I AND YOU: FULL CAST ANNOUNCED
Posted on 14 August 2018.
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Zach Wyatt will star as Anthony alongside previously announced Maisie Williams as Caroline in the UK premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, which will be directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall on the Main Stage.
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Edward Hall
18 October – 24 November
‘Did my mother set this up? She would totally do this – make something up just to make me feel involved. I have a life, ok: I text. A lot.’
Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, which was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Making their professional stage debuts, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will star as Caroline and recent Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduate Zach Wyatt will star as Anthony. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, I and You is about friendship, adolescent innocence and living life to the full.
Housebound because of illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. Confined to her room, she has only Instagram and Facebook for company. That is until classmate Anthony bursts in – uninvited and armed with waffle fries, a scruffy copy of Walt Whitman’s poetry and a school project due in the next day… Caroline is unimpressed all round.
But an unlikely friendship develops and a seemingly mundane piece of homework starts to reveal the pair’s hopes and dreams - as well as a deep and mysterious bond that connects them even further.
Maisie Williams will make her stage debut as Caroline. Her film work includes New Mutants; Departures; Early Man; iBoy; The Book of Love; The Falling (European Shooting Star Award 2015 at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016 London Critic’s Circle Award for Best Young performer and Evening Standard Rising Star Award) and Heatstroke. Television work includes Game of Thrones (series regular - Seasons 1 to 8 - three Emmy nominations, two Portal awards in 2012 for best supporting actress and best young actor in television, Radio 1 Teen Award 2013 for Best British Actor, 2014 nomination as one of the UK’s international screen stars of tomorrow and Entertainment Weekly’s Award for best Supporting actress); CyberBully (BAFTA nomination for best single drama); Doctor Who; The Secret of Crickley Hall and Robot Kitchen.
Zach Wyatt graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in June 2018. I and You is his professional debut.
Lauren Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017/18, two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award. She is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions/Amazon in 2017.
As Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, Edward Hall’s productions include Cell Mates; Filthy Business; Rabbit Hole; Wonderland; Sunny Afternoon (also Harold Pinter Theatre/UK tour); Raving; Chariots of Fire (also West End); No Naughty Bits; Loyalty; Enlightenment, The Strange Death of John Doe and Firebird (Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar Studios). As Artistic Director of Propeller, productions have included Rose Rage (adapted from Henry VI, I, II & III); Henry V; The Winter’s Tale; The Taming of the Shrew; Twelfth Night; The Merchant of Venice; Richard III; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors. His Propeller work has toured worldwide, played the West End and Broadway (as well as regular seasons at Hampstead Theatre) and has won numerous Awards both in the UK and overseas. Other theatre work includes Once in a Lifetime with David Suchet (National Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire with Natasha Richardson (Roundabout, New York); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (National Theatre); Mark Ravenhill’s Dick Whittington (Barbican); Calico (Duke of York’s); Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre); Two Men of Florence (Huntingdon, Boston); Macbeth with Sean Bean (Albery); The Constant Wife (Apollo); Julius Caesar (RSC); Tantalus (Denver Centre and UK tour); Henry V (RSC); The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville) and The Two Gentleman of Verona (RSC). Television work includes The Durrells; Partners in Crime, a six part series for the BBC; Restless; Downton Abbey; Strike Back; Spooks; Kingdom; Trial and Retribution; Miss Marple - Sleeping Murder; Cutting Edge: Safari Strife and Richard III.
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