The Glass Supper: Full cast announced

Posted on 3 June 2014.

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The Glass Supper: Full cast announced

Moya Productions and tackroom theatre are delighted to announce the full cast for The Glass Supper, with Michael Feast, Michael Begley, Alex Lawther and Owen Sharpe joining Michelle Collins at Hampstead Downstairs.

Written by BAFTA-nominee Martyn Hesford the play’s five-week run begins at Hampstead Downstairs, Hampstead Theatre’s intimate 90-seat studio, on Monday 30th June, with previews from Wednesday 25th June and running until Saturday 26th July.

Marcus and Colin have escaped the madness of London to live in the peaceful countryside. But will this new idyllic reality soon be shattered when Steven, his beautiful young boyfriend, Jamie, and the enigmatic Wendy arrive unexpectedly for supper. The Glass Supper is a blistering, poetic, comic new drama about the search for love and sex in the modern world, a searing comedy from the writer and team behind Mrs Lowry and Son, a critically acclaimed hit at the Trafalgar Studios last November (★★★★ and Critics’ Choice in The Times, The Telegraph and Time Out).

MICHAEL FEAST is an acclaimed actor of both stage and screen. His theatre word includes: For The Royal National Theatre: Ted in The Mentalists, Genady in The Forest, Ariel in The Tempest, Foster in No Manʼs Land, Bobby in American Buffalo, Mayhew in Dispatches, Raymond in Watch It Come Down.

For The Royal Shakespeare Co: Faust in Faust 1 & 2, The Duke in Measure For Measure, and Becket in Murder In The Cathedral.

For The Royal Court Theatre: Card Player in Prairie De Chien, John in The Shawl, Joe Conran in Ourselves Alone, The Witch in Elizabeth 1st.

For The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester: Subtle in The Alchemist, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Roland Maule in Present Laughter. Henry Antrobus in Skin Of Our Teeth, Telyeghin in Uncle Vanya, Nick in What The Butler Saw.

In the West End; Anthony Kersley QC in The Accused. (Haymarket), Renfield in The Passion Of Dracula (Queenʼs ) and Woof in The Original Cast Of Hair (Shaftesbury).

Also Barratt in The Servant (Lyric, Hammersmith), Narrator in Prokofievʼs Romeo And Juliet (The Barbican), Fitzroy in After Darwin and Harold in Clever Soldiers (Hampstead Theatre Club), Verkhovensky in The Possessed (Almeida), Ivanov in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Royal Festival Hall), Dorn in The Seagull (Chichester Festival Theatre).

TV includes: The Steven Lawrence Case, Midsomer Murders, Touching Evil 1, 2, & 3, Kavanagh QC, Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery, Underbelly, Resnick, Clarissa, Shadow Of The Noose, Studio, Nightwatch, Blind Jusice, Fields Of Gold, State Of Play, Boudicca, and Christopher Wren in Peter Ackroydʼs London.

Films include: Long Time Dead, Young Blades, Sleepy Hollow, Velvet Goldmine, Prometheus, The Tribe, The Fool, Mcvicar, The Draughtsmanʼs Contract, Brother Sun Sister Moon.

MICHAEL BEGLEY is a British television, film and theatre actor. His theatre includes: Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic); If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet (Bush Theatre); The Censor (Young Vic reading); Rhinoceros and The Arsonists (Royal Court Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Adam Geist and Mad For It (Manchester Royal Exchange); Pravda (Chichester/Birmingham Rep); Martha Loves Michael (Ruffian/Pleasance); The Norman Conquests (Birmingham Rep); Death of a Salesman (Library Theatre, Manchester); Deep Blue Sea (Nottingham Playhouse); One Day in October (Riverside Studios); Hunting Scenes From Lower Bavaria (The Gate), Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios).

He also won Best Newcomer at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for his roles in The Tempest, Wildest Dreams and Life of Galileo (Contact Theatre and Library Theatre, Manchester) and was nominated in the TMA Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Hobson’s Choice (Birmingham Rep/Touring Consortium/Theatre Royal Plymouth).

His TV and film include: Foyle’s War, Bob & Rose; William and Mary; City Central; EastEnders; Switch; Being Human; Doctor Who; The Children; Silent Witness; Switch; Miss Marple: By The Pricking of My Thumbs, Wire in the Blood, In Deep, McLibel!, This Life and Hilsborough, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and the short film Dog.

Michael is also a writer and has written ten episodes of EastEnders and three stage plays: Martha Loves Michael, The London Gandhi and The Guys.

ALEX LAWTHER is a young rising star of British theatre and film. He made his stage debut at age 17 last year in David Hare’s play South Downs, at the Chichester Festival Theatre, before transferring with it to the Harold Pinter Theatre. Critics hailed his performance and he was nominated as London Newcomer of the Year at the What’s On Stage Awards in 2013.

Other theatre includes: Ryan in Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre) and Wilson in Oppenheimer (workshop for RSC).

Film includes: Benjamin Britten in Benjamin Britten: Peace & Conflict, Isaac in X+Y and Young Alan Turing in the upcoming The Imitation Game.

Radio includes: Roland in The Cazalets (BBC Radio 4) and Charlie in Rock Me Amadeus (BBC Radio 4).

Alex has been named one of ‘London’s Top 25 under-25s’ by the London Evening Standard and Tatler magazine appointed him as one of just three ‘Teen Tatler Boys’ featuring the most talented under-20 boys.

