Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre, previewing from 12 October 2018 with an opening night on 24 October. The 12-week run will conclude on 6 January 2019.
The cast comprises Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles, Alistair Benson, Elizabeth Berrington,Paul Bradley, Noah Brignull, Jim Broadbent, Phil Daniels, Regan Garcia, Leo Hart, Graeme Hawley, Audrey Hayhurst, Kundai Kanyama, Lee Knight, Jamie McKie, Ryan Pope, James Roberts, Alice Selwyn, AustinTaylor, Amelia Walter and Annabelle Westenholz-Smith including nine children who will alternate a variety of roles.
In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.
The London Theatre Company’s production is directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Anna Fleischle with lighting by Philip Gladwell, music compositions by James Maloney, sound by George Dennis, special effects by Paul Wanklin and video effects by Finn Ross.
Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles, a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, will make her professional stage debut in A Very Very Very Dark Matter.
Elizabeth Berrington was last on stage in Rasheeda Speaking at the Trafalgar Studios. Her previous theatre credits include Who Cares and The Low Road for the Royal Court, Holes at the Arcola Theatre, Absent Friends at the Comedy Theatre and Abigail’s Party for Hampstead Theatre.
Jim Broadbent (Hans Christian Andersen) is a BAFTA and Academy Award-winning actor. He has previously appeared in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at the National Theatre where he was also seen in Improbable Theatre’s Theatre of Blood. Broadbent has worked extensively for the Donmar Warehouse, the Old Vic, the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has most recently been seen on stage in A Christmas Carol at The Noël Coward Theatre.
Phil Daniels recently toured the UK playing the title roles in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. His further theatre credits include King Lear for Chichester Festival Theatre, This House at the National Theatre and Garrick Theatre, Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre and Antony and Cleopatra and Knight of The Burning Pestle for Shakespeare’s Globe.
Martin McDonagh is an award-winning writer and director. His plays are The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane and Hangmen.
Matthew Dunster directed McDonagh’s Hangmen at the Royal Court which also transferred to New York. His other directing credits include The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Love’s Sacrifice for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Liberian Girl at the Royal Court, Love the Sinner for the National Theatre, Doctor Faustus, Imogen, The Frontline and Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare’s Globe, Mametz for the National Theatre of Wales, Before the Party for the Almeida Theatre and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Macbeth and Mogadishu for the Royal Exchange Theatre. As a writer, his plays include Children’s Children which premiered at the Almeida Theatre and You Can See the Hills which premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as well as an adaptation of 1984.