Wild: Full cast announced

Posted on 17 May 2016.

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Wild: Full cast announced

‘Let me tell you, now you’re in the club, that it’s important to keep a sense of humour, because things are going to get, now and for the rest of your life, extremely difficult’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s darkly comic new play Wild, which previews from 10 June. Directed by James Macdonald, the full cast features Jack Farthing, Caoilfhionn Dunne and John Mackay.

Wild explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level.  As the State grows more powerful because of technology, and technology grows more powerful because of the State, where do the self-appointed protectors of the rights of the citizen stand? Heroes? Or traitors?

Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he’s in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination. Last week, a nobody. This week, America’s Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button.

Jack Farthing plays Andrew. His recent theatre credits include Carmen Disruption (Almeida), Bang Bang Bang (Royal Court/ Out of Joint), Mary Broome (Orange Tree Theatre), Charley’s Aunt, Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange), Love Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe and U.S Tour), Helen, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Odyssey (National Theatre). Jack’s film credits include The Riot Club and Burn, Burn Burn and his television credits include Poldark, Cilla, Blandings I & II, and Da Vinci’s Demons.

Caoilfhionn Dunne plays Woman. Her recent theatre credits include Forever Yours, Mary Lou (Theatre Royal, Bath), Our Country's Good, The Veil (National Theatre), Fathers and Sons, The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse). Caoilfhionn's television and film credits include Traders, Love/ Hate, Vexed II, In View and Wrath of the Titans.

John Mackay plays Man. Theatre credits include Measure For Measure (Young Vic), Oresteia (Almeida), Drawing the Line, 55 Days (Hampstead), Richard III, (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Going Dark (Young Vic/ Sound & Fury), Little EaglesAntony and CleopatraKing LearThe Winter’s TaleJulius CaesarThe GrainstoreThe HistoriesTwelfth NightAs You Like ItPilateHamlet (RSC). John’s television credits include Hollow Crown IIThe Honourable Woman, Holby CityLaw and OrderThe Great Transatlantic CableDoc MartinCasualty and Trial & Retribution III.

Mike Bartlett returns to Hampstead following his critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Chariots of Fire. His play King Charles III (Almeida Theatre) enjoyed a West End and Broadway transfer last year. The play won the Olivier Award for Best New Play and the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award 2015. Mike’s other recent plays include Bull (Young Vic), Game (Almeida), Theatre UK Best New Play winner Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Royal Court), 13 (National Theatre) and Earthquakes In London (Headlong/National Theatre). Television credits include Doctor Foster (BBC).

James Macdonald returns to Hampstead Theatre following The Arrest of Ai Weiwei by Howard Brenton. Wild is his second collaboration with Bartlett following Cock (Royal Court). James’s many other theatre credits include Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone, CockDrunk Enough to Say I Love You? and Blasted (Royal Court). Other recent work includes The Father (Theatre Royal Bath, Tricycle and West End), Exiles (National) and Glengarry Glen Ross (West End). He was Associate Director at the Royal Court 1992-2007.

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