London's Royal Court Premiere of Ingredient X to Star Lance, Sharp and Varma

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The world premiere of Nick Grosso's Ingredient X, beginning performances at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs May 20 in London prior to an official opening May 26, will star James Lance, Lesley Sharp and Indira Varma.

Running through June 19, the play is described as a tough new comedy about addiction. It is directed by Deborah Bruce, designed by Ben Stones, with lighting by Matt Drury and sound by David McSeveney.

Lance plays Frank, a recovering alcoholic. His theatre credits include Henry IV at the Donmar and has worked extensively at the Bush Theatre. On television, his credits include "Boy Meets Girl," "I'm Alan Partridge," "Saxondale" and "Teachers."

Sharp plays Rosanna, Frank's next-door neighbor and X factor addict. She was most recently seen in the West End playing Mrs. Alving in Ghosts opposite Iain Glen as Pastor Manders, and before that as the mother in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Other recent theatre credits include the title role in Harper Regan, as well as productions of Mother Courage and Uncle Vanya at the National Theatre and Sam Shepard's God of Hell at the Donmar Warehouse. At the Royal Court, she appeared in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Our Country's Good and The Recruiting Officer. Her TV credits include "Bob and Rose," "Red Riding," "Moving On: The Butterfly Effect" and "The Diary of Anne Frank" and on film, she appeared in "Vera Drake," "The Full Monty" and "Inkheart."

Varma plays Frank's wife Katie. Theatre credits include the British premiere of David Hare's The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court, and Twelfth Night and The Vortex (both at the Donmar Warehouse). On television she is soon to appear in "Luther" alongside Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson, a new crime thriller on the BBC later this year. Her other credits include "Hustle," "Torchwood"and the HBO series of "Rome."

Playwright Grosso came through the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme and his monologue Mama Don't (1993) was produced by the Royal Court and staged at the Commonwealth Institute. His subsequent plays at the Royal Court include his debut Peaches (later made into a film), Sweetheart, Real Classy Affair and Kosher Harry. Director Bruce's credits include Scarborough and Made of Stone at the Royal Court, Blame at the Arcola, My Own Show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and The Unexpected Man and In Praise of Love at the Theatre Royal Bath.

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