SCOTT MARSHALL CLIENTS AT THE OPEN AND CLOSE OF BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Last week, the BFI announced that that this year’s London Film Festival will close with the European Premiere of David Ayer’s wartime drama Fury. Starring Brad Pitt as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy and featuring our own Laurence Spellman as Sgt. Dillard, Fury is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final heroic attempts to strike the heart of Nazi Germany.
This news is particularly exciting as it means that Scott Marshall clients will now appear in both the opening and closing films of the fest. A few weeks ago, we learnt that another Second World War thriller, The Imitation Game, is to receive its European Premiere at the opening of the BFI Festival. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, The Imitation Game features our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke.

The 58th BFI London Film Festival will run from 8th – 19th October 2014.

SCOTT MARSHALL CLIENTS AT THE OPEN AND CLOSE OF BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Last week, the BFI announced that that this year’s London Film Festival will close with the European Premiere of David Ayer’s wartime drama Fury. Starring Brad Pitt as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy and featuring our own Laurence Spellman as Sgt. Dillard, Fury is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final heroic attempts to strike the heart of Nazi Germany.

This news is particularly exciting as it means that Scott Marshall clients will now appear in both the opening and closing films of the fest. A few weeks ago, we learnt that another Second World War thriller, The Imitation Game, is to receive its European Premiere at the opening of the BFI Festival. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, The Imitation Game features our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke.

The 58th BFI London Film Festival will run from 8th – 19th October 2014.

ELIZABETH CHAN JOINS HENRY IV AT THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE
We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Elizabeth Chan will be joining the cast of Phyllida Lloyd’s upcoming all-female production Henry IV, in the roles of Northumberland and Peto, at the Donmar Warehouse. Following on from her celebrated all-female Julius Caesar, Lloyd’s production will encompass action from both Henry IV Part I and Part II to create a single narrative of Shakespeare’s epic historical plays. We’re immensely proud that Elizabeth is part of this production, which is in collaboration with Clean Break theatre company, who work with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Henry IV runs at the Donmar from 9 October to 29 November 2014. 

ELIZABETH CHAN JOINS HENRY IV AT THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE

We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Elizabeth Chan will be joining the cast of Phyllida Lloyd’s upcoming all-female production Henry IV, in the roles of Northumberland and Peto, at the Donmar Warehouse. Following on from her celebrated all-female Julius Caesar, Lloyd’s production will encompass action from both Henry IV Part I and Part II to create a single narrative of Shakespeare’s epic historical plays. We’re immensely proud that Elizabeth is part of this production, which is in collaboration with Clean Break theatre company, who work with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Henry IV runs at the Donmar from 9 October to 29 November 2014. 

LEWIS REEVES AND CHRIS REILLY FIGHT FOR OUR WORLD WAR
This year marks the centenary of the start of World War I and the television industry has been a huge advocate in commemorating this momentous occasion in history. One such programme is BBC Three’s Our World War: a series of three stand-alone episodes, immersing viewers in the in the real stories of British troops serving on the front line. This week, catch the brilliant Lewis Reeves , who can currently be seen in My Night With Reg at the Donmar. Lewis plays Henry Delaney- one of a group of Manchester friends who joined up to fight together, forming a new battalion known as ‘Pals’, who find themselves in the first Battle of the Somme in 1916. Next Thursday, the focus is on the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and stars our very own Chris Reilly in the role of Dodds. This enthralling, poignant series highlights the stories of real people and their experiences- definitely not one to miss.

Our World War, featuring Lewis Reeves, be seen on BBC3 at 9pm Thursday 14th August. The episode featuring Chris Reilly can be seen on BBC3 at 9pm on Thursday 21st August. 

LEWIS REEVES AND CHRIS REILLY FIGHT FOR OUR WORLD WAR

This year marks the centenary of the start of World War I and the television industry has been a huge advocate in commemorating this momentous occasion in history. One such programme is BBC Three’s Our World War: a series of three stand-alone episodes, immersing viewers in the in the real stories of British troops serving on the front line. This week, catch the brilliant Lewis Reeves , who can currently be seen in My Night With Reg at the Donmar. Lewis plays Henry Delaney- one of a group of Manchester friends who joined up to fight together, forming a new battalion known as ‘Pals’, who find themselves in the first Battle of the Somme in 1916. Next Thursday, the focus is on the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and stars our very own Chris Reilly in the role of Dodds. This enthralling, poignant series highlights the stories of real people and their experiences- definitely not one to miss.

