Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Further casting confirmed for UK premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; meet the cast

It has been confirmed by producers that Hadyn Gwynne, Jerome Pradon and Anna Skellern will join Tamsin Greig in the UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, and following two full-scale development workshops with actors, musicians and the creative team, the production will open in a limited run for 20 weeks only at The Playhouse Theatre on 12th January 2015 (previews from 20 December 2014).

Meet The Cast

Tamsin Greig (Pepa)

 Designer for orange dress: ASOS / Designer of the black jumpsuit: Thierry Mulger 

Greig has received much critical acclaim for her work on stage. She won a Laurence Olivier and Critics Award for Best Actress in Much Ado About Nothing and was nominated again for her role in The Little Dog Laughed. Other theatre credits include Jumpy at the Royal Court and at Duke of York’s theatre, The God of Carnage at the Gielgud, Gethsemane for the National, and King John for the RSC. 

Greig is also known for her many comedic roles on television including Beverley Lincoln in the transatlantic sitcom Episodes with Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc, Dr Caroline Todd in Green Wing for which she won an award for Best Comedy Performance at the 2005 Royal Television Society Awards, Jackie in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner, Alice Chenery in Love Soup and Fran Katzenjammer in Black Books. Among Greig’s other notable television characters are Miss Bates in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, Beth in White Heat and most recently DCI Maggie Brand in The Guilty. 

On film she starred with Richard E. Grant in Cuckoo, Roger Allam and Gemma Arterton in Tamara Drewe for which she received a BIFA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also made a short cameo appearance in the 2004 comedy Shaun of the Dead. Greig has just finished filming the feature Breaking The Bank opposite Kelsey Grammar, directed by Vadim Jean and recently The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.

Hadyn Gwynne (Lucia)
On stage she has most recently starred as Margaret Thatcher in The Audience alongside Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre. Hadyn’s other theatre credits include Richard III opposite Kevin Spacey as part of The Old Vic’s Bridge Project (and international tour), Billy Elliot the Musical for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Becky Shaw for the Almeida, Company for the Donmar Warehouse and Merry Wives of Windsor, Peer Gynt, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC. Gwynne also boasts an extensive list of television credits, including Death in Paradise, Law & Order, Lewis, Consenting Adults, Poirot, Dangerfield. Film credits include Hunky Dory, These Foolish Things and Remember Me.

Jerome Pradon (Ivan)
He most recently appeared in the French production of Mamma Mia! and has starred in numerous productions in the UK and abroad including Whistle Down the Wind at Aldwych Theatre, Les Misérables both in the West End and Paris, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Lord of the Rings and Pacific Overtures for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, with the show winning Best Musical. Jerome’s film credits include, Vatel, The Dancer and The Aristocrats. Jerome also played the palaeontologist narrator in the hugely successful Walking With Dinosaurs.

Anna Skellern (Candela)
Anna’s theatre work includes Holding the Man at Trafalgar Studios, One Night in November at the Belgrade Theatre (Coventry) and Maddie in The Vegemite Tales at The Venue (Leicester Square). On television Anna played Lady Bobbie in Parade’s End, as well as appearing in The Interceptor, The Musketeers, Outnumbered, Poriot, Spy and Jack Whitehall’s Secret. Anna also has numerous film credits including Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, I Give It A Year, Gambit, Solitary, Blood Moon, Incident Sans Asylum, 7 Lives, W.E., A Night in the Woods, Siren and The Descent 2.

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