Raving: Full casting announced

Posted on 3 September 2013.

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Raving: Full casting announced

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce an outstanding cast for Raving, Simon Paisley Day’s writing debut. Tamzin Outhwaite is joined by Ifan Huw Dafydd, Sarah Hadland, Barnaby Kay, Bel Powley, Issy van Randwyck, Nicholas Rowe and Robert Webb in this comedy of modern parenting and matrimonial tribulations.

Briony and Keith are not finding parenthood easy so their friends, the delightful Ross and Rosy, engineer a relaxing weekend away in Wales: intelligent adult company, good food and drink, complete rest – and absolutely no children.

But they make up the numbers by inviting the unpredictable Charles and Serena. Add an uninvited anarchic adolescent and fanatical farmer and Briony and Keith’s idyllic weekend erupts into total chaos …

This is Simon Paisley Day’s first play. He is well known as an actor, having recently been in The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Private Lives (Music Box Theatre, New York), Twelfth Night (National Theatre) and Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre). He is also frequently on television, appearances including Da Vinci’s Demons, Titanic, Doc Martin and Sherlock. Films include King Of Soho, Eagle Of The Ninth, Unfamiliar and Flawless.

Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall directs, following the sell-out hit Chariots of Fire last year (Hampstead and West End). Other credits include No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment (all Hampstead Theatre) and as Artistic Director of Propeller Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, A Winter’s Tale and Henry V.

Ifan Huw Dafydd has worked extensively with Clwyd Theatr Cymru, appearing in Arden of Faversham, Blackthorn, Festen, Memory, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and many others. Film includes Martha, Jac A Sianco (BAFTA Best Actor 2009), Abraham’s Point and Daddy’s Girl. His many TV roles include in Borgia, Stella (Series 1&2), Alys, and Gavin And Stacey.

Sarah Hadland is well known on TV, having previously worked with Robert Webb on three Mitchell and Webb series, and in Burton And Taylor, The Job Lot, all three series of Miranda and two series of Waterloo Road. Stage appearances include Canvas (Chichester Festival Theatre), Decor Without Production (Royal Court) and The Vegemite Tales (Riverside Studios). Films include Royal Wedding, Leapyear and Quantum Of Solace.

Barnaby Kay’s stage appearances include Danton’s Death (National), The Real Thing (Old Vic), A Streetcar Named Desire (Donmar Warehouse) and War And Peace (Shared Experience). On TV he has appeared in several episodes of Holby City and Midsomer Murders, Wallander, and What To Do When Someone Dies. Films include Aka: Albert Walker, Conspiracy and Eisenstein.

Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders and Red Cap) returns to Hampstead following the critically acclaimed Di And Viv And Rose in the spring. Other theatre credits include Sweet Charity and Boeing Boeing (both West End).

Bel Powley was recently seen in the West End in Jumpy (Royal Court/Duke of York’s). Previous stage roles were in Arcadia (Ethel Barrymore Theatre Broadway) and Tusk Tusk (Royal Court). Television appearances include Benidorm, Murderland, Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special and Little Dorrit. Film work includes Side By Side and The Cabin.

Issy van Randwyck’s many stage appearances include in The American Clock (Finborough Theatre), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), Marilyn Monroe in Becoming Marilyn (Riverside Studios/Assembly Rooms), Arcadia, The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Small Family Business and Song of Singapore (Chichester), A Little Night Music and Once in a Lifetime (National). Television includes Downton Abbey, Christopher & His Kind, Spooks, Kingdom and Trial And Retribution.

Nicholas Rowe’s previous stage appearances include The Madness Of George III (Bath Theatre Royal & Tour), Nation (National Theatre), Victory (Arcola), and Whipping It Up (Bush/West End). He has acted in many TV productions including Da Vinci’s Demons, Midsomer Murders, Borgias , Kingdom, Hotel Babylon and Beau Brummel. His film work includes Delicious, The Duel and Crying Shame.

Robert Webb is best known for his comedy work as writer and actor, including eight series of Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Fresh Meat and Threesome. His stage appearances include Mitchell and Webb productions and Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig. Films include The Wedding Video, Magicians and Confetti. He has written and performed extensively for BBC Radio.

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