Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Miles Richardson leads the 11-strong cast of Jonathan O’Boyle’s Troupe Theatre production of JM Barrie’s rarely performed 1917 play Dear Brutus. The production has a strictly limited season from 29 November to 30 December 2017, with a press night on Monday 4 December and a post-matinee Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Tuesday 5 December.
1917. In a remote English village, there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…
From JM Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical.
Miles Richardson stars as Will Dearth and is joined in the Dear Brutus cast by Helen Bradbury, Charlotte Brimble, Emma Davies, Robin Hooper, Josie Kidd, Bathsheba Piepe, Simon Rhodes, Edward Sayer, Venice van Someren and James Woolley.
Dear Brutus is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle – whose 50th-anniversary revival of Hair transfers to The Vaults next month – and produced by Troupe, who return to Southwark Playhouse after their critically acclaimed production of The Cardinal. It’s designed by Anna Reid, with lighting by Peter Harrison and sound by Max Perryment.
Helen Bradbury plays Lady Caroline Laney. She trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes Genesis (Soho Theatre), The Philanderer (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), The Cocktail Party (The Print Room), Death and the Maiden (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Versailles (Donmar Warehouse), My Generation and Crash (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Our Country’s Good and Top Girls (Out of Joint), The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre), The Miser (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Royal Albert Hall), Unmaking the Bed (Southwark Playhouse), Airswimming (Courtyard Theatre), A Month in the Country and Northanger Abbey (Salisbury Playhouse), Lethe (Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond) and Where Soldiers Sleep (Heritage Arts Company). Film includes Denial, At First Sight, The Dresser, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Deadly Virtues: Love, Honour, Obey, Ham and Lennon Naked. Television includes Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary, The Outcast, Knifeman, Sherlock, Lucan, The Paradise, The Borgias, Upstairs Downstairs and PhoneShop. Radio includes Adventures of the Soul and The Octopus Nest.
Charlotte Brimble plays Joanna Trout. She trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre includes Windows (Finborough Theatre), The Tempest (The Print Room), Pygmalion (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath), Posh (Nottingham Playhouse and Salisbury Playhouse),Terms and Conditions (White Bear Theatre) and Mary Broome (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond). Film includes Arthur and Merlin and Burger which won a Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting at the Sundance Film Festival. Television includes Victoria, Spotless and Crime Stories.
Emma Davies plays Alice Dearth. She trained at Corona Stage School. Theatre includes Absurd Person Singular, Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat and A Touch of Spring (The Mill at Sonning), The Living Room (Jermyn Street Theatre), Present Laughter, Little Women and While the Sun Shines (National Tours), The Turn of the Screw (Stag Theatre Sevenoaks), The Accused (Theatre Royal Haymarket), You Say Tomatoes (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), The Go-Between (Theatre Royal Northampton), The Heidi Chronicles (Greenwich Theatre), The Vortex (King’s Head Theatre), Outside Edge (International Tour) and When We Are Married (Theatre Royal Windsor). Film includes Rooftop Refugee, The Holly Kane Experiment, Die schöne Spionin, Four Tails andEnigma. Television includes Grantchester, Guilt, Marcella, Royal Wives at War, EastEnders, Humans, You, Me and Them, Law and Order: UK, Steffi, Vexed, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Garrow’s Law, Holby City, Super Eruption, Emmerdale, Cape Wrath, Dream Team, Cambridge Spies, Bernard’s Watch, Heartbeat, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Mosley, Crown Prosecutor, Harry Enfield and Chums, Just William, Queen of the East, Law and Disorder, Families, Family Pride, Freddie and Max, Bergerac, Spatz, Home James!, Shadow of the Noose,The Tempest and Boon. Radio includes Hope, The Company of Wolves, The Winged Lions and Pygmalion.