Our World War, featuring Lewis Reeves, be seen on BBC3 at 9pm Thursday 14th August. The episode featuring Chris Reilly can be seen on BBC3 at 9pm on Thursday 21st August. 

JOANNA RIDING BURSTS INTO THE WOODS

We were thrilled to see the first trailer for huge blockbuster Into the Woods, which is set to be the box office smash-hit of the winter. Directed by Rob Marshall and starring such names as Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, Into the Woods is an adaptation of the musical by Stephen Sondhiem in which a witch conspires to teach important lessons to various fairy-tale characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel. Our very own Joanna Riding features in the film as Cinderella’s Mother (Cinderella being played by Anna Kendrick) and we can’t wait to see her big screen debut.

Into the Woods is set for UK release on the 9 January 2015. 

EVAN HANDLER

We are incredibly excited to welcome American actor Evan Handler to the Scott Marshall team. Evan is probably best known as Charlie Runkle on Showtime’s hit comedy Californication and one of the stars of the HBO television show, and films,Sex and the City. Based in LA, Evan is looking forward to opening up opportunities this side of the pond since being granted an EU passport. We are really looking forward to working with him.

EVAN HANDLER

We are incredibly excited to welcome American actor Evan Handler to the Scott Marshall team. Evan is probably best known as Charlie Runkle on Showtime’s hit comedy Californication and one of the stars of the HBO television show, and films,Sex and the City. Based in LA, Evan is looking forward to opening up opportunities this side of the pond since being granted an EU passport. We are really looking forward to working with him.

LEWIS REEVES AND RICHARD CANT SPEND A NIGHT WITH REG

Last night, the revival of Kevin Elyot’s wickedly funny and deeply affecting My Night with Reg opened at the Donmar Warehouse, twenty years since it was first staged at the Royal Court. My Night with Reg defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic. Set in the mid-80s during the height of the mounting AIDS crisis, the play examines the fallout within a group of gay friends after the apparent promiscuity of Reg, a core member but who, interestingly, never appears on stage. Constituting a third of the cast are Scott Marshall clients Lewis Reeves (as Eric) and Richard Cant (as Bernie) who gave phenomenal performances and have been rewarded with critical acclaim in 4 and 5 star reviews across the board.

“There is strong work too from Richard Cant… and from Lewis Reeves as a young decorator who observes the older men’s tangled love lives with a mixture of confusion and compassion.” Charles Spencer, THE TELEGRAPH, ****

“Lewis Reeves impresses as a perky Brummie decorator [Eric].” Henry Hitchings, EVENING STANDARD, ****

“Reeves is certainly name to watch…” Kate Bassett, THE TIMES, ****

“[Eric’s] bashful shrewdness and kindliness and his practical heart… are wonderfully well communicated by Lewis Reeves.” Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, *****

“Above all, Reg is a lovely, touching play about old friendships and sudden liaisons, much more enjoyable all over again … Elyot has been restored and justly celebrated.” Michael Coveney, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****

My Night With Reg runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 27th September.

JAMES FLEET AND ANNETTE BADLAND JOIN STARZ FOR OUTLANDER

In the US this Saturday evening there is just one place to be and that is in front of television watching the brand new series of Outlander which premieres on STARZ on the 9 August.  Following the story of Claire Randell (played by Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse who, in 1945, is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and forced to marry another man, the Outlander series has been adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling books. With brilliant roles in this sure-fire hit are our own James Fleet and Annette Badland and there are more Scott Marshall faces set to appear later on in the series. We can’t wait to see how this epic romantic adventure unravels on the small screen…

ANDREW LANCEL HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN EPSTEIN : THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES
Earlier this week, the marvellous two-hander, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, opened at Leicester Square Theatre, starring our own Andrew Lancel as the enigma Brian Epstein.  First produced as part of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary in 2012 and shown in Liverpool before its transfer to the West End, Andrew Sherlock’s Epstein focuses on the complicated man who changed the music scene forever, the accusations of betrayal and the inordinate stress that invades the lives of those finding fame. Both Epstein and Andrew Lancel have both received brilliant reviews across the board, with our thoughts perfectly echoed in Carole Gordon’s review in What’s On Stage : “Do. Not. Miss.”
“Andrew Lancel is phenomenal as Epstein, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the man, and showing all his flaws, the paranoia, loneliness and vulnerability, without ever descending into caricature.” Carole Gordon, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****
“As the well-spoken, sharp-suited, dashing yet fragile 32-year-old, Andrew Lancel captures both Epstein’s persuasive confidence and his inner torments and insecurities… Even at the close of Lancel’s pitch-perfect performance, Epstein… remains an enigma” Catherine Usher, THE STAGE, ****
“Andrew Lancel shines as Brian, brilliantly picking up his every mannerism and vocal habit. He balances the sweet and the angry parts of this complex character, ranging from a sad little boy to an angry tyrant.” Jade Wright, LIVERPOOL ECHO, ****

Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles plays at Leicester Square Theatre until 6th September. 

ANDREW LANCEL HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN EPSTEIN : THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES

Earlier this week, the marvellous two-hander, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, opened at Leicester Square Theatre, starring our own Andrew Lancel as the enigma Brian Epstein.  First produced as part of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary in 2012 and shown in Liverpool before its transfer to the West End, Andrew Sherlock’s Epstein focuses on the complicated man who changed the music scene forever, the accusations of betrayal and the inordinate stress that invades the lives of those finding fame. Both Epstein and Andrew Lancel have both received brilliant reviews across the board, with our thoughts perfectly echoed in Carole Gordon’s review in What’s On Stage : “Do. Not. Miss.”

Andrew Lancel is phenomenal as Epstein, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the man, and showing all his flaws, the paranoia, loneliness and vulnerability, without ever descending into caricature.” Carole Gordon, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****

“As the well-spoken, sharp-suited, dashing yet fragile 32-year-old, Andrew Lancel captures both Epstein’s persuasive confidence and his inner torments and insecurities… Even at the close of Lancel’s pitch-perfect performance, Epstein… remains an enigma” Catherine Usher, THE STAGE, ****

“Andrew Lancel shines as Brian, brilliantly picking up his every mannerism and vocal habit. He balances the sweet and the angry parts of this complex character, ranging from a sad little boy to an angry tyrant.” Jade Wright, LIVERPOOL ECHO, ****

Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles plays at Leicester Square Theatre until 6th September. 

SUSAN WOKOMA JOINS THE BOYS IN THE INBETWEENERS 2

After much anticipation, The Inbetweeners 2 was released in cinemas nationwide yesterday. The second instalment in this ever popular comedy franchise continues to follow four friends – Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) – as they reunite in Australia for a holiday. Featuring our own Susan Wokoma in the role of Della,we couldn’t resist sharing these gorgeous pictures of Susan on the red carpet at The Inbetweeners 2 premiere at Leicester Square earlier this week. 

SUSAN WOKOMA JOINS THE BOYS IN THE INBETWEENERS 2

After much anticipation, The Inbetweeners 2 was released in cinemas nationwide yesterday. The second instalment in this ever popular comedy franchise continues to follow four friends – Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) – as they reunite in Australia for a holiday. Featuring our own Susan Wokoma in the role of Della,we couldn’t resist sharing these gorgeous pictures of Susan on the red carpet at The Inbetweeners 2 premiere at Leicester Square earlier this week. 

SHARON D CLARKE SHINES IN PORGY AND BESS
Last week, director Timothy Sheader’s Porgy and Bess opened at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, starring our own Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Premiering on Broadway in 1935, George and Ira Gershwin’s opera-come-musical has been adapted throughout the years . The story, drawn from a 1925 novel by DuBose Heyward, charts the unlikely relationship between the tortured, drug-adled Bess (Nicola Hughes) and the disabled Porgy (Rufus Bonds Jr.), against a backdrop of the deprived but dependable community of Catfish Row. With a knock-out score, heart-felt singing and an excellent cast, this is all set to be a summer smash hit!
“There are also fine supporting performances… Sharon D Clarke is powerfully defiant as Mariah”, Lyn Gardener THE GUARDIAN, ****
“Gershwin’s score is a knock-out, the singing’s great and, with the now obligatory standing ovation on the press night, Regents Park look as though it has a sure fire hit to get them through the height of the summer season.” Simon Thomas, WHAT’S ON STAGE, ****

Porgy and Bess runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 23rd August.

SHARON D CLARKE SHINES IN PORGY AND BESS

Last week, director Timothy Sheader’s Porgy and Bess opened at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, starring our own Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Premiering on Broadway in 1935, George and Ira Gershwin’s opera-come-musical has been adapted throughout the years . The story, drawn from a 1925 novel by DuBose Heyward, charts the unlikely relationship between the tortured, drug-adled Bess (Nicola Hughes) and the disabled Porgy (Rufus Bonds Jr.), against a backdrop of the deprived but dependable community of Catfish Row. With a knock-out score, heart-felt singing and an excellent cast, this is all set to be a summer smash hit!

“There are also fine supporting performances… Sharon D Clarke is powerfully defiant as Mariah”, Lyn Gardener THE GUARDIAN, ****

“Gershwin’s score is a knock-out, the singing’s great and, with the now obligatory standing ovation on the press night, Regents Park look as though it has a sure fire hit to get them through the height of the summer season.” Simon Thomas, WHAT’S ON STAGE, ****

Porgy and Bess runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 23rd August.

EDINBURGH FRINGE
FORGOTTEN VOICES // The Grand – Pleasance Courtyard // 1:30pm 
Taken from the Imperial War Museum’s oral testimonies of the veterans of World War One, Forgotten Voices is a series of vivid and deeply moving accounts of battle and its terrible aftermath. Based on the best-selling book, poignant tributes for the centenary commemoration of WW1 are read by guest artists, including our own James Fleet between 20th-25th August.
CLOWN SLUT // Dario’s Restaurant // 2nd – 23rd August // 12:15pm
Written by and starring our very own Joanna Griffin, Clown Slut is a stand-up theatre piece following one girl’s journey through the confusion and mayhem of growing up. Taking a tongue-in-cheek look at how to be a woman- from clueless adolescence through to slut-dropping Uni students and the tragic office party, Clown Slut asks if shaking out to MC Hammer might make us happier than marriage, mortgages and all that stuff. Receiving 5 stars from Public Reviews, Joanna will make sure you’re laughing all the way through.  
I KILLED RASPUTIN // George Square Theatre // 1st – 24th August // 3:35pm 
A new play by Richard Herring, I Killed Rasputin focuses on American journalist EM Halliday as he visits the aged Russian Prince and conspirator in the murder of Rasputin, Felix Yusupov, improbably still alive in 1967. The former richest man in Russia, now reduced to making money from his tall tale, is haunted by the “Mad Monk”, who even 50 years on refuses to die. The brilliant Joanna Griffin also stars in this zany production as Herring swaps his comedic hat for his dramatic one.
ANDY DE LA TOUR STAND-UP OR DIE IN NEW YORK // Gilded Balloon  //1st – 25th August // 5pm
After a twenty year pause from stand-up, our own Andy de la Tour went to New York to rediscover his comedy roots. This is the story of what happened. Andy was last in Edinburgh 30 years ago with Rik Mayall and Ben Elton. Now he’s back, older but not much wiser! ‘Andy de la Tour deserves a noble place in the history of stand-up’ (Chortle.co.uk).
LOVE TO LOVE TO LOVE YOU // Royal Overseas League Club // 16th – 21st August 

Love to Love to Love You takes the scandalous 19th century Viennese play La Ronde and resets its themes of sex, satisfaction and loneliness into a modern, fast paced and hedonistic city. Drawing upon our culture of excess, the action of the play Is condensed to a single day and night, during a modern carnival of contemporary art. Starring our own Lotte Rice, Love to Love to Love You is on a short run so make sure to catch it whilst you can. 

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
MINETTI // Royal Lyceum Theatre // 16th – 18th August // 8pm
Part of the Edinburgh International Festival and in collaboration with two of the world’s great dramatic institutions- RADA and The Juilliard School - Minetti focuses on a long-forgotten actor as he arrives in great spirits to discuss his comeback as King Lear with a theatre director. While he waits patiently in the hotel lobby, Minetti’s obsessive personality reveals itself in a series of strange encounters with other guests. Featuring performances from John Nettleton and Deidre Doone, director Tom Cairns is all set to bring Thomas Bernhard’s rarely performed masterpiece to life.  
JAMES I & JAMES II // Festival Theatre // 10th – 21st August // Various times 

Three new plays about James I, II and III are being premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and our very own Christopher Shutt has designed the sound for the first two. Written by Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom, James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock and James II: Day of the Innocents are a new cycle of history plays, bringing to life the three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. This will be atmospheric drama at its best.

