Morphic Graffiti has announced casting of the ‘Bright Young Things’ for the company’s new adaptation of William Wycherley’s restoration comedy The Country Wife.
Luke Fredericks directs EastEnders’ Eddie Eyre as Harry Horner, Call the Midwife’s Leo Staar (Harcourt), West End stars Siubhan Harrison (Alithea) and Nancy Sullivan (Margery Pinchwife) with Daniel Cane (Sparkish), Mabel Clements (Lucy/ Dainty Fidget) and Joshua Hill (Dorilant) completing the company.
Thrust into the excesses and seductions of late 1920s London: a city exploding with a heavy mix of jazz, gin and scandalous affairs, the production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 4 April, with previews from 28 March, and runs until 22 April. Full casting is still to be announced.
Renowned playboy, Harry Horner, has made it known in the society pages that he is now impotent. For the jealous husbands, this cunning lothario is neither a threat to their wives nor their reputations.
Meanwhile, business brings the newly married Jack Pinchwife to the city with his much younger wife Margery in tow. Dazzled by everything laid out in front of her, Margery is determined to savour it all, regardless of the consequences. This is the Twenties, the ladies are now very much on top and they alone will decide what, and indeed who, comes their way.
Eddie Eyre plays Harry Horner. For theatre his credits include The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Women of Troy (The Scoop), Mansfield Park (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds) and The Seagull (UK tour. For television, Game of Thrones, and he can currently be seen playing series regular Josh Hemmings in EastEnders.
Leo Staar plays Harcourt. His theatre credits include Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), Celebrity Night at Cafe Red (Trafalgar Studios), Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre), Hamlet, After the Dance (National Theatre) and Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath). For television his credits include Jack Ryan, Maigret, Death in Paradise, Call the Midwife, Dancing on The Edge and Dark Matter.
Siubhan Harrison plays Alithea. Her credits for theatre include Working (Southwark Playhouse), I Call My Brothers (Arcola Theatre), Pitcairn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Chichester Festival Theatre), The Soft Of Her Palm and In Quest of Conscience (Finborough Theatre), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre), Bad Girls The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Carmen (New Vic Theatre and UK tour); and for film, Little Deaths.
Nancy Sullivan plays Margery Pinchwife. Her theatre credits include The Beggar’s Opera (Storyhouse), Gutted (Marlowe Theatre), FABRIC (Underbelly Edinburgh – Winner of Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Award 2016), The Rise & Fall Of Little Voice (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse) The Fastest Clock in The Universe (Old Red Lion), The Good Person Of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Judy The Righteous (Trafalgar Studios), Never Forget (UK tour), The Wizard of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Likes Of Us (Sydmonton Festival). For television her credits include Harry Price Ghost Hunter; and for film Les Misérables.
Daniel Cane plays Sparkish. His theatre credits include Spamalot (Mercury Theatre, Colchester and UK tour), A Christmas Carol (Winter Gardens), Will Harvey’s War, The Irving Berlin Songbook and The Mill on the Floss (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Free as Air and Merrie England (Finborough Theatre) and Gay’s The Word (Finborough Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre); and for film, Westminster, Cold Turkey and Human Nature.
Mabel Clements plays Lucy/ Dainty Fidget. Her theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Antic Disposition at Middle Temple Hall), A Doll’s House (Young Vic and BAM, New York), Crime and Punishment (Glasgow Citizens, Liverpool Playhouse and Edinburgh Lyceum) Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Black Balloon (Bush Theatre); and for film, The Window and The Tap Tap Lady.
Joshua Hill plays Dorilant. His credits for theatre include Pink Confetti (The Courtyard Theatre) and We Are Proud (Bush Theatre). For television his credits include Tennison, Death in Paradise and Vera; and for film, Legend and Pride.
The co-artistic directors of Morphic Graffiti are Luke Fredericks and Stewart Charlesworth.