Robin Hooper plays Lob. He trained at University of Manchester. Theatre includes The Cherry Orchard(Arcola Theatre), A Month of Sundays (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Told to Look Younger (Jermyn Street Theatre), As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Dresser and Blithe Spirit (Palace Theatre, Watford), My Night with Reg (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme), Dead Funny (York Theatre Royal and Octagon Theatre, Bolton), What the Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Northampton), Tartuffe (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham Playhouse), Saturday, Sunday… and Monday (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Art of Success (Paines Plough), The Public (Theatre Royal Stratford East), A Bright Room Called Day (Bush Theatre), Bloody Poetry and Star-Gazy Pie and Sauerkraut (Royal Court Theatre), Artists and Admirers (Riverside Studios) and John, Paul, George, Ringo… and Bert (Lyric Theatre). Film includes The Children Act, Legend, A Little Chaos, Riot at the Rite, Mr Harvey Lights a Candle, Being Human, Collider, Lecture 21, Fellow Traveller, Wild Things, Prick Up Your Ears, The Terence Davies Trilogy, Walter, Philby, Burgess and Maclean and Children. Television includes Quacks, Love, Nina, Jekyll and Hyde, Doctors, Lucan, Mrs Biggs, Twenty Twelve, Diamond Geezer, Casualty, The Courtroom, Monarch of the Glen, The Office, Kavanagh QC, The Famous Five, Brookside, Martin Chuzzlewit, Screen Two, The Bill, Brideshead Revisited and Crown Court. He was previously Literary Manager for Paines Plough and Royal Court Theatre.
Josie Kidd plays Mrs Coade. She trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre includes After October(Finborough Theatre), Fondly Remembered (Tabard Theatre), The White Carnation (Finborough Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Gates of Gold (Finborough Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), Glorious (Duchess Theatre and National Tour), Present Laughter (Aldwych Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre), Stepping Out (Novello Theatre and National Tour), Emma (Theatre Royal Northampton), Cemetery Club (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), Ring Round the Moon (King’s Head Theatre), See How They Run and Relative Values (Vienna’s English Theatre), Woman In Mind (Palace Theatre, Watford, and Wilmington, USA), Run For Your Wife and Funny Money (Oriana Theatre Company) and Birds on the Wing (Piccadilly Theatre). Film includes The First Man, The Library, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, Shoot on Sight, Ghosthunter and No Longer Alone. Television includes Bounty Hunters, The Crown, Call the Midwife, Doctors, Starlings, Midsomer Murders, The Invisibles, Catwalk Dogs, Life Begins, Down to Earth, Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher, Hot Money, Murder in Mind, There’s a Viking in My Bed, Absolutely True, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Goodnight Sweetheart, Soldier Soldier, Castles, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Galloping Galaxies, Moon and Son, Kinsey, The Agatha Christie Hour, Who, Sir? Me, Sir?, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Just William, Harriet’s Back in Town, Peak Practice, Wycliffe, Last of the Summer Wine, Juliet Jekyll and Harriet Hyde, Uncle Jack, London’s Burning, The Pallisers, War and Peace and Nana. Radio includes The Haunted Hotel and numerous radio dramas for the BBC Radio Drama Company. Pop Promos include Dream with Dizzee Rascal.
Bathsheba Piepe plays Mabel Purdie. She trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes Before the Party (Salisbury Playhouse), Doctor Faustus, Don Quixote and Shakespeare Live! (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre) and Belleville Rendez-Vous(FellSwoop Theatre).
Simon Rhodes plays Matey. He trained at Drama Centre, London. Theatre includes Just to Get Married and Laburnum Grove (Finborough Theatre), No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s Theatre and National Tour), A Pit of Clay and Styx (RIFT), The Hackney Volpone (The Rose Lipman Building), Venice Preserv’d (The Spectators’ Guild),Cornelius (Finborough Theatre and 59E59 Theaters, New York), Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Hotel (The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), Billy Chickens is a Psychopath Superstar (Theatre503 at Latitude Festival), Trolls and Blue on Blue (Theatre503), Julius Caesar (The Barbican Theatre), Peace, The Bacchae and The Persians (Cyprus Amphitheatres Tour for Thiasos), A Number (Edinburgh Festival) and The Plebians Rehearse the Uprising (Arcola Theatre). Film includes The World We Knew, The Sky in Bloom and Screwed.
