Drew, Lincoln and Jones Cast in Almeida Premiere of Parlour Song

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Amanda Drew, Andrew Lincoln and Toby Jones have been cast in the European premiere of Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song, which begins performances March 19, 2009, prior to an official opening March 26 at London's Almeida Theatre.

The production is currently scheduled to play through May 9.

Ian Rickson, currently represented on Broadway by the transfer of his Royal Court production of The Seagull, will direct; he has previously directed the premieres of Butterworth's The Winterling, The Night Heron and Mojo at the Royal Court, where he was artistic director from 1998 to 2007. Parlour Song premiered, in a different production, at New York's Atlantic Theatre Company earlier this year.

Parlour Song is described in press materials as a comedy "that explores what happens when two ordinary people discover they hate who they have become, in a world where all is not what is seems." It revolves around married couple Ned (Jones) and Joy (Drew); he is a demolition expert, she is a housewife. They live in a house that adjoins neighbour Dale (Lincoln) and seventy eight other houses just like theirs. Occasionally they enjoy a game of scrabble. But Ned has a recurring dream and a recurring problem; things keep disappearing.

Drew was last seen at the Almeida in Michael Attenborough's production of Gorky's Enemies as well as the Almeida's 2008 A Chain Play. Her other theatre work includes Faces in the Crowd for the Royal Court Theatre, Otherwise Engaged at the Criterion Theatre, Blithe Spirit at the Savoy Theatre, Madame Bovary: Breakfast with Emma for Shared Experience as well as many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On television she is best known for playing Dr. May Wright in "EastEnders." Her other television credits include "Men Behaving Badly," "Tough Love," "Between the Lines” and "The Maitlands." Her film credits include "Mrs. Dalloway" and "This Year's Love."

Jones was previously at the Almeida in Jonathan Miller's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. His other theatre credits include The Dumb Waiter for the Oxford Playhouse, Measure for Measure for the National Theatre and his Olivier Award-winning performance as Arthur in The Play What I Wrote, both in the West End and on Broadway. His more recent film roles include Karl Rove in "W," Truman Capote in "Infamous" and Swifty Lazar in "Frost/Nixon." In January 2009 Toby Jones can be seen at the National Theatre in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Lincoln made his Almeida debut playing Ray Moss in Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss directed by Michael Attenborough. His theatre work includes Free and Blue/Orange for the National Theatre, Hushabye Mountain for Hampstead Theatre and Sugar, Sugar for the Bush. His many television credits include "Afterlife," "Wuthering Heights," "Whose Baby," "Saving Grace” and "Bramwell," "This Life" and "Teachers. His film work includes "Scenes of a Sexual Nature," "Enduring Love," "Love Actually," "Gangster No 1" and "Human Traffic."

To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7359 4404 or visit www.almeida.co.uk.

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