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Court reveals full Cyprus Avenue cast

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Wed 13 Jan 2016 11:26
Stephen Rea in Ballyturk at the National Theatre (Photo: Patrick Redmond)Stephen Rea in Ballyturk at the National Theatre (Photo: Patrick Redmond)/servlet/file/store5/item240443/version1/fileservice770/240443_770_preview.jpg

Royal Court Theatre regular Wunmi Mosaku will join Academy Award nominee Stephen Rea in the forthcoming production of Cyprus Avenue, David Ireland’s new play that arrives in London following its Dublin premiere this April.

Directed by the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, the full cast will also include Chris Corrigan, Julia Dearden and Amy Molloy.

The previously announced Rea, currently starring in BBC drama Dickensian, will lead the production as Eric Miller, a Belfast Loyalist who believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege and Miller decides he must act.

London stage regular Mosaku returns to the Royal Court following credits in Truth And Reconciliation and The Vertical Hour. Her many other credits include the Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed Mr Burns and Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre.

Also returning to the Sloane Square venue is Dearden, who last appeared at the Royal Court in Loyal Women, which joins other London credits for the Irish actor including Electra at The Old Vic and The Silver Tassie at the Almeida.

Their remaining co-stars, Corrigan (Chronicles Of Long Kesh, Tricycle Theatre) and Molloy (October, Arcola Theatre), will make their Royal Court Theatre debuts in the production.

Cyprus Avenue will play in the venue’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs space from 5 April to 7 May as part of an exciting 60th anniversary season for the theatre. Highlights includes Escaped Alone, a new Caryl Churchill play, Alistair McDowall’s space-set drama X and I See You, a post-apartheid South African drama that will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs prior to Cyprus Avenue from 25 February.

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