Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Casting announced for world premiere of The Armour at the Langham

Casting has been announced for Ben Ellis’s play The Armour which receives its world première at the Langham next month. 

Hillier directs Hannah Spearritt in the role of Poppy and Finty Williams as Eugenie. The cast also includes: Thomas Craig, Simon Darwen, Siubhan Harrison and Sean Murray in the site-specific production which opens on 6th March (previews from 3rd March) and runs until 4th April 2015.

Ben Ellis was the winner of the Langham 1865 Writer-in-Residence Award, launched to mark the 150th anniversary of Europe’s first grand hotel. This will be Defibrillator’s second collaboration with the Langham, London following last year’s sell-out production of Tennessee WilliamsThe Hotel Plays. 

The Armour consists of three interlinking stories, taking place at three different times over the course of the Langham’s lifetime.

2015 - An international pop-star with ‘more twitter followers than the population of Venezuela’ is on a comeback tour after a period of self-destruction and self-doubt. Poppy confronts her manager Franky who is trying to boost her flagging confidence and get her onstage to play the gig of her life.

1973 - The second story takes place when the Langham was occupied by the BBC, being used as recording studios, storage and the BBC Club. Peter and Eloise are a successful couple waiting to be interviewed for a current affairs programme about their growing international shipping empire.

1871 - With the hotel newly built and electrical lighting yet to be installed, Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie seek refuge at the Langham whilst in exile from France.

Exploring the themes of power, luxury, empire and fragility, the play will be performed in three specially curated, intimate spaces within the hotel.

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