Hapgood: Full cast announced

Posted on 29 October 2015.

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Hapgood: Full cast announced

The full casting for Tom Stoppard’s play Hapgood, directed by Howard Davies, will be Lisa Dillon, who will take the title role, Gary Beadle, Joe Evans, Edward Hancock, Gerald Kyd, Tim McMullan and Alec Newman. Child actors Adam Cansfield and Sasha Gray complete the cast.

“I can’t remember which side I’m supposed to be working for, and it is not in fact necessary for me to know…”

London 1988. The Cold War is approaching its endgame and somebody in spymaster Elizabeth Hapgood’s network is leaking secrets. Is her star Double Agent a Triple? The trap she sets becomes a hall of mirrors in which betrayal is personal and treachery a trick of the light.

Lisa Dillon plays Hapgood. She trained at RADA and her theatre credits include The Roaring Girl, The Taming Of The Shrew, Othello (RSC), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Birthday (The Royal Court), Design For Living, A Flea In Her Ear (Old Vic), The Knot Of The Heart, When The Rain Stops Falling, A Period Of Adjustment, Hedda Gabler (Almeida), Under The Blue Sky, Private Lives (West End), Present Laughter, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other (National Theatre), The Master Builder (West End) and Iphigenia (Sheffield). Film and television credits include Suffragette, The Beat Beneath My Feet, Bright Young Things, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky), Black Work, The Jury (ITV), Dirk Gently (BBC3), Cranford, Hawking and Cambridge Spies (BBC). Radio credits include Dr No, Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever (R4).

Gary Beadle plays Wates. Making his Hampstead Theatre debut, Gary’s previous theatre credits include The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre), Skipping Rope, You Know Who You Are (Talawa Theatre), Banksy: The Room in the Elephant (Tobacco Factory), Sucker Punch, God’s Second in Command (Royal Court) and Family Man (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Television and film credits include The Interceptor, Doctors, Common Ground, Crime Stories, Hustle, Casualty, EastEnders and Absolutely Fabulous. Gary’s film credits include In the Heart of the Sea, Til Death Do Us Part, Wit and The Imitators.

Nick Blakeley plays Maggs. Nick’s previous theatre credits include I Heart Catherine Pistachio (Soho Theatre), The Last of the De Mullins (Jermyn Street Theatre), Happy Never After (Pleasance), Hard Feelings (Finborough Theatre), Damned by Despair, 13, A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre), The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre), Millennium (Vineyard Theatre) and 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic). Television and film credits also include Doctors (BBC) and Even Artichokes Have Hearts.

Joe Evans plays The Russian. Having trained at Mountview Academy, Joe’s theatre credits include 3 Winters (National Theatre), The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse), Chicken Dust (Leicester Curve), Love on the Dole (Finborough), Game (Arcola), Final Whistle (The Old Red Lion), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), ‘Beast’ in Beauty & The Beast (UK & International Tour), and Neil Kellerman in Dirty Dancing (UK Tour).

Edward Hancock plays Merryweather. Edward’s theatre credits include Jeeves and Wooster (The Duke of York’s Theatre and National Tour), One Man Two Guvnor’s (National Tour), Romeo and Juliet (The Watermill), Too Much Pressure (The Belgrade Theatre) The Adventure (Pleasance Courtyard), Twelfth Night (Ludlow Shakespeare Festival), Laburnum Grove (Finborough Theatre), Antigone at Hell’s Mouth (Soho Theatre), Great Expectations (The Watermill), Limehouse Nights (Kandinsky Theatre), Roar (Dumbshow), Life For Beginners (Theatre 503) and POSH (The Duke of York’s Theatre). Film and television credits also include Rules of Textual Attraction, Super Goths, The Boat that Rocked, Breathless (ITV), Doctors, The Green Green Grass (BBC) and My Spy Family (Boomerang).

Gerald Kyd plays Ridley. Gerald’s previous theatre credits include Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep), 3 Winters, Children of the Sun, The Cherry Orchard, Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), Little Black Book (Park Theatre), 55 Days, Revelation (Hampstead Theatre), The Years Between (Royal Theatre Northampton) and The Seagull (RSC). Film and television credits include Legacy, The Defender, Tomb Raider II, Principles of Lust (Channel 4), Benidorm (ITV), The Coroner, Doctors and Sherlock (BBC) and the role of Mark in Persons Unknown (Fox TV).

