Full Casting Announced for Premiere of Rory Kinnear's Debut Play The Herd at London's Bush Theatre

News   Full Casting Announced for Premiere of Rory Kinnear's Debut Play The Herd at London's Bush Theatre
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of The Herd, actor-turned-playwright Rory Kinnear's debut play, which begins performances at London's Bush Theatre Sept. 13 prior to an official opening Sept. 18 for a run through Oct. 26.

Howard Davies will direct a cast that comprises Adrian Bower, Louise Brealey, Anna Calder Marshall, Kenneth Cranham, Adrian Rawlins and Amanda Root.

Cranham has previously appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre transfer of An Inspector Calls in 1994, reprising the role of Inspector Goole that he first played at the National in Stephen Daldry's production. He has also been seen on Broadway in a 1968 production of Joe Orton's Loot.

Root was Tony-nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performances in The Norman Conquests trilogy of Living Together, Round and Round the Garden and Table Manners that transferred from London's Old Vic to Broadway's Circle in the Square in 2009.

In the play, "it's Andy Griffith's 21st Birthday. Not that he's counting. But his mother Carol (played by Root) is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that this has happened before." Accoring to press materials, The Herd is a "witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined."

Kinnear is currently playing Iago opposite Adrian Lester's Othello at the National Theatre. Kinnear is an NT regular, where he has appeared in the title role of Hamlet, as Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode (for which he won an Olivier Award and Ian Charleson Award), as Mitia in Burnt by the Sun, and leading roles in The Revenger's Tragedy and Philistines. He has also appeared for the RSC, Almeida and Donmar Warehouse. Film roles include "Skyfall" and "Broken," winning the Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for the latter. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8743 5050 or visit www.bushtheatre.co.uk for more details.

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