Final casting has been announced to join multi award-winning Josie Lawrence, one of the UK’s best-loved actors and comedians, in a new production of Mother Courage and Her Children. The Bertolt Brecht classic, translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and directed by Hannah Chissick, runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 2 November to 9 December 2017, with a press night on 6 November.
The rest of the cast are: Laura Checkley, Ivy Corbin, Rosalind Ford, Jake Phillips Head, Shiv Jalota, Julian Moore-Cook, Nuno Queimado, David Shelley and Phoebe Vigor.
In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war. Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage and Her Children has been described as the greatest anti-war play of all time. It remains a timely exploration of displacement, war weariness and invisible enemies. It mirrored then, as it does now, the growing fear at the ever-advancing threat of terror infiltrating our everyday lives and our desire to protect ourselves and what is ours at any cost.
Mother Courage and Her Children director Hannah Chissick returns to Southwark Playhouse after the success of the musical Side Show. The production is presented by Danielle Tarento, whose recent successes at the same venue include the UK premiere of Grey Gardens (with Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell), Titanic, the world premiere of Gods and Monsters, and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, reworked for the 21st century by award-winning playwright Anya Reiss. Tarento is currently producing the premiere of Le Grand Mort, starring Julian Clary at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.
The production’s creative team are: Director Hannah Chissick, Musical Supervisor and Arranger David Randall, Set & Costume Designer Barney George, Lighting Designer Robbie Butler and Sound Designer Patrick Ball.