Full Casting Announced for Arnold Wesker's Roots at London's Donmar Warehouse

News   Full Casting Announced for Arnold Wesker's Roots at London's Donmar Warehouse
Full casting has been announced for the new production of Arnold Wesker's Roots that begins performances at London's Donmar Warehouse Oct. 3 prior to an official opening Oct. 8, for a run through Nov. 30.

James Macdonald will direct a cast led by Jessica Raine as Beatie Bryant in this portrait of a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change; Linda Bassett will play her mother. Also in the cast are David Burke, Lisa Ellis, Ian Gelder, Nic Jackman, Michael Jibson, Carl Prekopp and Emma Stansfield.

The play is part of the playwright's celebrated post-war Wesker trilogy that also comprises Chicken Soup with Barley and I'm Talking About Jerusalem. The play is set in 1958. Beatie Bryant (Raine) has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, her head is swimming with new ideas — ideas of a bolder, freer world which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

Raine is perhaps best known for playing the lead role in the BBC drama "Call the Midwife." Other screen roles include "The Woman in Black," "Doctor Who," "An Adventure in Space and Time" and "Garrow's Law." Theatre credits include The Changeling (Young Vic), Rocket to the Moon, Earthquakes in London, Gethsemane and Harper Regan (all National Theatre), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith) and Ghosts (West End).

Bassett, who has previously performed at the Donmar in Phaedra, was last seen on the London stage in Alan Bennett's People at the National. As well as regular appearances at the National, she has also appeared at the Royal Court, RSC and Hampstead Theatres. Film credits include "East is East" (which she also originated on stage at the Royal Court), "The Reader," "Calendar Girls," "The Hours" and "Effie." TV credits include "The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby," "Lark Rise to Candleford" and "Grandma's House."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7624, or visit www.donmarwarehouse.com for more details.

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