London's Tricycle Announces Cast for Moonlight and Magnolias

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Casting has been announced for the British premiere of Ron Hutchinson's Hollywood comedy Moonlight and Magnolias, which opens at London's Tricycle Theatre Oct. 1 following previews that begin Sept. 27.

The play focuses on the collaboration between movie mogul David O. Selznick, "script doctor" Ben Hecht and "Wizard of Oz" director Victor Fleming to rewrite the screenplay for "Gone With the Wind."

In Sean Holmes' production Duncan Bell (Philistines, The Life of Galileo, both for the National) plays Hecht; Andy Nyman Picasso at the Lapin Aile and Call in the Night, both for West Yorkshire Playhouse) plays Selznick and Steven Pacey (The Old Masters, Democracy) plays Fleming. Josephine Butler (Going to the Chapel) takes the role of Miss Poppenghul.

In Moonlight and Magnolias, first seen at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2004, legendary Jewish producer David O. Selznick has shut down his production of "Gone With the Wind" to bring together a reluctant Ben Hecht and director Vic Fleming - poached directly from the set of "The Wizard of Oz" - to re-write the script to his epic movie.

Production notes describe the play as "a parody of the inside workings of the film industry and an insightful look at the politics of 1930's Hollywood."

Sean Holmes' work for the National Theatre includes Translations, The Mentalists and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Julius Caesar, Richard III and The Roman Actor. The Tricycle's season also includes the British premiere of Doubt: A Parable, helmed by artistic director Nicolas Kent. Set in 1964 in a Bronx Catholic School, John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the story of a nun who suspects a priest of molesting a student.

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