London's Festen Welcomes New Cast Members and Announces Extension

News   London's Festen Welcomes New Cast Members and Announces Extension Carol Royle, Paul Nicholls and William Beck have joined the cast of Festen, the critically lauded production that transferred from London’s Almeida Theatre to the West End’s Lyric.

The show, which had already recast once for the transfer, has extended its run until April 9.

Carol Royle, who plays the perplexed matriarch Else (taking over from Jane Asher, one of the original cast members), is a Royal Shakespeare Company veteran. For the RSC she has played Ophelia, Cressida and the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost. Elsewhere, her work includes the recent London production of See You Next Tuesday at the Albery.

Paul Nicholls takes over Christian, the son with a secret he is determined to share. Nicholls became a UK heartthrob after his role as a troubled teenager in the TV soap opera “Eastenders.” He’s since earned his stage chops with London roles in Vincent in Brixton, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (opposite Jessica Lange) and The Promise.

William Beck, as Christian’s brother Michael, appeared with the National Youth Theatre and the Workhouse Theatre, but his highest-profile work to date has been on screen in such movies as “Snatch” and the TV series “Serious and Organised” and “The Bill.”

Festen is adapted from Thomas Vinterberg’s movie of the same name. Written by David Eldridge, it is produced in the West End by Marla Rubin and Bill Kenwright. The cast also includes Sam Beazley, Sam Cox, Jason Baughan, Andrew Maud, Morven Christie, Stephen Moore, Susannah Wise, Patrick Robinson, Lisa Palfrey, Michael Thomas, Emily Eastell, Clemmie Hooten, Alice Knight and understudies Christopher Birch, Katherine Grice, Daniel Gosling and Valentine Hanson. Rufus Norris directs, Ian MacNeil designs with costumes by Joan Wadge, lighting by Jean Kalman, sound by Paul Arditti and fights by Terry King. For more information, call (0)870 890 1107.