Casting Announcement for The REP's Double Bill of Plays
The cast for The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties has been announced. The company of eight will start rehearsals at the end of July for both productions which will play side-by-side at The Old Rep as part of The REP’s off-site programme.
Playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest will be Nick Caldecott. And, in Travesties, he will be playing the part of James Joyce.
The company includes a number of actors who have appeared in previous Birmingham Repertory Theatre productions. Abigail McKern, who appeared in the 2003 production of A View From The Bridge will play Prism in Earnest and Nadya in Travesties. Giles Taylor, who was last at The REP in The Secret Garden and prior to that in The Wizard of Oz, will play Lane and Merriman in Earnest and Bennett in Travesties. Matthew Douglas who had roles in both She Stoops To Conquer and Hamlet at The REP will play the parts of Algernon in Earnest and Carr in Travesties.
Completing the company will be Emerald O’Hanrahan, who will be well known to fans of The Archers as character Emma Grundy, undertakes the role of Cecily in both Earnest and Travesties. Emily Bowker will play Gwendolen in Earnest and Gwen in Travesties, Tom Davey, Jack in Earnest and Tsara in Travesties, and finally Roger Ringrose as Chausuble and Lenin in Earnest and Travesties respectively.
Directing the two plays will be Philip Wilson who steps down as Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse at the end of this month, after a successful four years in the post. Whilst at Salisbury, Philip garnered critical acclaim for his productions of Private Lives, which was described in the Daily Telegraph as “Superlative… terrifically enjoyable” and The Picture of which the Guardian’s Michael Billington said “This adventurous production leaves you hungry for more”.