Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Polly Stenham play cast announced

Opening in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 11 January (press night 16 January), On The Road star Tom Sturridge and Downton Abbey’s Zoe Boyle will lead the cast of Polly Stenham’s forthcoming drama No Quarter, the playwright’s third play to premiere at the Royal Court Theatre.

27 year old Sturridge (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Robin, a man who finds solace in the sanctuary of his remote family home but must decide how far he will go to save it when his kingdom begins to crumble around him.

The young cast also includes RADA graduate Taron Egerton (represented by United Agents) who recently appeared as Daniel in Last of The Hausmanns at The National, as Tommy.

Fellow RADA graduate Joshua James (represented by Independent Talent), whose credits include Love and Information at the Royal Court will play Arlo.

17 year old  Alexa Davies (represented by BWH) from Rhuddlan in Wales, makes her professional stage debut as Coby. Alexa starred in Welsh indie feature Vinyl, and will next be seen in Alison Steadman's Little Cracker on Sky1 this Christmas.

The full cast is Maureen Beattie, Zoe Boyle, Alexa Davies, Taron Egerton, Joshua James, Patrick Kennedy, Jenny Rainsford and Tom Sturridge.

“You were brought up on mythology. That’s why you’re all stuck, all angry, a prince in the wrong story. A prince with a black eye.”
Fleeing a world he has rejected, Robin finds solace in his music and the sanctuary of his remote family home. But as his kingdom begins to crumble around him, how far will he go to save it and at what cost?
Polly Stenham returns with an anarchic twist on the drawing room drama. Following That Face and Tusk Tusk, her new play asks what is the right way to live?

Polly Stenham’s debut play That Face, written when she was just 19, received its world premiere in 2007 at the Royal Court, having been developed through the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme, before transferring to the West End. She went on to win both the Evening Standard’s Award and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright as well as the TMA Award for Best Play. Her second play Tusk Tusk played to sold out houses and critical acclaim in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2009. 

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