Casting is complete for the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game, which will play a limited engagement September 13–29 at Chapel off Chapel.
The principal cast will be headed by Stephen Mahy as John and Stephanie Wall as Mary with Nicola Bowman, Des Flanagan, Nigel Huckle, David Meadows, Ellie Nunan, Samuel Skuthorp, and Sam Ward.
The ensemble will feature Finn Alexander, Robbie Breugelmans, Rebecca Cullinan, Liam Dodds, Emma Drysdale, Jake Gardner, Mikey Halcrow, Lachlan Hamill, Quin Kelly, Sophie Loughran, Jessica Mills, Fletcher O'Leary, Bronson Pfeiler, Matthew Prime, and Caitlin Spears.
Karen Jemison will direct with musical direction by Daniele Buatti, who will conduct an orchestra of nine. The production will also have choreography by Sue-Ellen Shook, lighting design by Jason Bovaird, and sound design by Marcello Lo Ricco.
Set in Northern Ireland in the troubled 1970s, The Beautiful Game centers on a local football (soccer) team, who attempt to overcome the emerging political and religious violence that has engulfed their community. Within this are John and Mary who fall in love, but find themselves caught in the middle of a “war” that neither of them wants.
According to producer-director Jemison, “What drew me to this show is the powerful story. What these characters go through as teenagers is both shocking and heart breaking and because the show plays out against the real struggles of Northern Ireland at that time, it makes the story even more poignant.”
For ticket information visit chapeloffchapel.com.au.