Miles Richardson plays Will Dearth. He trained at Arts Educational Schools London. Theatre includes Sleuth(Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse), King John (Rose Theatre, Kingston), King Charles III(Wyndham’s Theatre and Music Box Theater, New York), Volpone, Henry V, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, Richard III, Henry VI Part I, Henry VI Part II, Henry VI Part III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company), 12 Angry Men (Birmingham Rep and Garrick Theatre), The Moment of Truth (Southwark Playhouse), Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai (HoriPro Inc., Japan and Sadler’s Wells), A Doll’s House and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Bridge House Theatre, Warwick), Playing Sinatra, The Lovers and Candida (New End Theatre, Hampstead), The Rivals (Wimbledon Studio Theatre), Lulu (Almeida Theatre and Kennedy Center, Washington DC), Journey’s End (King’s Head Theatre), Charley’s Aunt and The Three Musketeers (Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Westminster Theatre), The Seagull (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), The Three Musketeers (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and National Tour), First Class Passengers, Wuthering Heights and Cause Célèbre (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), An Evening with Gary Lineker (Riverside Studios), The Invisible Man (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Vaudeville Theatre and Comedy Theatre), Private Lives (York Theatre Royal), Romeo and Juliet (Hull Truck), Othello (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Richard II and Richard III (National Tours), Wilfred, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, An Inspector Calls and The Contractor (Birmingham Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Ludlow Festival), Another Country (Queen’s Theatre) and Macbeth, Death of a Salesman and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Tyne and Wear Theatre Company). Film includes Peterloo, Queen of Spain,Their Finest, A Quiet Passion, The Best Offer, Beat Girl, A Princess for Christmas, Flushed Away, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Sabotage!, Mindgame Trilogy, The Remains of the Day and Maurice. Television includes Sick Note, The Crown, Genius, Lucan, Doctors, Dancing on the Edge, Jo, Titanic, Upstairs Downstairs,Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, Dirk Gently, The Colour of Magic, Agatha Christie’s Marple, The King Must Die, The Brief, Byron, Cambridge Spies, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Big Pants, Elizabeth, Highlander, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Porterhouse Blue and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Audio and voiceover work includes Venus, Life with Jesus, Final Fantasy, Hour of Victory, Gallifrey and Bernice Summerfield.
Edward Sayer plays John Purdie. He trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl) and First Light (Minerva Theatre, Chichester).
Venice van Someren plays Margaret. She trained at Drama Centre, London. Theatre includes The Real Thing (Rose Theatre, Kingston, Theatre Royal Bath, Arts Theatre, Cambridge and National Tour), Gabriel(National Tour for Theatre6), Thérèse Raquin (Southwark Playhouse), Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down(Theatre N16) and Punk Rock (Theatro Technis). Film includes Silver.
James Woolley plays Mr Coade. Theatre includes The Romance of the Century (Brighton Fringe), Stop! The Play (Trafalgar Studios), So Great a Crime (Finborough Theatre), The Making of Moo and Mary Goes First(Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), A Doll’s House (Northern Stage, Newcastle), Called to Account, Bloody Sunday, Justifying War, Nuremberg and Srebrenica (Tricycle Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf(Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Shadowlands (Salisbury Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard (Southwark Playhouse), The Holly and the Ivy (National Tour for Middle Ground Theatre Company), Summer Lightning(Theatre Royal Northampton), Fallen Angels (Apollo Theatre), Present Laughter (Gielgud Theatre), The Colour of Justice (Tricycle Theatre, National Theatre and National Tour), The Deep Blue Sea and Angels Rave On(Nottingham Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Northcott Theatre, Exeter) and The Tempest (Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Nottingham Playhouse). Film includes Down Dog, Framed, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, Justifying War: Scenes from the Hutton Enquiry, The Brides in the Bath, The Football Factory, I’ll Be There, What a Girl Wants, Greenfingers, The Colour of Justice, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Being Normal, Quincy’s Quest and Telling Tales. Television includes Delicious, The Crown, Whitechapel, The Borgias, My Family, Hotel Babylon, Last of the Summer Wine, Footballers’ Wives, Canterbury Tales, Coupling, Hippies, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, The Politician’s Wife, Shrinks, Screen Two, Pulaski, Intimate Contact, Lytton’s Diary, Only Fools and Horses, The Last Place on Earth, Dick Turpin, Danger UXB, Play for Today, A Soft Touch, The Duchess of Duke Street, When the Boat Comes In, The Sound of Laughter, Life and Death of Penelope, The Glittering Prizes, Upstairs Downstairs, S*P*Y*S and A Family at War.