Ring Round the Moon, with Field, Opens at London's Playhouse Feb. 19

News   Ring Round the Moon, with Field, Opens at London's Playhouse Feb. 19
A new West End production of Jean Anouilh's 1947 French comedy Ring Round the Moon opens Feb. 19 at the West End's Playhouse Theatre, where it has been previewing since Feb. 5.

Directed by Sean Mathias (who has previously been represented in London by his National Theatre productions of Les Parent Terribles, which subsequently transferred to Broadway as Indiscretions; Bent; A Little Night Music; and Uncle Vanya, as well as West End productions of Marlene and Dance of Death, subsequently both seen on Broadway), the production stars JJ Feild, Belinda Lang, Leigh Lawson, Angela Thorne, Fiona Button and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh.

Set at a glamorous society dance in 1950's France, the play revolves around a pair of identical twins (both played by Field), who could not be more different, and the romances they respectively pursue.

Feild makes his West End debut in the play. He most recently appeared as Henry Tilney in ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" and has three films set for release in 2008 – "O Jerusalem" with Ian Holm, "Goal 3" and Nick Moran's "Telstar" with Kevin Spacey and Pam Ferris.

Lang was last seen in the West End in Hay Fever opposite Judi Dench. Other theatre credits include What the Butler Saw, Private Lives, Dead Funny, Life X 3, The Secret Rapture and Alan Ayckbourn's The Things We Do for Love. She recently portrayed Christine Hamilton for the BBC's "Justice in Wonderland" and is well known for her starring roles in the series "2 Point 4 Children," "Second Thoughts" and "Dear John."

Lawson was most recently seen on stage as Ralph Nickleby in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Nicholas Nickleby. Other West End credits include Art and Old Times, and his film credits include "Silence Becomes You," "Casanova" and "Tess." Thorne is well known for TV roles in "To the Manor Born," "Foyle's War," "Three Up Two Down" and "Anyone for Dennis." Her theatre roles have included The Reporter, Quartet and Anyone for Dennis.

Walsh was recently seen in Jonathan Kent's production of The Country Wife at the Haymarket. Other credits include The Alchemist and The Life of Galileo at the National Theatre and the role of Mrs. de Winter in the recent tour of Rebecca.

Button was last seen in Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Duke of York's Theatre.

Also in the cast are Emily Bruni, Joanna David, Andrew Havill and John Ramm.

Ring Round the Moon is now running at the Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue; for tickets call the box office at 0870 060 6631.

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