The play, which explores themes of class, power, privilege and the influence of "old money," is set in an elite student dining society at Oxford. In an oak-panelled room, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. The boys bunker down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn't the last huzzah: they’re planning a takeover.
The cast comprises Leo Bill, Fiona Button, Jolyon Coy, David Dawson, Richard Goulding, Harry Hadden-Paton, Kit Harington, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Charlotte Lucas, Joshua Mcguire, Tom Mison, James Norton, Daniel Ryan and Simon Shepherd. It is directed by Lyndsey Turner and designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Paule Constable and sound by David McSeveney.
Bill's TV credits include the BBC adaptation of "Crime and Punishment," "Attachments 2," "Spooks 2" and the BBC's modern re-telling of "The Canterbury Tales." Film credits include Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," "Vera Drake," "The Living and the Dead" (winning the Best Actor Award at the Fantastic Fest), Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Me and Orson Welles." Stage credits include Beautiful Thing (Sound Theatre) and The Reporter, The Observer and Pains of Youth (all National Theatre).
Button has appeared on stage in Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll (Royal Court and West End), Vanya (Gate Theatre), Madame de Sade (Donmar West End at Wyndham's) and Hay Fever at Manchester's Royal Echange. TV credits include "Lip Service," "The Omid Djalili Show," "The Palace," "The Bill" and "Midsomer Murders."
Coy has previously appeared at the Royal Court in Before the Flood and at the National Theatre in All's Well That Ends Well. TV credits include "Doctors," "The Friday Night Club," "Casualty," "The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury" and "My Hero." Dawson's theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet at the RSC, The Entertainer and Richard II (both at the Old Vic), and Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End/UK tour/Toronto). TV credits include "Gracie Fields," "The Thick of It," "The Secret Diary of a Callgirl" and "Essex Girls."
Harrington was seen in War Horse at the National and West End, and on TV in "Game of Thrones."
Lloyd-Hughes has appeared in Rope at the Almeida, Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith, and Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and The Miracle at the National. TV credits include "The Inbetweeners," "In Search of Pete Doherty" and "Not Safe For Work," and on film as Roger Davies in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Lucas has been seen on the London stage in Fast Labour at Hampstead Theatre, World's End at Trafalgar Stuidios, and Called to Account, Darfur: How Long is Never and Fabulation (all at the Tricycle). TV credits include "Casualty," "Doctors," "Midsomer Murders," "The Bill," "Judge John Deed" and "Holby City."
Maguire is in his final year at RADA. His credits include King John at the RSC.
Mison's theatre credits include When The Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida, Hedda Gabler at the Gate and Hamlet at the Old Vic. TV credits include "Lewis," "Poirot," "Lost in Austen" and "Belle de Jour."
Haddon-Paton's stage credits include The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Bath, tour and West End). TV credits include "Waking the Dead," "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" and "Hotel Babylon."
Norton's theatre credits include Cymbeline (at the Cambridge Arts Theatre) and various Edinburgh fringe appearances. Film includes "An Education" and "Kapital."
Ryan's theatre credits include Gethsemane at the National Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC, Fallout at the Royal Court and Mammals at the Bush Theatre. TV credits include "Paradox," "Midsomer Murders," "The Devil’s Whore," "Survivors," "Sunshine" and "Doctor Who."
Shepherd's theatre credits include productions of Pack of Lies, Born in the Gardens, Our Man in Havana, The Rocky Horror Show, Ghosts, The Seagull, Art, The Play What I Wrote, The Secret Rapture, Betrayal, Duchess of Malfi, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, Bent, Anatol, Tale of two Cities, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Entertaining Mr. Sloane. On television, his credits include "Heartbeat," "The Invisibles," "Poirot," "Peak Practice" and "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme."
Director Turner has previously directed Contractions, A Miracle, Chronic and Ignition at the Royal Court. Other credits include work at the Gate, Arcola, Theatre 503 and LAMDA.
Playwright Wade is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. Her first play for the Royal Court, Breathing Corpses, played in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2005 and won her the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Pearson Playwrights Best Play Award, the George Devine Award and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. She also worked on a collaborative project, Catch, for the Royal Court in 2006, with a group of female contemporaries. Her other plays include Other Hands and Colder Than Here at Soho Theatre.
Wade and Lyndsey Turner will also collaborate on a new adaptation of Alice at Sheffield Theatres in June this year.
Posh is booking through May 22. To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7565 5000, or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.