Cast announced for Lucy Prebble's THE SUGAR SYNDROME

16 December 2019

Ali Barouti (Yous Two, Goats), Alexandra Gilbreath (The Provok'd Wife, The Rover), John Hollingworth (The Crown, Poldark, The Norman Conquests) and Jessica Rhodes will appear in the first major London revival of Lucy Prebble’s debut play THE SUGAR SYNDROME, directed by Oscar Toeman, runner up for the JMK Award 2019 with designer Rebecca Brower. Previewing from 24 January 2020, tickets start at just £15


The creative team also includes Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs, Sound Designer & Composer Daniel Balfour, Movement Director Chi-San Howard, Costume Supervisor Molly Syrett and Casting by Sophie Parrott CDG & Sarah Murray.

I like the internet. I like that way of talking to people. It’s honest. It’s a place where people are free to say anything they like. And most of what they say is about sex. 

Dani is 17. She’s looking to meet someone honest and direct. What she finds is a man twice her age who thinks she’s an 11-year-old boy. 

– I’m sorry I’m not the freak show you expected. 

– We’re on the same side of the bars I think. 

The first major revival of Lucy Prebble’s debut play: a devastatingly and disturbingly funny exploration of an unlikely friendship, our desire to connect, and the limits of empathy. Prebble’s work includes A Very Expensive Poison (The Old Vic), The Effect (National Theatre) and ENRON (Headlong/Chichester Festival Theatre/Royal Court Theatre/West End/Broadhurst Theatre) on stage and the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Succession and Secret Diary of a Call Girl on screen. She is also shooting a brand new TV series starring Billie Piper called I Hate Suzie, which she has written and co-created, to be aired in 2020.

Oscar Toeman, runner up of the JMK Award 2019, directs. His previous work includes Actually (Trafalgar Studios) and After October (Finborough Theatre). He was a finalist for the Peter Hall RTST Award 2018. He trained as a Staff and Associate Director at the National Theatre, as an Assistant Director at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and West End, and on the Young Vic’s Springboard programme. He is an alumni of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab in New York, which he participated on in 2017 as a recipient of a Michael Grandage Company Futures Bursary.

Ali Barouti’s theatre credits Yous Two (Hampstead Theatre) and Goats (Royal Court Theatre). TV credits include Tyrant and for film Mughal Mowgli, Daniel, Patrick and Daytimer.

Alexandra Gilbreath’s theatre credits include The Provok’d Wife, Shakespeare Live, The Rover, The Merry Wives: The Musical, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes Award nomination – Best Actress), As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac, Ghosts, Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC); God’s Dice, Shallow Slumber (Soho Theatre); Dessert (Southwark Playhouse); Mother Christmas (Hampstead Theatre); The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Invisible (Bush Theatre); The Wars of the Roses, Hay Fever (Rose Theatre Kingston); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); Othello (Sheffield Theatres); The Village Bike (Royal Court Theatre); Hedda Gabler (English Touring Theatre – Winner of the Ian Charleson Award); and Bernarda Alba (Gate Theatre). TV includes A Hundred Streets, Midsummer Night’s Dreaming, WPC 56, Inspector George Gently, Rites of Passage, Trial and Retribution, Life Begins, Absolute Power, The Commander, The Waltz King, Happiness, The Project, Monarch of the Glen, Out of Hours, A Wing and a Prayer, The Heart Surgeon and Screaming. Films include Tulip Fever, The All Together and Dead Babies.

John Hollingworth trained at RADA. His work includes The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre); Britten in Brooklyn (Wilton’s Music Hall); An Intervention (Paines Plough); Our Country’s Good (National Theatre); Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse); Earthquakes in London (National Theatre/Headlong tour); The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Design for Living (The Old Vic); Women, Power and Politics (Kiln Theatre); The Power of Yes (National Theatre); Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Hampstead Theatre); For King and Country (Theatre Royal Plymouth/UK tour); The Playboy of the Western World (Nuffield Theatres Southampton). TV includes The Queen’s Gambit, For Life, Doc Martin, The Crown, Gentleman Jack, Vera, Poldark, Midsomer Murders, Doctor Foster, Top Coppers, Josh, Arthur & George, Our World War, Crossing Lines, Da Vinci’s Demons, Breathless, The Hour, Endeavour, London’s Burning, The Man Who Crossed Hitler, Twenty Twelve, Being Human and Wuthering Heights. Films include Rebecca, 1917, Kursk, Transformers 5: The Last Knight, The Legend of Tarzan, Cinderella, About Time, The Dark Knight Rises, The Burma Conspiracy, Godard & Others, Pelican Blood and Dorian Gray.

Jessica Rhodes recently graduated from RADA. The Sugar Syndrome marks her professional stage debut.

THE SUGAR SYNDROME previews from 24 January

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