Sex Education‘s Chris Jenks will play the dashing young military officer Count Vronsky in Sheffield Theatre’s upcoming production of Anna Karenina.
Jenks is best known for playing the recurring role of ‘Steve’ in season 2 and 3 of Netflix’s British comedy-drama series Sex Education. His theatre credits include Our Blood Is An Ocean and Julius Caesa (Bristol Old Vic); Crave (The Wardrobe); The Two Gentlemen Of Verona and Our Country’s Good (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) and The Ruff Guide To Shakespeare(Edinburgh Fringe, 2016).
The role of ‘Anna’ will be played by A Discovery of Witches‘ Adelle Leonce. TV viewers will also recognise her from Black Mirror, Death in Paradise and Strike. Her many theatre credits include Emilia (Vaudeville Theatre); Amadeus and Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (National Theatre); Against (Almeida Theatre); Anatomy Of A Suicide and Torn (Royal Court Theatre).
Nick Fletcher (Father Brown, Silk, New Tricks, True Dare Kiss, Grange Hill ) will play Anna’s husband Alexei Karenina.
The cast also features Isis Davis playing Dolly(This Is Who I Am!), Solomon Israel playing Stiva (Barber Shop Chronicles), Douggie McMeekin playing Levin (Chernobyl), Sarah Seggari playing Princess Betsy (Comedy Of Errors) and Tara Tijani playing Kitty (Gone Too Far).
Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic will be directed by Anthony Lau with design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Alexandra Fay Braithwaite and movement by Chi-San Howard. Jacob Sparrow is casting director and Nadia Emam is assistant director.
“Anna Karenina is the first Crucible production of the 2022 50th anniversary season year and we’re incredibly excited to share this well-known epic. It’s a play about choice, happiness and the pursuit of love – a universal narrative boldly reimagined to speak to a modern audience. The world may have changed since Anna first filled our hearts, but the story is no less complex or human. It is familiar and surprising and so full of the passions and anguishes of living.” said Anthony Lau, RTYDS Associate Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres and Director of Anna Karenina.
Anna Karenina will play at the Crucible Theatre from Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 February 2022. Tickets are available now from sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.