Irish Rep's Off-Broadway revival of London Assurance, the high-spirited farce that went on to launch the career of playwright Dion Boucicault in 1841, opened December 15 after beginning performances December 6. The Charlotte Moore–helmed production is led by Colin McPhillamy (The Seafarer), who plays Sir Harcourt Courtley.
Rounding out the cast are Rachel Pickup (The Roads to Home) as Lady Gay Spanker, Caroline Strang (Tiny Beautiful Things) as Grace Harkaway, Ian Holcomb (It’s a Wonderful Life) as Young Charles Courtly, Craig Wesley Divino (The Oregon Trail) as Dazzle, Meg Hennessy (The Shadow of a Gunman) as Pert, Elliot Joseph (The Conjuring 2) as Cool, Brian Keane (House of Cards) as Max Harkaway, Evan Zes (Incident at Vichy) as Mark Meddle, and Robert Zukerman (If I Forget) as Adolphus Spanker.
In London Assurance, the vain and lustful Sir Harcourt Courtley travels to Oak Hall to meet his bride-to-be, Grace Harkaway, whose hand comes with £15,000 a year. But when the beautiful and vibrant Lady Gay Spanker joins the party, Sir Harcourt becomes too enamored with her to notice that Grace is falling in love with his young son Charles, who has arrived in disguise, pursued by his creditors.
The play, which premiered in London, announced the arrival of the 20-year-old Boucicault, an Irish actor and playwright known for his melodramas and sensation dramas including The Octoroon.
Performances are scheduled through January 26, 2020.