EDINBURGH FRINGE

FORGOTTEN VOICES // The Grand – Pleasance Courtyard // 1:30pm

Taken from the Imperial War Museum’s oral testimonies of the veterans of World War One, Forgotten Voices is a series of vivid and deeply moving accounts of battle and its terrible aftermath. Based on the best-selling book, poignant tributes for the centenary commemoration of WW1 are read by guest artists, including our own James Fleet between 20th-25th August.

CLOWN SLUT // Dario’s Restaurant // 2nd – 23rd August // 12:15pm

Written by and starring our very own Joanna Griffin, Clown Slut is a stand-up theatre piece following one girl’s journey through the confusion and mayhem of growing up. Taking a tongue-in-cheek look at how to be a woman- from clueless adolescence through to slut-dropping Uni students and the tragic office party, Clown Slut asks if shaking out to MC Hammer might make us happier than marriage, mortgages and all that stuff. Receiving 5 stars from Public Reviews, Joanna will make sure you’re laughing all the way through.  

I KILLED RASPUTIN // George Square Theatre // 1st – 24th August // 3:35pm

A new play by Richard Herring, I Killed Rasputin focuses on American journalist EM Halliday as he visits the aged Russian Prince and conspirator in the murder of Rasputin, Felix Yusupov, improbably still alive in 1967. The former richest man in Russia, now reduced to making money from his tall tale, is haunted by the “Mad Monk”, who even 50 years on refuses to die. The brilliant Joanna Griffin also stars in this zany production as Herring swaps his comedic hat for his dramatic one.

ANDY DE LA TOUR STAND-UP OR DIE IN NEW YORK // Gilded Balloon  //1st – 25th August // 5pm

After a twenty year pause from stand-up, our own Andy de la Tour went to New York to rediscover his comedy roots. This is the story of what happened. Andy was last in Edinburgh 30 years ago with Rik Mayall and Ben Elton. Now he’s back, older but not much wiser! ‘Andy de la Tour deserves a noble place in the history of stand-up’ (Chortle.co.uk).

LOVE TO LOVE TO LOVE YOU // Royal Overseas League Club // 16th – 21st August

Love to Love to Love You takes the scandalous 19th century Viennese play La Ronde and resets its themes of sex, satisfaction and loneliness into a modern, fast paced and hedonistic city. Drawing upon our culture of excess, the action of the play Is condensed to a single day and night, during a modern carnival of contemporary art. Starring our own Lotte Rice, Love to Love to Love You is on a short run so make sure to catch it whilst you can. 

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL THEATRE

MINETTI // Royal Lyceum Theatre // 16th – 18th August // 8pm

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival and in collaboration with two of the world’s great dramatic institutions- RADA and The Juilliard School - Minetti focuses on a long-forgotten actor as he arrives in great spirits to discuss his comeback as King Lear with a theatre director. While he waits patiently in the hotel lobby, Minetti’s obsessive personality reveals itself in a series of strange encounters with other guests. Featuring performances from John Nettleton and Deidre Doone, director Tom Cairns is all set to bring Thomas Bernhard’s rarely performed masterpiece to life.  

JAMES I & JAMES II // Festival Theatre // 10th – 21st August // Various times

Three new plays about James I, II and III are being premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and our very own Christopher Shutt has designed the sound for the first two. Written by Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom, James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock and James II: Day of the Innocents are a new cycle of history plays, bringing to life the three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. This will be atmospheric drama at its best.

DEOBIA OPAREI JOINS IN THE GAME OF THRONES

We are extremely excited to announce that the brilliant DeObia Oparei will be one of the new faces joining the cast of Game of Thrones: Season Five. Mostly drawn from George R. R. Martin’s fourth book in the ever popular series, A Feast for Crows, HBO show revealed the new cast-members at Comic-Con in San Diego last Friday, where fans were treated to the above teaser on the upcoming season. DeObia will be taking on the role of Areo Hotah, the valiant guard and ever-loyal bodyguard of Doran Martell, another new character to be introduced in the fifth season, played by Star Trek’sAlexander Siddig. We can’t wait to see DeObia brandishing his axe on the small screen!

IVANNO JEREMIAH ENTERS THE NETHER AT THE ROYAL COURT
Last week, The Nether – American writer Jennifer Haley’s creepily gripping take on online ethics in the guise of a detective drama - opened at the Royal Court. Set in a (perhaps) not so distant future, the Internet has morphed into “The Nether”- a virtual reality where people can exist as avatars, living out their fantasies. Inevitably though, dark zones of the Nether have grown, where adults can engage in sexual and violent role-play with virtual children. One such site, started by businessman Sims (Stanley Townsend) and known as “The Hideaway”, is being investigated by detective Morris (Amanda Hale). Featuring our own Ivanno Jeremiah as Woodnut, this chilling and thought-provoking co-production with Headlong has received outstanding reviews. We, along with the critics, implore you to check it out before it finishes.
“Bravo to Vicky Fetherstone and Headlong for programming this authentically challenging piece.” Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, *****
“This is mind-bending, it’s ingenious and it’s ethically challenging… Superbly cast and stunningly designed” Kate Bassett, THE TIMES, *****
“A thought-provoking, deeply disconcerting success. It is a piece that taps into one of the most urgent and disturbing issues of our times.” Charles Spencer, THE TELEGRAPH, ****

The Nether runs at The Royal Court Theatre until 9th August 2014.

IVANNO JEREMIAH ENTERS THE NETHER AT THE ROYAL COURT

Last week, The Nether – American writer Jennifer Haley’s creepily gripping take on online ethics in the guise of a detective drama - opened at the Royal Court. Set in a (perhaps) not so distant future, the Internet has morphed into “The Nether”- a virtual reality where people can exist as avatars, living out their fantasies. Inevitably though, dark zones of the Nether have grown, where adults can engage in sexual and violent role-play with virtual children. One such site, started by businessman Sims (Stanley Townsend) and known as “The Hideaway”, is being investigated by detective Morris (Amanda Hale). Featuring our own Ivanno Jeremiah as Woodnut, this chilling and thought-provoking co-production with Headlong has received outstanding reviews. We, along with the critics, implore you to check it out before it finishes.

“Bravo to Vicky Fetherstone and Headlong for programming this authentically challenging piece.” Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, *****

“This is mind-bending, it’s ingenious and it’s ethically challenging… Superbly cast and stunningly designed” Kate Bassett, THE TIMES, *****

“A thought-provoking, deeply disconcerting success. It is a piece that taps into one of the most urgent and disturbing issues of our times.” Charles Spencer, THE TELEGRAPH, ****

The Nether runs at The Royal Court Theatre until 9th August 2014.

FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

It is hard is escape the programming announcements currently flying thick and fast from this Summer and Autumn’s film festivals.

This week we were particularly excited to see that Michael Winterbottom’s Amanda Knox-inspired thriller Face of an Angel is one of the new selections to be given its World Premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival in September. Starring Daniel Brühl and Kate Beckinsale alongside our own Rufus Wright, the film looks beyond the sensational headlines to explore both the media and the public’s obsession with violent stories.

Alongside Face of an Angel, A Little Chaos will close the Toronto International Film Festival with its World premiere. Starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos follows a female landscape-gardener as she is awarded the assignment to construct the grand gardens of Versailles, a position which trusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV. Also featuring our own Henry Garrett and Adrian Schiller, this period drama is set to transport Toronto audiences to another time, full of beauty, rivalry and romance. 

We were also particularly excited to see that The Imitation Game is to receive its European premiere and open this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, The Imitation Game features our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke.

HANNAH JOHN KAMEN LANDS LEAD IN KILLJOYS FOR SPACE AND SYFY

We are hugely excited and proud to announce that the gorgeous Hannah John Kamen has just been cast as lead role, Dutch, in the brand new Space and Syfy series Killjoys. From Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, the 10-episode Canadian drama centres on interplanetary bounty hunters, or “Killjoys”, who chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system. Also starring Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane, Killjoys is all set to start filming in Toronto in early August with it due to debut on our small screens in 2015. We want to wish Hannah the best of luck with this exciting new adventure! 

HANNAH JOHN KAMEN LANDS LEAD IN KILLJOYS FOR SPACE AND SYFY

We are hugely excited and proud to announce that the gorgeous Hannah John Kamen has just been cast as lead role, Dutch, in the brand new Space and Syfy series Killjoys. From Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, the 10-episode Canadian drama centres on interplanetary bounty hunters, or “Killjoys”, who chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system. Also starring Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane, Killjoys is all set to start filming in Toronto in early August with it due to debut on our small screens in 2015. We want to wish Hannah the best of luck with this exciting new adventure!