Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy reprise their roles in Robert Chevara’s acclaimed production of Philip Ridley’s Vincent River, transferring to Trafalgar Studios from Park Theatre.
Ridley’s modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash at Trafalgar Studios in 2007. This production was seen at London’s Park Theatre in 2018. The production will run from 16 May to 22 June 2019 (press night is 21 May).
Director Robert Chevara said: “Vincent River is a modern classic and a dazzling, prescient piece of theatre. The play is even more prophetic now than when it was first produced. The murder of Jo Cox MP in 2016 shocked the nation and hate crimes have risen by 17% this last year alone. But hate crimes against LGBT people in the UK have surged over 78% in the last five years.
“One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime because of their sexual orientation in the last 12 months and four in five younger LGBT people have not reported the hate crimes they’ve endured, and are particularly reluctant to go to the police.”
Producer Danielle Tarento said: “Having produced the 20th anniversary production of The Pitchfork Disney back in 2012, I am delighted to be returning to Philip’s work and transferring Vincent River to Trafalgar Studios.”
Also in the creative team are set and costume designer Nicolai Hart-Hansen and lighting designer Marty Langthorne.
Louise Jameson played the iconic role of assistant Leela in Dr Who opposite Tom Baker in the 1970s. She later starred in Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders. In a 40-year career, her first love, the theatre, has seen her on stage at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, amongst many others. Jameson was nominated for an Off West End Award for her performance in Vincent River at Park Theatre.
Thomas Mahy graduated from Drama Centre, London in 2017. He was also nominated for an Off West End Award for his performance in Vincent River at Park Theatre, which was his London professional debut.