"EastEnders" Star Alexandrou to Appear in In My Name at London's Trafalgar Studios

News   "EastEnders" Star Alexandrou to Appear in In My Name at London's Trafalgar Studios
James Alexandrou — who starred as Martin Fowler in "EastEnders" for ten years from (age 11-21) — will star in Steven Hevey's In My Name, which is set to open at the West End's Trafalgar Studios July 3 (following previews from July 1) for a run to July 19.

In My Name was previously seen at the fringe Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington.

Described as a visceral and terrifying dark comedy, it is set on the day after London wins the bid for the Olympics – and bombs go off across the capital. Press materials call the play a "bold and funny insight into the consequences of allowing life to pass you by... because no matter how much you bury your head in the sand, the world has a funny way of forcing itself right through your front door."

Alexandrou attended the Anna Scher Theatre in Islington from the age of eight, and arrived on the set of "EastEnders" at 11. At 19, he attended the New York Film Academy to study filmmaking, and at 21 left Albert Square behind. James made his radio drama debut in Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" for BBC Radio 4, with a cast that included Pinter himself, Michael Gambon, Rupert Graves, Samuel West and Gina McKee. He recently made both his stage and Shakespearean debut playing Pistol in Henry V and Orlando in As You Like It.

The cast also includes Ray Panthaki, Kevin Watt and Adeel Akhtar. Panthaki made his film debut in the 1998 Brit-flick "Tube Tales," alongside Bob Hoskins, Jude Law, Ray Winstone and Ewan McGregor. He then played Ali G's nemesis Hassan B in the cult box-office hit "Ali G Indahouse." His other credits include Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" and the Olivier Award-winning play Where Do We Live, directed by Richard Wilson, as well as Gladiator Games at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He has also produced and starred in the controversial hit movie Kidulthood.

Watt has appeared in fringe productions of Trainspotting, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Akhtar tained at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York. He has appeared in the TV dramas "Law and Order" and "Conviction in the US" and "Britz" and Linda La Plante's "Trial and Retribution" in the UK. He also starred in the short film "The Pope's Face," which won the Audience Choice Award at the Millbrook International 3-Minute Film Festival. He recently worked opposite Guy Pearce in the up-coming feature film "Traitor." Playwright Steven Hevey has trained on both the Royal Court and Soho young writer programs. In My Name is his first full-length play. He is currently on attachment to Paines Plough as part of their Future Perfect 2008 scheme, sponsored by Channel 4. His work for Paines Plough so far includes London Belongs to Me, performed at The Globe Theatre and Big, Big Monkey Man, performed by himself at Trafalgar Studios. He is currently writing Pay As You Go, a new full-length play for Paines Plough.

To book tickets contact the box office at 0870 060 6632 or visit www.theambassadors.com/tralalgarstudios.

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