Alan Bennett's People to Reopen U.K.'s Birmingham Repertory Theatre Prior to Tour

News   Alan Bennett's People to Reopen U.K.'s Birmingham Repertory Theatre Prior to Tour
Alan Bennett's People, which premiered at the National's Lyttelton Theatre in October 2012, is to begin performances at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre Sept. 3, prior to an official opening Sept. 6 for a run through Sept. 21.

It will mark the theatre's re-opening following a two-and-a-half year closure for refurbishment; the production will then embark on a U.K. tour to Leicester, Norwich, Salford, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Leeds and Plymouth.

The cast for the tour includes Siân Phillips and Brigit Forsyth, who join original cast member Selina Cadell plus Paul Moriarty, Michael Thomas and Simon Bubb in Nicholas Hytner’s production.

The original production of People reunited Bennett with director Nicholas Hytner, who had also directed The Wind in the Willows, The Madness of George III, The History Boys and The Habit of Art at the National, as well as Cocktail Sticks, half of the double-bill with Hymn that transferred to the West End's Duchess Theatre as Untold Stories earlier this year.

Phillips, who plays Dorothy (originally played by Frances de la Tour at the National), has recently been seen on stage in This is My Famil (at Sheffield's Crucible Studio), as Juliet in Juliet and her Romeo (Bristol Old Vic), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway) and Calendar Girls (West End/tour). Her best-known screen work includes a BAFTA-winning role in "I, Claudius" (BBC TV), as well as "Goodbye Mr. Chips," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "Dune." She has also appeared on Broadway in Marlene, for which she was nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and An Inspector Calls.

Forsyth was recently seen in The Calendar Girls on tour and in the West End. TV appearances include "Hollyoaks," "EastEnders," "Mount Pleasant," "Doctors," "Midsomer Murders," "Waterloo Road," "Jinx," "Heartbeat," "Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads" (two series) and "Poirot." Cadell’s work in theatre includes The Habit of Art at the National and on tour and The Cherry Orchard in London and New York. Television appearances include the title role in "The Lady Vanishes," "Father Brown" and "Upstairs Downstairs."  Films include "Mrs. Dalloway," "The Madness of King George" and "Not Quite Jerusalem."

Joining Hytner on the creative team are Drew Mulligan (revival director), Bob Crowley (design), James Farncombe (lighting design), Rich Walsh (sound design), Jon Driscoll (short film) and Jonathan Watkins (movement director).

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