Thursday, 31 July 2014

Peter Davison and Thusitha Jayasundera star in THE VERTICAL HOUR at the Park Theatre

With the critically acclaimed musical adaptation of the classic French novel Thérèse Raquin about to begin its run in Park200, having transferred from the Finborough Theatre, today Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond announces a casting update for the first London revival of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour.

Peter Davison, probably best known for playing the fifth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who and Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, will take the part of Oliver, with Thusitha Jayasundera joining him as Nadia.  The play, which received its UK premiere at the Royal Court in 2008, will be directed by Nigel Douglas and opens on 25 September, with previews from 23 September, running until 26 October. 

Nadia Blye knows exactly what her stance is on Iraq.  A former war reporter and Professor of International Relations at Yale, she has advised the President and seen action in Sarajevo and Baghdad.  She is sure of her place in the world and her opinion of it.

Until, that is, she meets an equally opinionated and lethally charming man – her boyfriend’s father – over a weekend in Shropshire.  His intervention has far-reaching consequences for them all.

A gripping play that pits personal philosophies against global politics.

Peter Davison plays Oliver.  His theatre credits include Legally Blonde – The Musical (Savoy Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), Under the Doctor (Comedy Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Dial M for Murder (UK tour), An Absolute Turkey (Globe Theatre), The Last Yankee (Young Vic and Duke of York’s Theatre), The Decorator (Yvonne Arnaud and UK tour), Arsenic and Old Lace (Chichester Festival Theatre),  A Midsummer Night’s DreamRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadHamlet and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Edinburgh Lyceum).  Perhaps best known for his role as The Doctor in Doctor Who and Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, his other television credits include Law and OrderAt Home with the BraithwaitesCabbage and PatThe QueenMiranda, Distant ShoresThe Last Detective,Fear Stress and AngerThe Complete Guide to Parenting and Aint Misbehaving; and for film, Parting ShotsGhosts of WinterborneBlack Beauty and A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday.

Thusitha Jayasundera plays Nadia.  Her theatre credits include The Nine O’Clock Slot (Ice and Fire), Tiger Country(Hampstead Theatre), A Day at the Racists (Finborough Theatre), Dreams of Violence (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre and UK tour), Crime and PunishmentWarhorse and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre), Twelfth Night and As I Lay Dying (Young Vic) and The Comedy of ErrorsCainPeer Gint and Pentecost (RSC).  Her TV work includes The Bill(series regular), Holby City (series regular), BroadchurchThe C Word and Above Suspicion.

David Hare is a playwright and screenwriter.  As a playwright his work includes SlagThe Great ExhibitionBrassneck(with Howard Brenton), KnuckleFanshenTeeth ’n ’SmilesPlentyA Map Of The WorldPravda (with Howard Brenton),The Bay At NiceThe Secret RaptureRacing DemonMurmuring JudgesThe Absence Of WarSkylightAmy’s ViewThe Blue RoomThe Judas Kiss  Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath Of LifeThe Permanent WayStuff HappensThe Vertical HourGethsemaneBerlin/Wall  and The Power Of Yes.  His adaptations for theatre include The Rules Of The Game - Pirandello, The Life Of Galileo – Brecht, Mother Courage & Her Children – Brecht, Ivanov -Chekhov, Platonov - Chekhov, The House Of Bernarda Alba - Lorca  and Enemies – Gorky.

Nigel Douglas directs.  This will be his first theatre work in ten years, having spent a decade in television and film.  His theatre work includes A Voyage Round My Father (World’s End Theatre), The Swimming Party (The Man in The Moon).  His TV credits include JackanoryFlipGrange HillThe BizThis Life (BAFTA for Best Drama), London’s BurningThe Blind DateThe KnockNorth SquareClocking Off (BAFTA for Best Drama Series), Making Waves and Wild at Heart
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