Cast Announced For Heather Gardner
The cast for our forthcoming production of Heather Gardner has been announced.
This brand new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler opens at The Old Rep Theatre from 14 to 28 March as part of The REP’s Centenary Season. Thrilling, enigmatic and destructive, Hedda Gabler, one of Ibsen’s most irresistible heroines, is brought to life in a fresh and stylish new version set in 1960s Birmingham.
Leading the cast in the title role of Heather is Elisabeth Hopper. Elisabeth played Miranda in Trevor Nunn’s 2011 West End production of The Tempest opposite Ralph Fiennes, having previously worked with Nunn on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
James Bradshaw plays the role of Heather’s Husband, George. James is well known for the role of Gordon Grimley in The Grimleys (ITV) and also played Mole in The REP’s 2001 production of The Wind In The Willows. The role of predatory solicitor, Peregrine Brand, is played by Christopher Ettridge. Christopher is well known for playing P.C. Deadman in 6 series of Goodnight Sweetheart. He also completed a season at the RSC in 2011 and appeared in The REP’s productions of Hapgood and His Dark Materials.
Heather’s friend, Dorothy Edwards, will be played by Maisie Turpie who recently appeared in The REP’s production of Wounded which took place at an Army Field Hospital in November 2012. The role of Bert Woodhead the gardener will be played by Roderick Smith. Roderick started his theatre career on stage at The Old Rep Theatre a page-boy in The Merchant of Venice in 1968. The part of Heather’s old flame, Alec Lambert will be played by Sean Hart and George’s Aunt June will be played by Rosalind March.
Heather Gardner has been written by Robin French who was born and raised in Edgbaston, Birmingham. His first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer’s Festival and was produced at the Royal Court in 2004, where it earned an extended run. He was chosen by The Guardian as one of the UK’s up and coming talents and has twice been chosen as a Hotshot by Broadcast magazine.
This production is directed by Mike Bradwell. Mike founded Hull Truck Theatre Company in 1971, was Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre from 1996 until 2007 and has worked extensively as a leading theatre director.
Design for Heather Gardner is by Jamie Vartan, with lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Dan Hoole.