Cast announced for Winter Solstice

28 November 2016

The cast for the UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s new play which explores the resurgence of the far right is Kate Fahy, Nicholas Le Prevost, Laura Rogers, Dominic Rowan and Milo Twomey. Winter Solstice is a co-production with Actors Touring Company it is directed by their Artistic Director Ramin Gray.

Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy. Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. A charismatic, mesmerising man. Whose words carry echoes of a sinister past...

As a new - or maybe old? - kind of politics rises up around the world, this razor sharp comedy exposes the betrayals at the heart of family and society.

Roland Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany and one of the country’s most exciting original voices, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries. Previous plays include The Golden Dragon and Arabian Night, both presented by Actors Touring Company. 

Kate Fahy (Corinna) appeared in the UK premiere of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? alongside Jonathan Pryce. Other recent work includes Martin Crimp’s Definitely the Bahamas (Orange Tree); Handbagged (Tricycle); After Electra (Plynouth Theatre Royal); and Copenhagen (Watford Palace). TV includes The Suspicions of Mister Winchester, Death in Paradise, Cherished and Danton’s Death. Films include Marriage of Reason and Squalor, Archipelago and Defiance

Nicholas Le Prevost’s (Rudolph) theatre work includes Man and Superman, Alan Bennett’s People and Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady (National Theatre); How the Other Half Loves (West End); Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (RSC); The Philadelphia Story (Old Vic); the title role in Uncle Vanya (Peter Hall Company); and The Wild Duck (Donmar). TV includes Father Brown, Above Suspicion, Cranford, Margaret, Psychoville, Wild at Heart, Half Broken Things, Life Begins, Poirot and The Jewel in the Crown. Films include Testament of Youth, Broken Lines, A Very British Scandal, Bright Young Things, Shakespeare in Love and Land Girls. He has played Jules Maigret on BBC Radio.

Laura Rogers (Bettina) has appeared in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Print Room); Private Lives (UK tour); Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); An Ideal Husband, Pressure and Hay Fever (Chichester); 55 Days (Hampstead); Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe). TV includes Holby City, New Tricks, The Smoke, Law and Order, Dates, Twelfth Night, Doctor Who, Bad Girls and The Sins.

Dominic Rowan’s (Albert) theatre work includes Medea, Happy Now?, A Dream Play, Iphigenia at Aulis, Mourning Becomes Electra, Three Sisters, The Talking Cure and Private Lives (National Theatre); Giving (Hampstead); The Tempest, Measure for Measure, Henry VIII and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe); Ah, Wilderness! and The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic); The Village Bike, Way to Heaven and Forty Winks (Royal Court); Berenice and A Voyage Round My Father (Donmar); and A Doll’s House (Young Vic/West End/BAM, New York). He has just appeared in Maria Friedman’s production of Stepping Out on tour which transfers to West End in March 2017. TV includes The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Restless, Law and Order, Catwalk Dogs, Baby Boom, Trial and Retribution, North Square, A Rather English Marriage, Between the Lines, Emma and The Tennant of Wildfell Hall.

Milo Twomey (Konrad) has appeared in Mary Poppins (UK tour); Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible); Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Blithe Spirit, The Children’s Hour, An Ideal Husband, Harvey and She Stoops to Conquer (Royal Exchange); Flygirl (Unicorn); Richard III (Nottingham Playhouse); Dancing at Lughnasa (Royal & Derngate); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh/UK & US tours); and The Canterbury Tales (RSC/West End). TV includes Hat Hair, X Company, Cuffs, Endeavour, Tyrant, War and Peace, Man Down, The Guilty, Secrets and Words, My Spy Family, Doctors, Band of Brothers and Liverpool One

Ramin Gray has been Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company since 2012 where his productions have included the new version of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women adapted by David Greig (The Royal Lyceum and tour), The Events by David Greig (Traverse and Young Vic and UK and international tours 2013-6); The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Traverse & UK tour); and Martyr by Marius von Mayenburg (co-production with Unicorn Theatre and UK touring). He was previously Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre where he directed Vassily Sigarev’s Ladybird, Presnyakov Brothers’ Terrorism, Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One and The Stone, Simon Stephens’ Motortown, and Mark Ravenhill’s Over There. For the RSC he directed David Greig’s The American Pilot. Ramin’s extensive work abroad includes the Salzburg Festival, Schaubühne Berlin, Praktika Moscow, Husets Copenhagen and many more. Ramin recently directed Gerald Barry's much acclaimed opera of The Importance of Being Earnest for the Royal Opera at the Barbican/Lincoln Center.

£15 previews start 12 January

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