Saturday, 9 March 2013

Full casting announced for Passion Play starring Zoë Wanamaker

It has been announced that Owen Teale, Samantha Bond, Oliver Cotton, Annabel Scholey, and Sian Thomas will join Zoë Wanamaker in Passion Play, directed by David Leveaux. Peter Nichols’ provocative comedy about sex, love and infidelity will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 7th May 2013 (previews from 1st May). 

Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is turned upside down when her husband begins an affair with their young friend Kate. As the lies mount up, the marriage is stripped bare, revealing illicit desires and hidden passions. A potent mix of desire, intimacy and deception, this modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play makes a much-anticipated return to the West End. 

Writer Peter Nichols’ other plays include A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, The National Health and Privates On Parade, recently revived in the West End by Michael Grandage. His plays have won four Evening Standard Awards, a Society of West End Theatres Award for Best Comedy and two Ivor Novello Best Musical Awards. 

David Leveaux reunites with Zoë Wanamaker for Passion Play, whom he directed in her Olivier Award-winning performance in Electra (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway). He has been nominated for five Tony Awards as a director of both plays and musicals. His recent play credits include Arcadia (Duke of York’s and Broadway); Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan (Atlantic Theatre, NY); Jumpers (National Theatre and Broadway); and Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline (Broadway). Other recent play credits include Simon Gray’s The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse) starring Helen McCrory and Robert Glenister as well as Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starring Juliette Binoche (Broadway). 

Zoë Wanamaker has appeared extensively in film and on television including the Harry Potter films and the award-winning BBC series My Family. Her work on stage includes Much Ado About Nothing, All My Sons with David Suchet and The National Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard. She has won two Olivier Awards for Best Actress; for her performance in Electra at the Donmar Warehouse and her performance in Once in a Lifetime at the National Theatre. Zoë has received four Tony Award nominations for Piaf!, Loot, Electra and, most recently, the Lincoln Centre production of Awake And Sing! 

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