The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola

Thursday 19 April 2018

Casting - Drama

Casting is announced for the first London staging in over 15 years of D H Lawrence's groundbreaking play The Daughter-In-Law, destined for the Arcola Theatre from 23 May.
The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre

Image: Dippermouth

Final casting has been announced for a rare production of D H Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law, a searing drama about heartache, inequality and the ties that bind.

This groundbreaking play, set in the heat of the 1912 miners' strike and not published or performed in Lawrence's lifetime, premiered in a Peter Gill production at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s.

It's now getting its first London production in over 15 years, staged in the round, at the Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 23 June.

Harry Hepple in The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre

Image: Harry Hepple plays Luther Gascoyne

The cast for the production are:

Harry Hepple (plays Luther Gascoyne) is best known as the leading character Leo in the BBC1 series Boy Meets Girl.

His numerous stage credits include playing Charlie in Privates on Parade, directed by Michael Grandage, Noel Coward Theatre, West End; Geoffrey, A Taste of Honey, National Theatre; The Baker, Into The Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory; Ragtime and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Regent's Park Theatre; Chip in The 5th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Donmar Warehouse.

He was recently seen as Spud in Wonderland, Adam Penford's inaugural production at Nottingham Playhouse.

Ellie Nunn (plays Minnie Gascoyne) was in Shakespeare in Love in the West End; one-woman show Bombshells, Jermyn Street Theatre; Lady Windermere, Lady Windermere's Fan, Kings Head Theatre; Ida, Honk!, The Union Theatre; Soldier On,

Playground Theatre/UK tour.

Veronica Roberts (plays Mrs Gascoyne) among her many credits, she was in Moving Pieces at the National Theatre; Dancing at Lughnasa in the West End; Judy in Harry and Judy, Southwark Playhouse and After Electra, The Drum Plymouth/Tricycle Theatre, London.

She was Lady Hester in the film Mr Turner.

Matthew Biddulph (plays Joe Gascoyne)  features in the upcoming WW1 film, The Burying Party, an official selection for the Los Angeles Film Awards 2018.

His stage credits include Think of England, UK tour/Vault Festival and Leaf, Edinburgh Fringe/New Diorama Theatre.

Tessa Bell-Briggs (plays Mrs Purdy) was in the world premiere of Peter Gill's As Good A Time As Any,  Print Room at The Coronet and A Doll's House and Hayfever, Manchester Royal Exchange.

About D. H. Lawrence

D H Lawrence (1885-1930) was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where The Daughter-in-Law is set.

Lawrence was the son of a coal miner and an upwardly mobile haberdasher's saleswoman, and put much of his early life into his writings.

He wrote The Daughter-in-Law in 1913, the same year as his novel Sons and Lovers was published.

Its realistic depiction of working-class life - Lawrence described it as "neither a tragedy nor a comedy - just ordinary" - preceded the 'kitchen sink' dramas of the late-50s /early-60s by almost half a century, and fell foul of contemporary theatre producers.

When Lawrence's plays were first staged at the Royal Court in the mid-60s, the playwright John Osborne remarked 'they were so good than even critics couldn't fail to see their quality'.

A controversial writer, at the time of his death in 1930 Lawrence's public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents.

However, since then his work has been continually appraised, and he is now widely recognised as one of the most significant and influential writers of the twentieth century.

About the director

Jack Gamble co-directed Richard II at the House of Commons/Arcola Theatre in 2015, and was dramaturg on Richard III at Arcola Theatre in 2016.

He has previously directed shows at Jermyn Street Theatre, Theatre503 and Theatre Utopia.


"Children they are, these men, but my word, they're revengeful children."

Minnie has big ambitions for her new marriage to Luther Gascoyne, but Luther's mother Mrs Gascoyne has ideas of her own.

When she discovers explosive news about one of Luther's old flames, Mrs Gascoyne shakes the foundations of her daughter-in-law's new life.

The battle-lines are drawn for an emotional struggle that could tear the whole family apart.


Tessa Bell-Briggs - Mrs Purdy

Matthew Biddulph - Joe Gascoyne

Harry Hepple - Luther Gascoyne

Ellie Nunn - Minnie Gascoyne

Veronica Roberts - Mrs Gascoyne


Author: D H Lawrence
Director: Jack Gamble
Designer: Louie Whitemore
Lighting: Geoff Hense
Sound: Dinah Mullen


Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL


From: Wednesday 23 May 2018

Closed: Saturday 23 June 2018


Previews: £20, £16, £15

Standard: £22, £20, £15


Show website
ActDrop full listing for The Daughter-in-Law
D.H.Lawrence - Wikipedia

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