Casting announced for 25th anniversary tour of Kindertransport
Sunday 28 January 2018
Olivier-Award winning actress Suzan Sylvester returns to Diane Samuels' heart-felt drama, Kindertransport, in the role of mother Evelyn having performed as daughter Faith in the 1993 premiere production.
Image: Queen's Theatre (Hornchurch)
Playing at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 8 to 24 March (and also touring) this production of Diane Samuels' Kindertransport, celebrates a number of anniversaries.
First, it marks 25 years since Ms Samuels wrote her extraordinary and haunting play.
It also marks 80 years since the Kindertransport - the operation which saw thousands of Jewish children ferried from Austria and Germany to safety in the UK.
And finally, it signals Suzan Sylvester's return to the play in the role of mother Evelyn having performed as daughter Faith in the 1993 premiere production.
Suzan will be joined by a cast of actors from across Europe: Hannah Bristow as Faith, Leila Schaus as Eva, Catherine Janke as Helga, Jenny Lee as Lil and Matthew Brown as the Ratcatcher.
Suzan Sylvester plays Evelyn in Kindertransport
Suzan Sylvester's stage credits include the recent Crystal Springs (Park Theatre), Crooked (Bush Theatre) and Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre).
She also won an Olivier Award for her performance of Catherine in A View From The Bridge at the Aldwych Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
Kindertransport is co-produced by Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in association with Selladoor Productions.
Kindertransport opens at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 8 to 24 March, plays at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg from 27 to 31 March and then embarks on a UK tour to the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich (17 to 21 April), Richmond Theatre (24 to 28 April) and Manchester Opera House (1 to 5 May).
This timely modern classic about a woman's struggle to come to terms with her past is from the producers of last year's acclaimed revival of The Crucible.
Kindertransport has an international creative team - it will be directed by Anne Simon and designed by Marie-Luce Theis with lighting design by Nic Farman and sound design by Adrienne Quartly.
A deeply moving and timely modern classic about a woman's struggle to come to terms with her past.
Hamburg 1938: nine-year-old Eva is forced onto a train by her desperate mother in order to escape the threat of World War II.
Arriving at Liverpool Street Station, tagged like a piece of luggage, she's handed over to strangers.
Manchester 1980: Evelyn, a proud mum, prepares to say goodbye to daughter Faith as she leaves the family home.
But what Faith finds in the attic will change her life forever …
Evelyn - Suzan Sylvester
Faith - Hannah Bristow
Eva - Leila Schaus
Helga - Catherine Janke
Lil - Jenny Lee
Ratcatcher/Ensemble - Matthew Brown
Author: Diane Samuels
Director: Anne Simon
Designer: Marie-Luce Theis
Lighting: Nic Farman
Sound: Adrienne Quartley
From: Thursday 8 March 2018
Closes: Saturday 24 March 2018
Previews: £12.50, £16, £19; under 26s £8
Mon - Thu Eve, & Matinees: £18, £22.50, £26
Fri & Sat eve: £21.50, £26, £29
Concessions: Under 26s £8
ActDrop full listing for Kindertransport