The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced full casting for the UK premiere of Jordi Galceran’s The Grönholm Method. Making his UK directorial debut, BT McNicholl directs Jonathan Cake (Frank), Greg McHugh (Carl), Laura Pitt-Pulford (Melanie) and John Gordon Sinclair (Rick). The production opens on 22 May 2018, with previews from 10 May, and runs until 7 July.
Set in the offices of a New York City Fortune 500 company, four unsuspecting candidates embark on the most testing job interview of their lives.
This taut play – which premièred in Barcelona in 2003 to great critical acclaim – exposes the psychological depths people will go to in order to get what they want. In our age of reality TV game shows and tweeting US presidents, The Grönholm Method explores the human capacity to manipulate, lie and ‘play the game’ to get ahead in life.
Jonathan Cake plays Frank. His theatre credits include Baby Doll (National Theatre/Albery Theatre), Medea (Queen’s Theatre/US tour), Coriolanus (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Flea In Her Ear (Old Vic), Antony and Cleopatra (RSC), Cymbeline (Lincoln Center, New York), Almost an Evening and Parlour Song (Atlantic Theatre, New York), The Philanthropist (American Airlines Theatre) and Restoration (New York Theatre Workshop).
Greg McHugh plays Carl. His theatre credits include Celebrity Autobiography (Kings Theatre, Glasgow), Will & Greg: A Sketch Show (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh), Rough Cuts Sketch Show (Comedy Unit) and The Ugly Kid Sketch Show (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh).
Laura Pitt-Pulford plays Melanie. She returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having performed in the venue’s recent production of Barnum. Other theatre credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Nell Gwynn (ETT & Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, UK tour), Platinum (Hampstead Theatre), Side Show, Mack and Mabel, Parade (Southwark Playhouse), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Piaf, Hello Dolly! (Curve), The Smallest Show on Earth (UK tour), The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Light Princess (National Theatre), A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Sweet Charity (Belfast MAC), The Little Prince (Lyric Belfast) and Guys and Dolls (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Clwyd Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse).
John Gordon Sinclair plays Rick. He returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having previously performed in The Invisible Man. Other theatre credits include Jeeves & Wooster (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Ladykillers (Vaudeville Theatre), The Producers (Theatre Royal Dury Lane), The Real Thing (UK tour), Absurd Person Singular (Garrick Theatre), Filumena, Kafka’s Dick (Piccadilly Theatre), She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and Gasping (Theatre Royal Haymarket).