Vincent River cast announcement
Thursday 8 February 2018
Off-West End - Shows
Louise Jameson is to star alongside recent graduate Thomas Mahy in Philip Ridley's acclaimed 'Vincent River' which heads to the Park Theatre in March.
Image: Park Theatre
Philip Ridley's modern classic, Vincent River, was a huge success when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2000, and a West End smash in 2007.
Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, it is now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime - and society's need to crush 'difference' - ever written.
ActDrop's Peter Brown reviewed a version of Vincent River at the Old Red Lion back in 2010 - read his review here for some background about the story.
This new version of the play is directed by Robert Chevara and will run at London's Park Theatre from Tuesday 20 March to Saturday 14 April.
Louise Jameson stars with recent graduate Thomas Mahy, making his London stage debut.
Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy star in Vincent River
Ms Jameson played the iconic role of assistant Leela in Dr Who in the Seventies opposite Tom Baker.
She later starred in Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders.
In a 40-year career, her first love, the theatre, has seen her on stage at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.
Earlier this year, she was nominated Best Actress in the 2018 Offies (Off West End) awards for her portrayal of Racquell in the critically acclaimed production of My Gay Best Friend that she co-wrote with her co-star, Nigel Fairs (read our 4 star review of My Gay Best friend here).
She recently toured the UK playing Miss Marple in Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced, she played Beth in Timberlake Wertenbaker's new play Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon, and starred in the 60th anniversary production of The Mousetrap UK tour.
Thomas Mahy is a recent graduate of Drama Centre, London.
He is currently playing Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights at Euro Theater Bonn, Germany.
Director Robert Chevara said ...
"Philip Ridley is one of Britain's greatest living writers and I have always wanted to direct his work and collaborate with him.
Vincent River is both a modern classic and a dazzling, visionary piece of theatre.
The play is even more prophetic now than when it was first produced.
The murder of Jo Cox MP shocked the nation and hate crimes have risen by 29% this last year alone.
But hate crimes against LGBT people in the UK have surged by nearly 80% in recent years.
I am thrilled to have cast an actress I admire, Louise Jameson as Vincent's grieving, wounded mother Anita and newcomer Thomas Mahy as the menacing and volatile Davey, who turns up at her door.
The design is by Nicolai Hart Hansen, who collaborated with me on the critically acclaimed productions of Tennessee William's Vieux Carré (Kings Head/West End), In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (Charing Cross Theatre) and Mike Bartlett's Cock/Bull (Danish premiere)."
Davey has seen something he can never forget.
Anita has been forced to flee her home.
Tonight, they meet for the first time ... and their lives will change forever.
Author: Philip Ridley
Director: Robert Chevara
Designer: Nicolai Hart Hansen
Production: Celia Dugua in association with Park Theatre
From: Tuesday 20 March 2018
Closes: Saturday 14 April 2018
Child (Under 16) £13
ActDrop full listing for Vincent River
More about Philip Ridley from Wikipedia