Ustinov favourites Greg Hicks and Lindsey Campbell return with director Michael Boyd for Will Eno’s multi-award winning comedy THE OPEN HOUSE, which receives its UK premiere later this month.
The Open House offers a wildly subversive and darkly hilarious take on the archetypal family drama. Son and daughter have come home to celebrate Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained, and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate, things start to take a very unexpected turn…
Greg Hicks plays Father, returning to the Ustinov after starring in Play Strindberg, and having recently starred in the title role of Richard III at the Arcola Theatre. His other stage credits include The Tempest, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar all for the RSC. Playing the role of Daughter, Lindsey Campbell’s previous work for Ustinov Studio includes Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal, and recent screen credits include Silent Witness and Pumped.
The cast also includes Teresa Banham, whose extensive theatre credits include A Chorus of Disapproval (West End), Heresy of Love (RSC), Measure for Measure (RSC), The Father (Chichester Festival), Snake in the Grass (Old Vic); Crispin Letts, whose stage credits include The Entertainer (West End), The Servant (Lyric Hammersmith), An Inspector Calls (West End) and Othello, Wind in the Willows, Machine Wreckers all for National Theatre; and recent RADA graduate Ralph Davis who recently starred in King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe.
THE OPEN HOUSE is the second production in the Ustinov’s Autumn Season of UK Premieres, and sees the former Artistic Director of the RSC Sir Michael Boyd return to the Ustinov Studio after previous successes with Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal.
The original production of Will Eno’s play won the OBIE (Off-Broadway) Award for Playwriting, the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and was on TIME Magazine and Time Out New York’s Top Ten Plays of 2014. Will Eno’s other writing credits include his debut play, The Realistic Jones’s, which won a Drama Desk Special Award.
THE OPEN HOUSE is at the Ustinov Studio from Thursday 23rd November – Saturday 23rd December. Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov
The Open House is a co-production with Print Room at the Coronet, London and follows the hugely successful Trouble in Mind, starring Tanya Moodie and directed by Laurence Boswell, which transferred from Theatre Royal Bath to Print Room at the Coronet earlier this year.