Tom Watt Joins Cast for West End Transfer of de Vega's Madness in Valencia

News   Tom Watt Joins Cast for West End Transfer of de Vega's Madness in Valencia Former EastEnders star Tom Watt is to join the company for the West End transfer of a fringe revival of Lope de Vega's Madness in Valencia that begins performances at Trafalgar Studios 2 Feb. 9, prior to an official opening Feb. 11. It will run through March 6.

The production was first seen at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington in August 2009, in a version translated by David Johnston and directed by Simon Evans.

Described in press materials as a comedy of love and insanity, the Spanish classic follows what happens when two sane people are mistakenly incarcerated in a lunatic asylum. In the midst of the madness, they fall in love. It was last staged in the U.K. in 2001, when Jonathan Munby directed it for the RSC.

Playwright de Vega, who lived from 1562 to 1635, is one of the most prolific writers in Spain's literary history. He is said to have written around 2,000 plays of which around 500 have survived, including The Dog in the Manger, Fuente Ovejuna, The Foolish Lady and The Sheep Well.

Watt, who newly joins the company to play Sancho, previously starred in TV's EastEnders from 1985-88 as Lofty Holloway, and has also appeared in "South of the Border," "And The Nightingale Sang," "Boon" and "Patriot Games." Onstage, he has appeared in Fever Pitch. As a sports commentator, he has presented for Channel 4, Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT and BBC London Radio.

The company also includes Kathryn Beaumont (Erifila), William Belchambers (Floriano), James Canvin (Martin), Jonathan Christie (Valerio), Andrew David (Prince Reinero), David Frias-Robles (Leonato/Liberto), Laurence Fuller (Pisano), Alicia Grace Turrell (Fedra), David Wade (Thomas) and Elizabeth Webster (Laida). The production is produced by Black and White Rainbow, a company that director Evans founded in 2008. Other productions include The Bacchae/Dracula/The New Magic Show (Edinburgh Fringe, 2007) Pause to Wonder (Hen and Chickens, 2008) and The Misanthrope (The White Bear Theatre, 2009). The production is designed by Kate Matthews, with lighting by Tom White and sound by Jonas Roebuck.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7632, or visit www.madnessinvalencia.com for more details.

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