Olivier nominee Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife) and Paul Nicholls (Law & Order, The C-Word, EastEnders) will join the cast of Foxfinder’s West End premiere which begins performances at the Ambassadors Theatre on 6 September 2018 and will play a strictly limited season until 5 January 2018.
The actors will join the previously announced Heida Reed (Poldark) and Olivier winner Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton, Misfits) in Dawn King’s darkly comic drama.
Foxfinder will be directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won her the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.
England is in crisis. Fields are flooded, food is scarce and fear of the red beast grips the land. William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. But as the hunt progresses, William finds more questions than answers…
First performed at London’s Finborough Theatre in 2011, Foxfinder won King the 2013 Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award, a Pearson Award Bursary as Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough, the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition and the Off West End award for Most Promising Playwright. Foxfinder is designed by Gary McCann with lighting design by Paul Anderson. Simon Slater is the composer and sound designer for the production.
Bryony Hannah is best known for playing Sister Mary Cynthia in six series of the hugely successful BBC period drama Call the Midwife. She was last in the West End playing Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour (Harold Pinter Theatre) opposite Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss, for which she was Olivier nominated. Hannah’s other previous credits include the ITV crime-drama Unforgotten, 2012 BBC comedy Dead Boss, as well as ITV’s 2009 drama Above Suspicion. Her film work includes roles Jupiter Ascending and Cemetery Junction.
Paul Nicholls became a household name when he joined EastEnders as the troubled Joe Wicks in 1996. He has most recently appeared in Channel 4’s hit drama Ackley Bridge. His previous theatre work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Lyric Theatre), Vincent in Brixton (National Theatre), Billy Liar (Bush Theatre), The Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour), The Promise (Tricycle Theatre), Rufus Norris’ West End production of Festen (Lyric Theatre) and Telstar (Hampstead Theatre). Nicholls’ television and film career over the past two decades has seen him appear in acclaimed dramas such as The C Word for the BBC, Channel 4’s four-part thriller The Fear, Kay Mellor’s BBC drama In The Club and ITV’s Law and Order: UK. His film work includes Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, If Only and WW1 drama The Trench.