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Williams, Grace & McArdle join cast for Hampstead's Chariots of Fire

Full casting has been announced for the Hampstead Theatre's upcoming stage adaptation of Chariots of Fire with Simon Williams, Nickolas Grace and James McArdle joining the previously reported Jack Lowden as Eric Liddell.

Adapted by Mike Bartlett and directed by Hampstead artistic director Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire runs from 22 May (previews from 9 May) to 16 June 2012 ahead of the forthcoming London Olympics.

Simon Williams plays The Master of Caius. On stage he has appeared recently in Yes, Prime Minister both at the Apollo Theatre and on tour. His other stage credits include The Power of Yes for the National Theatre, Hay Fever at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Deep Blue Sea at the Vaudeville.

His television roles include Murdoch Mysteries, Merlin, The Queen and Above Suspicion: Red Dahlia.

Nickolas Grace plays the Master of Trinity. Amongst his extensive stage roles are recent appearances in Mahler’s Conversion at the Aldwych Theatre and The Drowsy Chaperone at the Novello.

His television roles include Robin of Sherwood, Shell Seekers, The Commander and Daniel Deronda. His film roles have included The Golden Bowl, Tom & Viv, Two Deaths, The Hardest Part and These Foolish Things.

Nickolas Grace attends the press night of Crazy for You with Honour Blackman. Photo credit: Dan Wooller
James McArdle's plays Harold Abrahams. His previous stage work includes The Heart of Robin Hood (RSC), Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre), A Month in The Country (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spur of The Moment (Royal Court) and Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe).

On television he has appeared in The Best Possible Taste, Appropriate Adult and Page Eight as well as the film Private Peaceful.

Billed as “one of the most thrilling Olympic stories”, Chariots of Fire centres on two great athletes - Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams (played on the big screen by Ian Charleson and Ben Cross) - outsiders who overcame prejudice and personal strife to compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Chariots of Fire is designed by Miriam Buether (who worked on Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London) and will “transform” the theatre into its very own stadium, giving an “immersive experience that evokes the 1924 Olympics”.

The production will also feature the music of the legendary Vangelis score with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award winning composer Jason Carr.


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