Burke, Gale, Warren and Tovey Will Join Atkins and Haig in London's The Sea

News   Burke, Gale, Warren and Tovey Will Join Atkins and Haig in London's The Sea Full casting has been announced for Edward Bond's The Sea, the second production in the Theatre Royal, Haymarket season that is scheduled to begin previews Jan. 17, 2008, and officially open Jan. 23.

In addition to Eileen Atkins and David Haig, the principal cast in Jonathan Kent's production will also feature David Burke (Mary Stuart), Mariah Gale (Vernon God Little), Harry Lloyd (Bash), Russell Tovey (The History Boys) and the Olivier Award-winning Marcia Warren (Once in a Lifetime and Humble Boy).

The cast also includes Sarah Annis, John Branwell, William Chubb, Selina Griffiths, Emma Noakes, Philippa Urquhart and Jem Wall.

The cast is led by Atkins (extensive credits include Honour in the West End and The Unexpected Man on Broadway) and Haig, who opened the Haymarket's ground-breaking season in William Wycherley's restoration play The Country Wife.

Bond's black comedy received its world premiere at the Royal Court in 1973 and starred Ian Holm. Set in an East of England seaside village in 1907, the play focuses on events that changed the residents' lives following a wild storm.

Bond's other plays include Saved, Early Morning, Bingo, The Fool and The Pope's Wedding. The Sea is the second offering in Jonathan Kent's three-production season since the Haymarket, one of the most prestigious theatres in London with a history dating back to 1720, re-launched itself as a production house earlier this year.

With joint artistic director Ian McDiarmid, Kent established the Almeida as one of London's most successful production houses. Previous directorial credits include Medea, with Diana Rigg in the title role, which transferred to the West End and Broadway.

. In May 2008 Kent's final production will be the world premiere of Margeurite by Les Miz creative team Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Starring Ruthie Henshall in the title role, Margeurite will begin performances on May 8 with an official opening night on May 20.

For more on the Theatre Royal Haymarket's season, call (0)870 4000 626.