Monday, 12 October 2015

Casting announced for Desperate Measures at the Jermyn Street Theatre

Casting has been announced for Desperate Measures, a "freewheeling" new musical based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Directed by Chris Barton, the show opens at the Jermyn Street Theatre on 27th November (previews from 14th November) and runs until 20th December 2015. Design is by Dee Shulman with musical direction from Jordan Li-Smith.

Desperate Measures will star Ellie Nunn (pictured right) as Isobel. Her theatre credits include: Gatsby (Arts Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (West End), Lady Windermere's Fan (Kings Head), Bombshells (Jermyn Street) and The Last Laundress of Queensway (Drayton Arms). 

Completing the cast are: Harry Al-Adwani, Angharad George-Carey, Emily-Rose Hurdiss, Alice Jay, Jojo Macari, Callum Macdonald, Charlie Merriman, Timothy Patten, Tosin Thompson, and James Wilson.

Desperate Measures is is set in London in the swinging sixties against a backdrop of starchy middle class morality and hypocrisy in a country on the verge of Beatlemania and the sexual and social permissiveness that we know today.

This is the world of Profumo, Christine Keeler & the Kray twins. Depravity and sexual licence are widespread. Members of parliament rub shoulders with glamour models and journalists are all too happy to take bribes.

MP, Simon Di Angelo, in an attempt to stop the tide of ‘wickedness’ he sees permeating every corner of life decides to revive the Sexual Congress Act. Pop singer Milo Feather breaks the law by getting his girlfriend pregnant and is condemned to hang under the new morality laws. His sister Isobel, a novice nun, sets out to rescue him. But she’s about to take holy orders, and the stakes will threaten all that she lives for.

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