1 November 2018
Jonathan Broadbent, Simon Chandler, Jonathan Coy, Lloyd Everitt, Edward MacLiam, Dharmesh Patel, Jenny Rainsford, Paul Reid, Hannah Stokely and Zoe Waites will appear in a major London revival of William Congreve’s rarely performed restoration comedy The Double Dealer, directed by Selina Cadell. The Set Designer is Madeleine Girling, Costume Designer Rosalind Ebbutt, Lighting Designer Vince Herbert and Casting Consultant Vicky Richardson.
A house party on a sultry autumn evening. A marriage has been arranged between Cynthia and Mellefont.
All should be plain sailing, but the young couple must contend with the jealousies, vanities and vagaries of a host of brilliantly drawn comic characters. Above all they must overcome the Machiavellian machinations of Maskwell – the eponymous Double Dealer.
In a world of artifice and guile, how are we to judge whose behaviour is beyond reproach?
This delightful restoration comedy, written by Congreve at the age of only 24, provides an irresistible foretaste of the kind of iconic characters which appear in his subsequent great comedies, The Way of the World and Love for Love. Selina Cadell recently directed the latter to critical acclaim for the RSC. She has also directed The Rivals (Arcola) and The Rake’s Progress (Wilton’s Music Hall). Her recent acting work includes Humble Boy at the Orange Tree, and Alan Bennett’s People and The Habit of Art (National Theatre).
Jonathan Broadbent (Brisk/Say Grace)
Theatre includes Humble Boy (Orange Tree); The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible); The Norman Conquests (Chichester); The Tempest (RSC/Barbican); Love for Love, Queen Anne, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (RSC); My Night with Reg (Donmar/West End); Three Sisters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Filter/Lyric Hammersmith). TV includes Father Brown, Silent Witness, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Cold War, Alice in Wonderland. Films include The Magic Flute and As You Like It.
Simon Chandler (Sir Paul)
Theatre includes Cock, The Stepmother, For Services Rendered (Chichester); Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre/Garrick Theatre/St Ann's Warehouse); The Letter Of Last Resort (Traverse Theatre); The Bomb, Women, Power And Politics Season (Tricycle Theatre); Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse); Cause Celebre (Old Vic); One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Democracy (West End). Recent TV includes Carnage, Call The Midwife, The Crown, Wallander, The Enfield Haunting, Mr Selfridge, The Bletchley Circle, Silk, The Politician's Husband, Vera, Land Girls, The Shadow Line, The Thick Of It. Films include The Corrupted, 55 Steps, Mr Turner, The Theory Of Everything, Fast Girls, The Iron Lady, The King's Speech, Penelope, Perfume, Stoned, The Rising, Vera Drake, Milk, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Incognito, A Bridge Too Far and Victor/Victoria.
Jonathan Coy (Lord Touchwood)
Theatre includes Ink (Duke of York's Theatre); Ivanov, Platonov, A Month In The Country, Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Hard Problem, The Magistrate, Democracy, The Power Of Yes (National Theatre); Privacy (Donmar Warehouse). Recent TV includes Collateral, Endeavour, Parents, Parade's End, Pillars Of The Earth, Downton Abbey, Reunited, Starting Over, The Old Curiosity Shop. Films include Conspiracy, Cromwell & Fairfax, Maschenka, Shoreditch, The Lost Prince and The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase.
Lloyd Everitt (Mellefont)
Theatre includes We Want You To Watch (National Theatre); Othello (Shakespeare's Globe); Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic Theatre); Chariots Of Fire (Gielgud Theatre/Hampstead Theatre); Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse); King Lear (West Yorkshire Playhouse). TV includes Casualty, New Tricks, Holby City, Emmerdale, Tissues And Issues, Alys, Torchwood and Made In Wales.
Edward MacLiam (Maskwell)
Theatre includes The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse); The Taming Of The Shrew, Liberty, The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Shakespeare's Globe); Deluge (Hampstead); Terra (King's Head Theatre); I'll Be The Devil (RSC/Tricycle Theatre); The Water Harvest (Theatre503); Emma (Haymarket Theatre); Platonov (Almeida Theatre). TV includes Come Home, Silent Witness, Paula, Endeavour, Ordinary Lies, Cucumber, Citizen Charlie, Big Thunder, The Turn Of The Screw, Above Suspicion - The Red Dahlia. Films include Run and Jump, Miss Conception, Angel and Conspiracy Of Silence.
Dharmesh Patel (Careless)
Theatre includes: Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Captive Queen, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Tempest, Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric/Filter); Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar (RSC); East is East (Jamie Lloyd Productions/Trafalgar Studios); Albion (Bush); King Lear, Hamlet, Trade, Romeo and Juliet, Morte Auther, Oxygen, As You Like It, The Grainstore, The Comedy of Errors (RSC). Recent TV includes Casualty, Doctor, Ray’s Daze and England Expects. Films include Here and Now and Common People.
Jenny Rainsford (Lady Plyant)
Theatre includes The Tempest, Love for Love, Queen Anne (RSC); The Rivals (Arcola); Microcosm (Soho); The Little Black Book (Park); The Seagull (Headlong); No Quarter (Royal Court); Straight (Sheffield Crucible/Bush); The Importance of Being Earnest (Rose Theatre Kingston). TV includes Fleabag, The Smoke, Law and Order UK and Da Vinci’s Demons. Films include The Favourite, About Time, Prometheus and The Death of a Farmer.
Paul Reid (Lord Froth)
Theatre includes Chekhov’s First Play (Dead Centre); You Never Can Tell, Alice in Funderland (The Abbey, Dublin); Pride and Prejudice (The Gate, Dublin/Hong Kong Arts Festival); John Ferguson (Finborough); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Donmar); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anna Karenina, A View from the Bridge (The Gate, Dublin); Dublin By Lamplight (Corn Exchange/Abbey/UK tour); King Ubu (Galway Arts Festival). TV includes Finding Joy, Vikings, Will, Wrecking the Rising, Rebellion, London Irish, Raw, The Clinic and Love is the Drug. Films include Never Grow Old, Born a King, We Ourselves, The Ritual, Tommy’s Honour, Grassland and Boy Eats Girl.
Hannah Stokely (Lady Froth)
Theatre includes Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre); Stop!, Well (Trafalgar Studios); King Lear, After the Dance, Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre); The Rivals (Arcola); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale (The Bridge Project). TV includes Any Human Heart, Vexed, Cranford, The Family Man, The Golden Hour and Holby City. Films include Teen Spirit, Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, The Falling, Skyfall, The Duchess and Chromophobia.
Zoe Waites (Cynthia/Lady Touchwood)
Theatre includes: Julius Caesar, Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield Crucible); Deny, Deny, Deny (Park Theatre); Home Chat (Finborough); As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington); Love for Love, Night of the Soul, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Family Reunion, Romeo and Juliet (RSC); King Lear, Mrs Klein, The Play About the Baby (Almeida); Birdsong (West End); Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester/West End); Cyrano de Bergerac (Bristol Old Vic); Pravda (Chichester/Birmingham Rep). TV includes Broadchurch, Vexed, Doctors, The Other Boleyn Girl, Love in a Cold Climate, The Unknown Soldier and Robin Hood.