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Casting has been announced for the Ustinov’s season of three black comedies this Autumn, which will feature Alun Armstrong, Kenneth Cranham, Lia Williams, Greg Hicks, Sally Dexter and Richard Clothier.

 

One of the UK’s most recognisable and acclaimed characters actors, Alun Armstrong, spent nine years with the RSC, originated the role of Thenardier in Les Miserables; he won an Olivier Award for the title role in Sweeney Todd and has since become recognisable to millions with his extensive television appearances includingBleak House, Little Dorrit, Garrow’s Law,Penny Dreadful and New Tricks. He will be starring in the new translation of the Eugene Ionesco play, Exit The King, the third of three black comedies which make up this Autumn’s Ustinov Studio season. Directed by Laurence Boswell, Exit The King follows the last day in the life of the great King Berenger, now 400 years old, once the ruler of millions of subjects, but now on his last legs.

 

Kenneth Cranham stars alongside Lia Williams in the UK Premiere of Florian Zeller’s new play The Father. Nominated for a Tony Award for Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls, Kenneth Cranham’s numerous stage credits also include The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre,The Homecoming at the Almeida and the West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party andGaslight. Lia Williams’ extensive stage credit include OleannaOld TimesA Streetcar Named Desire and Skylight, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. The Father, focussing on the relationship between an elderly man and his daughter, was the winner of three Moliere Awards (France’s equivalent of the Olivier Awards) including Best New Play 2014, and here receives its UK premiere in a translation by Christopher Hampton.

 

The Season opens with Play Strindberg, the UK premiere of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s black comedy, starring Greg Hicks, Sally Dexter and Richard Clothier. One of the UK’s leading classical actors, Greg Hickshas played numerous major roles for the National Theatre and RSC, including recently, King Lear. He won the 2003 Critics’ Circle Award and received an Olivier Best Actor nomination for his performance as Coriolanus at the Old Vic. Multi-award winning Sally Dexter is one of Britain’s most respected actresses, whose stage credits include Sam Mendes’ Oliver!, Patrick Marber’s Closer and she has played Lady Macbeth opposite Rufus Sewell. Richard Clothier returns to the Ustinov Studio after starring in Fifty Wordsin 2013, and has worked extensively with the National Theatre and RSC.

Play Strindberg, a surreal love triangle played out in a desolate island outpost, is directed by Nancy Meckler, Artistic Director of Shared Experience for 22 years, where her work included the award-winning productions of Anna Karenina andWar and Peace.

 

Tickets for all shows in the Ustinov Studio’s Autumn Season – Three Black Comedies – are on sale now from the Box Office on 01225 448844 or online atwww.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov

 

·                    LISTINGS INFORMATION:

 

PLAY STRINDBERG

Venue:             Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Dates:              Thursday 11thSeptember – Saturday 11th October

Performances:            Evenings 7.45pm;

Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm(not 11th Sept)

Tickets:                        £19.50 / £14.50 discounts, booking fees apply

Preview performances11th – 16th September and Mondays – all seats £10

Box Office:                  01225 448844www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov

 

THE FATHER

Venue:             Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Dates:              Thursday 16thOctober – Saturday 15th November

Performances:            Evenings 7.45pm;

Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm(not 16th Oct)

Tickets:                        £19.50 / £14.50 discounts, booking fees apply

Preview performances16th – 21st October and Mondays – all seats £10

Box Office:                  01225 448844www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov

 

EXIT THE KING

Venue:             Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Dates:              Thursday 20th November – Saturday 20th December

Performances:            Evenings 7.45pm;

Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm (not 20th Nov)

Tickets:                        £19.50 / £14.50 discounts, booking fees apply

Preview performances 20th – 25th November and Mondays – all seats £10

Box Office:                  01225 448844www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov