Cast announced for Cry Havoc

London theatre news: Tuesday 12 February 2019

LGBTQ+ - Off-West End - Shows

The cast has been announced for the European premiere of Cry Havoc by Tom Coash, due at the Park Theatre from 27 March 2019.
Cry Havoc at the Park Theatre

Image: Park Theatre

The cast has been announced for the European premiere of Cry Havoc by Tom Coash, starring Marc Antolin (West End, National Theatre, RSC, Young Vic) and James El-Sharawy (Clywd Theatr Cymru, Southwark Playhouse).

The production will be at Park Theatre from 27 March to 20 April 2019, and is directed by Pamela Schermann.

Cry Havoc is an unconventional love story which explores the repression that the LGBTQ+ community still faces in wider international cultures. 

Set in present-day Cairo, Cry Havoc is a passionate love story between between two men who are worlds apart.

In times of turmoil, Mohammed questions his responsibility towards society when he contemplates leaving Egypt for a life in the UK with his partner, Nicholas.

Soon, he finds himself torn between life-changing choices.

Should he leave Egypt in order to embrace his sexuality?

Or should he defend his home and become the Egyptian he is expected to be, rather than a foreigner in a country he knows nothing about?

Mohammed and Nicholas are forced to confront their identities, traditions, and a repressive government in what becomes a gripping battle between love and faith.

American playwright Tom Coash spent four years teaching playwriting in Cairo and brings a true authenticity to this play.

His plays have been performed in the United States, South Africa and the UK among other countries, and have won numerous awards including the American Theatre Critics Association's 'M. Elizabeth Osborn Award', the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights, and Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award. 

Director Pamela Schermann's recent productions include Raving (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), Othello (Rose Playhouse, London, and NYC), Lady Windermere's Fan (UK/Ireland Tour) and the Off West End - Finalist BEST OPERA PRODUCTION Mozart & Salieri (Arcola Theatre and UK/Denmark Tour). 

Marc Antolin, who recently starred as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and as Marc Chagall in Kneehigh/Bristol Old Vic's production The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, plays Nicholas Field.

Other credits include The Trial (Young Vic), Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket/Chichester Festival Theatre), Peter Pan (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (The Globe) and Matilda (RSC/Cambridge Theatre). 

The role of Mohammed El-Masri will be played by James El-Sharawy, whose credits include The Fifth Column and The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse), Walaa (New Diorama) and Scattered (Clywd Theatr Cymru/Good Chance Theatre, Calais). 

Karren Winchester, who appeared in Les Blancs and Children of the Sun (National Theatre) and The Madness of George III (Peter Hall Company, UK Tour and West End), joins the cast as Mrs Nevers.

Show listing information


In present day Cairo, two men are forced to confront their cultural identities, traditions and a repressive government in a gripping search for love and faith.

Cry Havoc is a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer.

Tom Coash's poignant, intimate play explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East through the eyes of two people asking if love can bridge even the widest cultural divide.


Marc Antolin as Nicholas Field

James El-Sharawy as Mohammed El-Masri

Karren Winchester as Mrs Nevers


Author: Tom Coash
Director: Pamela Schermann
Designer: Emily Bestow
Lighting: Petr Vocka
Sound: Julian Starr
Production: Time Zone Theatre Ltd in association with The Production Exchange and Park Theatre


Park Theatre - Park 90
Clifton Terrace
Finsbury Park
N4 3JP


From: Wednesday 27 March 2019

Closed: Saturday 20 April 2019


Previews: £14.50

Standard: £18

Concessions: £16.50


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