Spall to Star in Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet at London's Bush Theatre

News   Spall to Star in Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet at London's Bush Theatre
 
Rafe Spall – the actor son of Timothy Spall – will appear in the Bush Theatre's production of Nick Payne's debut play, If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet, which begins performances there Oct. 17 (prior to an official opening Oct. 22), for a run through Nov. 21.

Spall will be joined by Michael Begley, Pandora Colin and Ailish O'Connor in Josie Rourke's production, which is designed by Lucy Osborne, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Emma Laxton.

Payne won the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for the play. According to press materials, "surviving school as a fat kid is tough enough. When your Mum’s a teacher, it’s hell. What’s more, Anna’s Dad is obsessed with saving the world and her maverick uncle Terry is dossing on the couch. When Anna hits back at the bullies, she finds herself suspended from school and stuck at home with hapless Terry trying to save her. But Terry needs saving himself, and as the bond between the two deepens, Anna finds herself swept up in a friendship she can't live without."

Spall has previously appeared onstage in Alaska (Royal Court), John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), The Knight of the Burning (Young Vic) and Prayer for Owen Meany (Royal National Theatre). His TV credits include "Desperate Romantics" (BBC) and "He Kills Coppers" (ITV), and his film credits include "Hot Fuzz" (Universal Pictures), "Kidulthood" (Revolver Entertainment) and "Shaun of the Dead" (Universal Pictures).

Begley was last seen on stage in The Arsonists and Rhinoceros at the Royal Court Theatre, and he also appears as a regular character in BBC TV’s "Doctors." Colin is a TV regular appearing in "Doctors" and "Hotel Babylon." O'Connor's previous credits include What’s Wrong With Angry (St. Andrews Theatre) and Our Time (Leatherhead Theatre).

Josie Rourke is artistic director of the Bush Theatre, where she has previously directed Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia, Ian McHugh’s How to Curse, Lucy Kirkwood’s Tinderbox and Anthony Weigh’s 2000 Feet Away. She has also directed as a freelancer for the Chicago Shakespeare Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and the Donmar Warehouse. To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 8743 5050 or visit www.bushtheatre.co.uk.

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