Devil You Know Theatre Company has announced full casting for the first London production since 2005 of the multi-award-winning play The Rubenstein Kiss by James Phillips, directed by Joe Harmston for a limited season at Southwark Playhouse from 14 March to 13 April 2019, with a national press night on 18 March.
This new production will star Ruby Bentall as Esther Rubenstein, Henry Proffit as Esther’s husband Jakob, Sean Ribgy as David Girshfeld, Stephen Billington as FBI Agent Paul Cranmer and Dario Coates as Matthew. Completing the cast are Katie Eldred as Anna, and Eva-Jane Willis as Rachel Girshfeld.
The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations. Phillips’ drama was inspired by the haunting true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
James Phillips said:
“I’m thrilled about Joe Harmston’s new production of The Rubenstein Kiss, and I can’t wait to see the exciting new generation of actors he’s assembled in these roles I love. Our current, dangerous, fraught political moment – where so many are trying again to test the limits of political idealism, where we read daily of Russian agents in this country and in the United States – seems a perfect time from him to revive the play.”
Also in the creative team are set designer Sean Cavanagh, sound designer Matthew Bugg, lighting designer Mike Robertson and casting by Kate Plantin CDG.
Ruby Bentall is perhaps best known for playing Verity in the BBC’s adaptation of Poldark. Other notable acting credits include Hils in ITV’s Jekyll & Hyde, Minnie Mude in BBC’s Lark Rise to Candleford and Mary Bennett in BBC’s Lost in Austen. She’s also had film roles in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Mr Turner directed by Mike Leigh, and Armando Iannucci’s forthcoming adaptation of David Copperfield.
Henry Proffit’s stage credits include For King and Country (Southwark Playhouse), Great Expectations (York Theatre Royal), Kindertransport (UK Tour), and A Dance of Death (Finborough Theatre).
Sean Ribgy has starred as DS Jim Strange in ITV’s Endeavour since 2013, and is also known for his role as Lord Monteagle in the BBC drama Gunpowder. His theatre credits include Pomona (National Theatre, Orange Tree Richmond), Table Talk (Short Back And Sides), and Still Life And Red Peppers (Folie a Deux Productions).
Stephen Billington’s acting credits include television roles in Armchair Detectives (BBC), Danny Lomax in Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Greg Kelly in Coronation Street (ITV), Edward Thurlow in Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), and Jonathan Creek (BBC). On stage he has starred in The Crucible (York Theatre Royal), Peter James’s Not Dead Enough (UK Tour), and Alan Ayckbourn’s Hero’s Welcome and Confusions (UK Tours, Brits Off Broadway). He also played Phillip in Mel Gibson’s 1995 film Braveheart.
Dario Coates’ television acting credits include Damned (Channel 4), Endeavour (ITV), The Coroner (BBC), Drifters (E4) and Alex Neeson in Coronation Street (ITV).