Full Casting Announced for New U.K. Tour of David Hare's The Absence of War

News   Full Casting Announced for New U.K. Tour of David Hare's The Absence of War
Full casting has been announced for the new U.K. touring production of David Hare's 1993 play The Absence of War, that is being jointly produced by Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston and Sheffield Theatres. The production begins performances at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre Feb. 6, 2015, prior to an official opening Feb. 11, for a run through Feb. 21, prior to a U.K. tour.

The tour will visit Norwich, Watford, Bristol, Cheltenham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Oxford, Kingston, Cambridge and Bath. 

Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin will direct a cast that features the previously announced Reece Dinsdale, joined by Theo Cowan, Amiera Darwish, Don Gallagher, James Harkness, Charlotte Lucas, Barry McCarthy, Maggie McCarthy, Cyril Nri, Ekow Quartey, Helen Ryan and Gyuri Sarossy.

According to press materials, the play is a prophetic and incisive study of an epic personal struggle set against the high-pressured hysteria of the 1992 General Election. Linsdale plays George Jones, the heavy-smoking, Shakespeare-loving Labour leader who needs to get out of opposition and into 10 Downing Street. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he's their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the Palace of Westminster? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister's Questions?

For full tour dates and to book tickets, visit headlong.co.uk/work/absence-war/venues/

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