Casting announced for The Lottery of Love

17 February 2017

Marivaux’s greatest comedy is translated by novelist John Fowles (The French Lieutenant’s Woman) to the Regency England of Jane Austen in this previously unseen version. Orange Tree Artistic Director Paul Miller directs Keir Charles (The Roaring Girl and The White Devil at the RSC), Pip Donaghy (Taken at Midnight at Chichester and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Claire Lams (One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, West End and Broadway), Dorothea Myer-Bennett (The Philanderer at the Orange Tree), Tam Williams (Sunny Afternoon and Chariots of Fire at Hampstead and in the West End) and Ashley Zhangazha (Human Animals, Belong and Truth and Reconciliation at the Royal Court).

A marriage has been arranged...

Sylvia has a dilemma: how does a woman get to know the man she’s engaged to? Disguising herself as her own maid is certainly one way to do it. And it would have been perfect, except that her fiancé Richard has had the same idea: his man Brass will do duty as him. Sylvia’s father can only watch as the couples get entangled. He knows that for them to achieve real happiness, they must disentangle themselves.

Can love be scrutinised and survive? Can passion be pinned down and must it always entail pain? One of France’s greatest playwrights dissects the age old process of losing oneself to love.

The Lottery of Love is a previously unseen translation of Marivaux’s greatest comedy, Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard, by John Fowles (1926-2005) to the Regency England of Jane Austen. 

This sparkling translation by the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Collector is directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller following his hugely successful productions of Somerset Maugham’s Sheppey, Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears, Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses, Doris Lessing’s Each His Own Wilderness and DH Lawrence’s The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd

Keir Charles’ theatre credits includes A Christmas Carol (West End); Arden of Faversham, The Roaring Girl, The White Devil, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (RSC); Mydidae (DryWrite/Soho/Trafalgar Studios); The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible); Kursk (Young Vic/Sydney); and Elling (Bush/Trafalgar Studios). TV includes The Moorside, Drifters, Watson & Oliver, EastEnders, Fear of Fanny, Green Wing and Band of Brothers. Film includes Man Up, Across the River, Love Actually and High Heels and Low Lifes.

Pip Donaghy’s theatre credits includes Trouble in Mind (Ustinov, Bath); King Lear (Royal & Derngate, Northampton/tour); Taken at Midnight (Chichester/Haymarket); Gabriel, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Ghosts, A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre Kingston); Hamlet (Young Vic); Rattigan’s Nijinsky, The Deep Blue Sea, Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester); Deep Cut (Sherman/tour); The Woman in Black (Fortune). TV includes Foyle’s War and Prime Suspect.

Claire Lams’ theatre credits includes One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/West End/Broadway); Kiss Me (Hampstead); The King’s Speech (Chichester/Birmingham Rep); The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic); Routes, Harvest (Royal Court); Educating Rita (Watermill); Baby Girl, DNA, The Miracle (National); Faustus (Headlong). TV includes Call the Midwife, Humans, The Wrong Mans, Silent Witness, Obsessed and Random.

Dorothea Myer-Bennett appeared in The Philanderer at the Orange Tree in 2016. Other theatre work includes The Merchant of Venice and Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe); Richard III and Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse); This Was a Man (Finborough); Arcadia, As You Like It, King Lear, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Cherry Orchard, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory).

Tam Williams’ theatre work includes Sunny Afternoon, Chariots of Fire (Hampstead/West End); Strangers on a Train, Macbeth, Birdy (West End); The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale (Propeller); The Rivals (Theatre Royal Haymarket); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre Kingston). Films include Spectre, Candle to Water, Backwater, The Trench and Time to Love.

Ashley Zhangazha’s theatre work includes Human Animals, Belong, Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); A Raisin in the Sun (Sheffield Crucible/Eclipse); Image of an Unknown Woman (Gate); Ah, Wilderness! (Young Vic): Hamlet (Royal Exchange); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company/West End); Fences (Theatre Royal Bath/West End); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible, Ian Charleson Award); Richard II (Donmar); King Lear (Donmar/BAM, New York); Danton’s Death (National Theatre). TV includes Humans, Ordinary Lies and Lenny Goes to Town.

The Lottery of Love is on 30 March to 13 May

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