OWEN SHARPE is a celebrated stage, TV and film actor. His theatre includes: Kevin in 66 Books – The Transgressor (Bush Theatre, London), Moore in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Hampstead Theatre), Samuel in Foxfinder (GEST), Charles Aznavour in Piaf (Vaudeville Theatre), Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist (Lyric, Hammersmith), Kite in The Recruiting Officer (
Garrick Theatre), Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer (National), A Laughing Matter (National
), Davey inThe Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC), 
Jubilee (RSC), The Barbaric Comedies (Abbey & Edinburgh Fest), Aladdin (Old Vic), Mrs Warren’s Profession (Abbey Theatre), Michael in Shadows (RSC), Purgatory (RSC), Bartholomew Fair (RSC), This Lime Tree Bower (RSC), Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan
Pericles (National), Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Andrews Lane Theatre), Dear Jack (The Ark Theatre), Macbeth (Abbey Theatre), Billy Liar
 (Andrews Lane
), Jacko
 (Hawks Well Theatre), Madigans Lock (Abbey Theatre), Bugsy Malone (Olympia Theatre), A Thief of Christmas (Abbey Theatre), 
The Recruiting Officer
 (Gate Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Gate Theatre)
TV includes: Titanic: Blood and Steel (ITV), Doctors (BBC), The Changing Stages (BBC), A Sheltered Life (Cardiff Uni), The Lolly Man
 (RTE), My Oedipus Complex (RTE).
Film includes: Calvary, The Guard, The Second Death, Borstal Boys, Leprechaun, My Left Foot

MICHELLE COLLINS is a household name in the UK who came to public attention with her iconic portrayal of Cindy Beale in EastEnders. She was originally booked for 11 episodes but due to public demand, remained in the role for 10 years.

Michelle has had a host of other lead roles, including in the BAFTA nominated Two Thousand Acres of Sky and Jaqueline Wilson’s Emmy Award winning The Illustrated Mum, whilst she was most recently seen in Coronation Street playing series regular Stella Price.

Recent TV credits include playing alongside Julia McKenzie and Edward Fox in Marple (ITV), Hotel Babylon (BBC), The Family Man, (BBC) and Rock Rivals (ITV). Other TV credits include: two series of Sunburn (BBC), two series of Real Women (BBC), Sleeper (BBC), two series of Daylight Robbery (ITV), Can’t Buy Me Love (ITV) Lloyd And Hill (ITV), Perfect (ITV), Uprising (Tiger Aspect), Sea Of Souls (ITV), The Bill (Talkback Thames), The Last Detective (Carlton), Ella And The Mothers (BBC), Lucky Sunil (BBC), and Running Wild (LWT).

Film credits include: Personal Services with Julie Walters, Stephen Poliakov’s Hidden City and most recently Bollywood Brit flick Don’t Stop Dreaming.
Theatre includes: Rattle of a Simple Man (Comedy Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury), Never Forget (UK Tour), Deception (Malvern Theatres), Vagina Monologues (Birmingham Hippodrome), Raving Beauties (Liverpool Playhouse), Have You Ever Fallen In Love (Apollo, West End), On The Piste (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), Reluctant Heroes (Nottingham Playhouse), Strictly Business (Nuffield Theatre), Burning Point (Tricycle) and The Play What I Wrote directed by Kenneth Branagh (Watford).

In 2010, Michelle appeared in a six-episode special of Casualty for the BBC and joined the national tour of Calendar Girls as Cora. In 2011, she played The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and the lead role in The Demolition Man both at Bolton, Octagon and appeared in a pilot of Siphonheads for Tony McHale.

MARTYN HESFORD is a BAFTA-nominated writer. His BBC4 television screenplay, Fantabulosa! starring Michael Sheen, chronicled the life of English comedian and actor Kenneth Williams and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama. Other award-winning work includes screenplays A Small Mourning starring Alison Steadman, which won the Radio Times Drama Award, Brazen Hussies starring Julie Walters and Robert Lindsay, Nicholas Nickleby (ITV1), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Sky Movies) and The Old Curiosity Shop (ITV1). Martyn was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for his play Mothers Day (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). He is currently writing a feature film, Danny La Rue (BFI/Leopard Films).

ABBEY WRIGHT was Apprentice Director at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2008, and the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009 under Michael Grandage (working with such notable directors as Alan Rickman, Peter Gill, Sean Holmes, Jeremy Herrin, Jamie Lloyd, John Tiffany). Abbey was Danny Boyle’s Staff Director on Frankenstein at the National Theatre in 2011. Abbey’s directing work includes: Dublin Carol (Donmar Trafalgar), Bitch Boxer (Soho), Rose (The Pleasance), The Song of Deborah, Hidden Glory (The Lowry), Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios), The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (Jermyn Street Theatre). Abbey is currently directing Holiday by Raimondo Cortese & The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz at the Bussey Building in Peckham.

MOYA PRODUCTIONS Ltd. was established by Caitlin Albery Beavan and Aron Rollin in 2012. Together their aim is to present new and dynamic work of the highest quality, bringing together established theatre talent with the emerging future of theatre makers. Their first show, Shivered by Philip Ridley at Southwark Playhouse, won widespread critical praise and was nominated for Best Off-West End Play in the Awards and Best New Play in the Offies. This was followed up with the critically aclaimed debut West End run of Third Finger, Left Hand starring Imogen Stubbs and directed by Ian Talbot OBE. Last year they brought Mrs Lowry and Son to Trafalgar Studios, garnering rave reviews and Critics Choice including The Times, The Telegraph and more. They are currently producing Holiday by Raimondo Cortese & The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz at the Bussey Building in Peckham., @MoyaProductions

TACKROOM THEATRE was founded by Abbey Wright in 2013 to create new work. The first ever production, Mrs Lowry and Son, with longstanding collaborator Martyn Hesford, was Critics’ Choice in The Times and The Telegraph. Tackroom’s next venture, as a co-production with sister company Moya Productions, is a double-bill of remarkable new Australian plays, Holiday (Raimondo Cortese) and The Eisteddfod (Lally Katz) at the Bussey Building.

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