Day and Bremmer Will Join Staunton and Horne in West End Sloane Revival

News   Day and Bremmer Will Join Staunton and Horne in West End Sloane Revival
Simon Paisley Day and Richard Bremmer will join the previously announced Imelda Staunton and Matthew Horne in the new West End production of Joe Orton's classic comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane, which will begin performances at the West End's Trafalgar Studios Jan. 22, 2009, prior to an official opening Jan. 30. The production is scheduled to play through April 11.

Day, who will play Ed, has been seen in Timon of Athens (Globe), The Ugly One (Royal Court), The 39 Steps (Tricycle/West End) and The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse). His television credits include "Midsomer Murders," "Dr. Who," "The Catherine Tate Show" and "The Belsen Redemption."

Bremmer, who will play Dada, was most recently seen in How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found (Sheffield and Southwark Playhouse), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bent (New Ambassadors Theatre) and Great Expectations (RSC). His television credits include "Kingdom," "Miss Marple," "Crusoe" and "Coronation Street."

In the play, Sloane (Horne), a handsome and amoral young man charms his way into the household of the middle-aged and emotionally desperate Kath (Staunton) and her prurient brother Ed (Day). The sibling pair compete for the affections of their new lodger in a game of sexual tug-of-war, which leads to dark secrets, blackmail and murder. The play premiered in 1964, and is recognized as the most autobiographical of Orton's plays.

The production is directed by Nick Bagnal, designed by Peter McKintosh and Colin Richmond, and is a co-production between Michael Edwards and Carole Winter and English Touring Theatre. Kathy Burke is credited as creative consultant.

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Staunton was last seen on the London stage in Frank McGuinness' There Came a Gypsy Riding. Other London stage appearances have earned her two Olivier Awards, first for her roles in A Chorus of Disapproval (at the National) and The Corn in Green (at the Old Vic) in 1985, and as Miss Adelaide in the National's 1996 revival of its production of Guys and Dolls, in which she had been a Hotbox Girl in its original incarnation in 1982. Other productions she has appeared in at the National include Yasmina Reza's Life x3 (subsequently transferring to the Old Vic), The Beggar's Opera and Schweyk in the Second World War. She has also done seasons with the RSC, and appeared at the Donmar Warehouse both in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus (in 1996) and her own solo cabaret (in 1998).

Horne's television credits include the award-winning BBC-TV comedy series "Gavin and Stacey," "The Catherine Tate Show" and "Roman's Empire." His film credits include "Lesbian Vampire Killers," to be released in March 2009. His new sketch show, "Horne and Corden," is co-written with co-star James Corden and directed by Kathy Burke. It will be broadcast on BBC in 2009.

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