NEWS: Lyric Hammersmith announces Terror cast

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The Lyric Hammersmith today is pleased to announce the full casting for the UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s thrilling courtroom drama Terror, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes and designed by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle. Emma Fielding plays Prosecuting Counsel Nelson, John Lightbody plays Christian Lauterbach, Forbes Masson plays Defence Counsel Biegler, Tanya Moodie plays the Presiding Judge, Shanaya Rafaat plays Franziska Meiser and Ashley Zhangazha plays the pilot on trial, Lars Koch.

Guilty. Not Guilty. You Decide.

Enter the courtroom. Hear the evidence. Make your judgement. A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders to the contrary a fighter pilot shoots the plane down killing 164 people to save 70,000. Put on trial and charged with murder, the fate of the pilot is in the audience’s hands. A worldwide phenomenon that has been stirring debate across the globe and providing opposing results in different countries and cultures.


Emma Fielding plays Prosecuting Counsel Nelson

Theatre credits include: The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (Liverpool Everyman/Peepolykus); Rapture Blister Burn (Hampstead Theatre); In The Republic of Happiness, Spinning Into Butter (Royal Court); Decade (Headlong); The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s); Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre); Playing With Fire, Look Back In Anger, Arcadia (National Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s); Macbeth, Heartbreak House, 1953, School For Wives (Almeida); Revolt She Said, Revolt Again, Cymbeline, Measure For Measure, The School For Scandal (Olivier Award nomination), Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Broken Heart (RSC). Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Dark Angel, Close To The Enemy,  Capital,  Arthur & George, This Is England ’90, Foyle’s War, DCI Banks, Silk, The Game, George Gently, Father Brown, Death In Paradise, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kidnap & Ransom, Midsomer Murders, Return to Cranford, The Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Beneath The Skin, The Government Inspector, Waking The Dead, My Uncle Silas, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Other People’s Children, A Respectable Trade, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, A Dance To The Music of Time, Drover’s Gold, Poirot, Fast Girls, Twenty8k, The Other Man, Discovery of Heaven, Pandaemonium, The Scarlet Tunic, The Great Ghost Rescue.

John Lightbody plays Christian Lauterbach

For the Lyric: Three Sisters (Filter); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Filter, Manchester Royal Exchange, Dublin, Australia). Other theatre credits include: Microcosm (Soho Theatre); Each His Own Wilderness (Orange Tree); Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre); Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theatre); Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The English Game (Headlong); Richard III (Southwark Playhouse); Jane Eyre (Shared Experience); Twelfth Night, A Doll’s House (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Taming of the Shrew; Measure for Measure; Richard III (RSC); Beautiful People (Stephen Joseph Theatre); A Christmas Carol, The Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre); As You Like It (National Theatre); The Admirable Crichton (Sheffield Crucible/Chichester Festival Theatre); Mansfield Park (Chichester Festival Theatre and tour); As You Like It, Incarcerater (BAC); Romeo and Juliet (Stray Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer (Northern Stage). Film and television include: Wallander, Agatha Raisin, EastEnders, Father Brown, The Musketeers, DCI Banks, The Mill, The Bletchley Circle, Holby City, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, The Royal, The Bill, The Flood, A Bunch of Amateurs, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Lady of Sorrows, Domestics, The Stick Up and Maybe Baby.

Forbes Masson plays Defence Counsel Biegler

For the Lyric: Dumbstruck (Tron Theatre Production). Other theatre credits includes: Travesties (Apollo/Menier Chocolate Factory);  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath); Dr Faustus (Duke of York’s); Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead/Theatre Royal Haymarket); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/Garsington Opera); The Ruling Class, Richard III, Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios); The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens) Crackers (Belgrade Theatre); Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Ahasverus, Tender Thing, Morte D’ Arthur,The Histories, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Grain Store (RSC); King Lear (Headlong/Young Vic/Liverpool Everyman); ART, The Breathing House, STIFF!, Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Trick is to Keep Breathing, The Real Wurld, Dumbstruck, Cinzano, Laurel and Hardy, Cinderella, Babes in the Wood, Sleeping Beauty (Tron Theatre). Film and television credits: Catastrophe, Shetland, Doctors, Dead Boss, EastEnders, Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, Monarch of the Glen, Hamish Macbeth, Fun at the Funeral Parlour, Supergirly, The High Life, My Dead Dad, Red Dwarf, Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt, Victor and Barry Take the High Road.