Tim McMullan plays Blair. Tim’s theatre credits feature over 15 shows at the National Theatre including Man and Superman, The Cherry Orchard, Burnt by the Sun, Coram Boy, Dark Materials and The Three Sisters; and he is an associate of Complicité with who his work includes The Master and Marguerita, Mnemonic and Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol. Other theatre credits include Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley (Comedy Theatre, West End), King Charles III (Wyndham’s Theatre), and As You Like It (Glove Theatre). Film credits include The Woman in Black, The Queen, Shakespeare in Love, The Fifth Element and Shadowlands. Recent television credits include Dr Thorne, Grantchester II, The Go-Between, Foyle’s War (in which Tim played the MI5 agent, Valentine, for two series), The Hollow Crown: Henry IV: Parts 1 & 2, and Parade’s End.

Alec Newman plays Kerner. Alec has previously performed at Hampstead Theatre in The Fastest Clock in the Universe. Other theatre credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Danton’s Death (National Theatre), These Shining Lives (Park Theatre), King Lear (Donmar Warehouse/BAM), Andorra (Young Vic), Plenty (Albery Theatre) and Certain Young Men (Almeida Theatre). Television and film credits include The Bastard Executioner, The Last Kingdom, Dracula, Rouge, 24-Live Another Day, Waterloo Road, Frankenstein, Dune, Spooks, Greyhawk, Lonely Place to Die, The Principles of Lust and Bright Young Things.

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play is The Hard Problem. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (a play with André Previn), Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention Of Love, The Coast Of Utopia, Rock’n’Roll, Indian Ink, Dogg’s Our Pet, Dirty Linen, New-Found Land, Dogg’s Hamlet and Cahoot’s Macbeth. Translations and adaptations include Tango, Undiscovered Country, On The Razzle, Rough Crossing, Dalliance, The Seagull, Henry IV, Ivanov, The Cherry Orchard, The House Of Bernarda Alba and Largo Desolato (Havel). He has written eight Evening Standard award-winning plays and five of his plays have won Tony awards.

Radio plays include Darkside (with Pink Floyd), If You’re Glad, I’ll Be Frank, Albert’s Bridge (Italia Prize Winner), Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending A Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died and In The Native State. His most recent work for BBC television was Parade’s End (Ford Madox Ford), and his original television play Professional Foul won awards from BAFTA and the Broadcasting Press Guild.

Screenplays include Anna Karenina, Despair, The Romantic Englishwoman, The Human Factor, Brazil, Empire Of The Sun, The Russia House, Billy Bathgate, Poodle Springs and Shakespeare In Love (with Marc Norman), which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe, the Broadcast Film Critics and American Guild Awards for Best Screenplay 1998. He directed and wrote the screenplay for the film of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which won the Prix d’Or at the Venice Film Festival 1990 for Best Film.

Howard Davies returns to Hampstead Theatre following the critically acclaimed 55 Days and Drawing the Line. His numerous credits for the National Theatre include 3 Winters, The Silver Tassie, Children of the Sun, The Last of the Haussmans, Juno and the Paycock, The Cherry Orchard, The White Guard (Olivier Award for Best Director), Blood and Gifts, Burnt by the Sun, Her Naked Skin, Never So Good, Philistines, The Life of Galileo, Paul, Mourning Becomes Electra (Olivier Award for Best Revival, Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director), All My Sons (Olivier Award for Best Director), Flight (Evening Standard Award for Best Director), The Crucible, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Secret Rapture and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
For the RSC his credits include Penny for a Song, Les Liasons Dangereuses, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, Good, Piaf and The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs.

His Broadway credits include A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Iceman Cometh (Tony Award for Best Director nomination), My Fair Lady, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Drama Desk Award for Best Director, Tony Award nomination for Best Director), Good and Piaf.

Other theatre credits include The Herd (Bush Theatre), All My Sons (Stanhope Productions), A Moon for the Misbegotten (The Old Vic Theatre Company), The Breath of Life (Haymarket Theatre), Private Lives (Albery Theatre and New York transfer. Evening Standard and Olivier Award nominations for Best Director), The Iceman Cometh (Almeida Theatre. Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Almeida and Aldwych) and Temple (Donmar Warehouse). Television includes Blue / Orange, Armadillo, Copenhagen and Tales from Hollywood.

Howard Davies has been Associate Director for the National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and the RSC. He established and ran the Warehouse Theatre for the RSC.

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