Further Casting Announced for Electra with Kristin Scott Thomas at London's Old Vic

By Mark Shenton
24 Jun 2014

Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas

Further casting has been announced for the new production of Sophocles' Electra that will begin performances at London's Old Vic Theatre Sept. 22 prior to an official opening Oct. 1, for a run through Dec. 20. Joining the previously announced Kristin Scott Thomas are Amanda Drew, Jack Lowden and Diana Quick, with Peter Wight, Golda Rosheuvel and Thalissa Teixeira also in the cast.

Presented in a version by Frank McGuinness, the play will be directed by Ian Rickson, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Neil Austin, music by PJ Harvey, sound by Simon Baker and movement by Maxine Doyle. It is presented by the Old Vic and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Thomas, who plays the title role, gained international recognition in the 1990s for her roles in "Bitter Moon," "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (for which she won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role) and "The English Patient" (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress). Subsequent films include "Gosford Park," "Mission: Impossible," "The Horse Whisperer," "Keeping Mum," "Nowhere Boy," "Easy Virtue," "Ne le dis à person (Tell No One), "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long)," "Partir (Leaving)," "Sarah's Key" and "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen." Her stage credits include The Seagull (Royal Court and Broadway), Pinter's Betrayal (West End) and Pinter's Old Times (West End), all of them directed by Rickson.

Amanda Drew, who plays Chrysothemis, has appeared on TV as Dr May in "EastEnders" and as Cate in "Broadchurch." Stage credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Olivia in Twelfth Night and John Gabriel Borkman (all at the National), Eastwood Ho!, The Malcontent, The Roman Actor, Jubilee and Love in a Wood (all for the RSC) and Love and Information, Enron, The Stone, Faces in the Crowd and The Ugly One (all at the Royal Court).



Lowden, who plays Orestes, recently received both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his latest role as Oswald in Richard Eyre’s production of Ghosts at The Almeida and Trafalgar Studios. He has also starred as Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire at the Hampstead Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre and Blackwatch the Barbican and on tour in America. In 2015 he will appear as the poet Thomas Wyatt in the BBC television adaptation of Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall," as well as starring in the World War I BBC drama series "The Passing Bells" and upcoming film "Pan" with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried.

Quick, who plays Clytemnestra, has starred on TV as Lady Julia Flyte in "Brideshead Revisited," Stage credits include Mother Teresa Is Dead, The Old Neighbourhood, The Sea and King Lear for the Royal Court, Hamlet, The Changeling and The Women Pirates for the RSC, A Map of the World, Troilus and Cressida, Tamburlaine, Plunder and Phaedra Brittanica for the National and You Never Can Tell at the Garrick.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit oldvictheatre.com for more details.