Tanya Moodie plays Presiding Judge

For the Lyric: The Prince of Homburg (RSC), The Under Room, Chair, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky. Other theatre credits include: Trouble In Mind (Ustinov); Hamlet (RSC); Joanne (Soho Theatre); King John (Shakespeare’s Globe); The House That Will Not Stand (Olivier Nomination – Tricycle Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Olivier Nomination – Park Theatre); Fences (Duchess); Catch, ACDC, Fewer Emergencies, Incomplete & Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court); The Overwhelming, The Darker Face of Earth, The Oedipus Plays (National Theatre); 66 Books (Bush Theatre); Trade, Peer Gynt, Coriolanus, Measure for Measure (RSC); Lysistrata (Arcola Theatre); A Doll’s House, Medea (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Salisbury Playhouse); The Vagina Monologues (West End/ UK Tour); Anything Goes (Grange Park Opera); The School for Scandal (RSC/ Barbican Theatre); As You Like It (Bristol Old Vic/ West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Piano Lesson (Tricycle Theatre). Film and television credits include: Legacy, Rabbit Fever, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, The Final Passage, Skins, Sherlock, Lewis, The Body Farm, Holby City, The Street, The Clinic, Casualty, Sea Of Souls, Silent Witness, Promoted to Glory, In Deep, Shane, High Stakes, Always & Everyone, The Bill, Dr Willoughby, Maisie Raine, Boyz Unlimited, So Haunt Me and The Man From Auntie.

Shanaya Rafaat plays Franziska Meiser

Theatre credits include: The White Devil (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate/UK tour); Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Stateless (Tristan Bates Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre); King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe/ International tour); Twelfth Night (The Lion and Unicorn Theatre); The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse); The Malcontent (White Bear Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/Roundhouse/International Tour); Judith, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Blackbird 13, Hayavadana (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai); The Maids (National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai). Film and television credits include: EastEnders, Lewis, Silk, Schadenfreude, Complicit and Honeycomb Lodge.

Ashley Zhangazha plays Lars Koch

Theatre credits include: The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree); Human Animals; Belong; Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); A Raisin in the Sun (Sheffield Crucible/Eclipse); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate); Ah Wilderness! (Young Vic); Hamlet (Royal Exchange); Venice Preserv’d (Spectator’s Guild); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company/Noel Coward); Fences (Theatre Royal Bath/Duchess); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); Richard II (Donmar); King Lear (Donmar/BAM, New York); Danton’s Death (National Theatre). Film and television credits include: Victoria, Doctors, Humans and Ordinary Lies.

Full cast includes Emma Fielding, John Lightbody, Forbes Masson, Tanya Moodie, Shanaya Rafaat and Ashley Zhangazha.

Ferdinand von Schirach, Writer

Ferdinand von Schirach is a German lawyer and writer. Theatre includes: Terror (Deutsches Theatre, Berlin/national tour/international venues including Japan, Denmark, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Hungary). Books include: Crime, Guilt and The Collini Case. Short stories and essays include: Carl Tohrberg’s Christmas, The Girl Who Wasn’t There and The Dignity is Violable.

David Tushingham, Translator

David Tushingham is a dramaturg and translator. He has worked extensively as a curator for European festivals including the Wiener Festwochen, the Ruhrtriennale, Theater der Welt and the Salzburg Festival, commissioning or co-commissioning works by artists as diverse as Forced Entertainment, Ivo van Hove, theatre-rites, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU and 1927.

As a dramaturg he has been responsible for such high profile world premieres as Simon Stephens’s Pornography, directed by Sebastian Nübling (Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg/Festival Theaterformen) The Book of Disquiet by Michel van der Aa with Klaus Maria Brandauer (Linz 09) and The Forbidden Zone directed by Katie Mitchell with text by Duncan Macmillan (Salzburg Festival/Schaubühne Berlin) as well as Julian Crouch/Brian Mertes’s new production of Jedermann for the Salzburg Festival in 2013, which is still in the repertoire today.

As a translator, David Tushingham specialises in the work of contemporary German playwrights. His most recent translation of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Winter Solstice (ATC/Orange Tree) was a sell-out hit earlier this year. His other translations include Idomeneus (Gate), The Golden Dragon, Jeff Koons and Arabian Night (ATC), The Woman Before, Mr Kolpert and Waiting Room Germany (Royal Court), Innocence (Arcola), Nordost (Company of Angels), Land Without Words (Edinburgh) and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Southwark Playhouse).  He has also adapted Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories for the National Theatre.

Sean Holmes, Director

Sean is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. For the Lyric: Shopping and F**king, Bugsy Malone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour/Manchester Royal Exchange/Brisbane Festival/Dublin International Festival), Herons, Secret Theatre Shows 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Blasted – winner Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories (also Duke of York’s/Liverpool Playhouse/Panasonic Theatre, Toronto/Arts Theatre), Three Sisters and Comedians. In 2016 Sean directed The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (also Irish/US Tour). Sean was an Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has also worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Tricycle, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

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