 24 May to 30 June 2012 (previews from 17 May).

The cast comprises Emily Berrington (Effie), Beth Cordingly (Louisa), Darrell D'Silva (Michael), Trevor Fox (Gordon), John MacMillan (Castro) and Sally Rogers (Sally).

The play centres on Michael and Gordon, who have been best friends since acting college. Now, 20 years later, Michael is Mr Saturday Night TV but failing actor Gordon is struggling with enormous debts. Meanwhile Gordon’s daughter Effie couldn't care less about her Dad's problems – she is far more interested in the film that her cool boyfriend is making and setting up an ecologically sound clothing label.

When Gordon asks Michael to lend him a large sum of money it sets in motion a series of events that reveal irreparable cracks in the characters’ relationships.

Darrell D'Silva was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company ensemble between 2009-11 during which time he played Mark Antony in both Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. His other theatre credits include The Lying Kind for the Royal Court and Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Rose Tattoo for the National Theatre.

Trevor Fox has previously worked with Jeremy Herrin in Toast, Two’s Company and NE1 for Live Theatre Company. His other theatre credits include The Pitmen Painters for the National Theatre, on Broadway and at the Duchess Theatre.

Beth Cordingly has appeared most recently in A Round Heeled Woman at the Aldwych, Once Bitten for the Orange Tree Theatre, Semi Monde at the Lyric and Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson (Menier Chocolate Factory). Her other film and television credits include The Bill, Two Men Went To War, How TV Ruined Your Life, Merlin and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

John MacMillan was nominated for the Ian Charleson award for his roles in Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse and Macbeth at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He was last at the Almeida in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and was previously seen in Cheek by Jowl’s production of Cymbeline.

Sally Rogers’ theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Billy Liar and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for the National Theatre as well as Uganda and The People are Friendly at the Royal Court.

Emily Berrington is in her final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Children's Children is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Ian Dickinson.


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