Cast announced for Martin Crimp's Dealing with Clair

20 September 2018

Richard Twyman will direct Gabriel Akuwudike, Roseanna Frascona, Michael Gould, Tom Mothersdale, Lizzy Watts and Hara Yannas in Martin Crimp’s psychological thriller and disturbing satire on real estate Dealing with Clair, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre. £15 previews begin on 30 October.

The play was first seen thirty years ago at the Orange Tree, where several of Crimp’s early plays premiered. He is the writer of numerous plays including Attempts on her Life and In the Republic of Happiness. His new play When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other with Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane will be premiere at the National Theatre in 2019, directed by Katie Mitchell. His play The Treatment was revived at the Almeida in 2017 and Lessons in Love and Violence, for which he wrote the text, premiered at the Royal Opera House in May 2018.

Designed by Fly Davis, the Lighting Designer is Joshua Carr, Sound Designer & Composer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite and Casting Director Serena Hill.

Clair works in real estate.
Mike and Liz are selling.
James wants to buy.
He’ll only deal with Clair.

Selling houses. It’s not forever. Who knows what I’ll do? Maybe make a killing and just… disappear. That’s right. Vanish.

Dealing with Clair examines the horrors just beneath the civilized surface of urban lives; it is both a satire on moral and emotional bankruptcy and a bleak, black comedy thriller.

First seen thirty years ago at the Orange Tree Theatre, where Martin Crimp’s first plays premiered including Living Remains (1982), Four Attempted Acts (1984), Definitely the Bahamas (1987), Play with Repeats (1989) and then more recently Play House (2012). His other work includes In the Republic of Happiness, The City, Fewer Emergencies, Cruel and Tender, The Country, Attempts on Her Life and The Treatment

Richard Twyman is Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre for which he has directed Othello (also Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory/Tobacco Factory Theatres). Prior to this he was Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court Theatre between 2013-2016, where his directing work included Torn, Harrogate, You For Me For You, Fireworks and The Djinns of Eidgah. He has directed extensively internationally and in the UK for Hightide, Old Vic Tunnels, RSC, the Bush and in the West End. Between 2003 and 2008 he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Associate Director to Michael Boyd on the multi-award-winning Histories Cycle and for which he directed Henry IV Pt II.

Gabriel Akuwudike's theatre work includes: A Gym Thing (Small Things Theatre); No One is an Island (Tangle); Troilus & Cressida (Shakespeare's Globe). TV includes: Brexit, The Bisexual and Informer.

Roseanna Frascona's theatre work includes: Somnai (dotdotdot); Salomé (National Theatre); iAm (Bush Theatre/Southwark Playhouse/ Park Theatre); Follies (Live Canon); Nahda (Bush Theatre); Willie (Old Red Lion Theatre); No Border (Theatre 503/Oxford Playhouse); Dirty Dancing (Playful Productions/UK tour); At First Sight (Up In Arms); The Taming Of The Shrew (Thelma Holt/international tour). TV includes: Top Boy, Eat Pretty and The Moonstone. Films include: Dead Birds and The New Boy.

Michael Gould recently appeared in Ella Hickson's The Writer at the Almeida, and at at the Young Vic in The Jungle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Martin Crimp's Cruel and Tender, and also Ivo van Hove's production of A View From The Bridge, which transferred to the West End and Broadway). Other theatre work includes The Audience (Apollo Theatre); Tis Pity She's A Whore, In Extremis, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre); Damned By Despair, Greenland, Earthquakes In London, Our Class, Women Of Troy, Attempts on her Life, Waves, The Seagull, Pillars Of The Community, The UN Inspector, The Oresteia (National Theatre); Othello, Romeo And Juliet, The Phoenician Women (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Ugly One (Royal Court Theatre). TV includes: Manhunt, Into The Badlands, The Forgiving Earth, Man Down, The Jury, Decline And Fall, The Conversation, Lucan, Silk, Silent Witness, Mr Sloane, Bletchley Circle, Secret State, Getting On, Wallander, Free Agents, Ashes To Ashes, Grandma's House, The Long Walk to Finchley, David Kelly, Green Wing, Wire in the Blood, State Of Play and Coup. Films include: Radioactive, Undergods, The Darkest Hour, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Our Kind of Traitor, Private Peaceful and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Tom Mothersdale is currently appearing in The Woods at the Royal Court Theatre, and recently appeared in Annie Baker's John, and Sarah Kane's Cleansed at the National Theatre. He's also appeared in Kane's Crave and 4.48 Psychosis (Sheffield Crucible). Other work includes: Oil (Almeida); The Glass Menagerie (Headlong); The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic Theatre); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre/BAM, New York); Boys, Romeo And Juliet (Headlong); Iphigenia, The Phoenix Of Madrid, Pride And Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath); An Ideal Husband (West End); The Comedy Of Errors (Shakespeare's Globe); A Thousand Stars Explode In The Sky (The Lyric Hammersmith). TV includes: Hanna, Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams - The Hood Maker, Doc Martin, Liar, King Charles III, Endeavour and Peaky Blinders. Films include: Overlord, Actress, Unseen and The Rain Collector.

Lizzy Watts recently played the title role in Ivo van Hove's National Theatre production of Hedda Gabler on tour. Other work in theatre includes Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough/Bush Theatre); Merit (Plymouth Theatre Royal); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe international tour); Blink (Soho Theatre/Nabokov/UK Tour/New York); Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre/ UK Tour); Wasted (Paines Plough/UK tour/Roundhouse); The Stops (Arcola); The Man (Finborough/tour); Doctor Faustus (Watford Palace Theatre); and Artefacts (Nabakov/ Bush/New York). TV includes: Endeavour, The Durrells and Midsomer Murders.

Hara Yannas appeared in Martin Crimp's The Treatment at the Almeida. She was in Robert Icke's productions of 1984 (for Headlong and at the Almeida as well as in the US) and Oresteia (Almeida and Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre work includes recently playing Yelena in Uncle Vanya at HOME, Manchester; The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida); Mare Rider (Arcola); Pericles (Open Air, Regent’s Park); Tales of the Harrow Road (Soho Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/UK & European tour); it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Arcola/Clean Break). TV includes: Silent Witness, Dark Heart, Trauma, Innocent, Broadchurch, The Level, Father Brown, The Musketeers, Law & Order: UK, The Smoke, The Bible and Holby City.

£15 previews of Dealing with Clair start 30 October

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