Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs) to play Joe Biden and Ben Onwukwe (London’s Burning) as Barak Obama, joining Bertie Carvel as Donald Trump, Lydia Wilson as Ivanka Trump and Tamara Tunie as Kamal Harris
The Old Vic in London has confirmed the full cast and creatives for its new production, The 47th, by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.
Olivier Award-winning actor Bertie Carvel has already been announced to play Donald Trump in the show, alongside Lydia Wilson as Ivanka Trump and Tamara Tunie as Kamal Harris.
The cast is completed by James Cooney as Charlie Takahashi, James Garnon as Ted Cruz, Richard Hansell as Steve Richetti, Oscar Lloyd as Donald Junior, Jenni Maitland as Heidi Cruz, Freddie Meredith as Eric Trump, Ben Onwukwe as Barack Obama, Cherrelle Skeete as Tina Flournoy, Ami Tredrea as Rosie Takahashi and Simon Williams as Joe Biden, with all other parts played by the company.
The play is directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, who reunites with Bartlett following their 2014 collaboration with King Charles III. The complete creative team consists of set by Miriam Buether, costume by Evie Gurney, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Tony Gayle, original music and sound score by Adam Cork, video by Ash J Woodward, movement by Lynne Page, wigs, hair and make-up by Richard Mawbey, casting by Jessica Ronane CDG, US casting by Jim Carnahan, voice by Joel Trill and dialect by Brett Tyne.
The 47th is set in 2024 as the US heads to the polls to elect the next, 47th President of the United States of America. The play promises to be a viciously funny, chaotic glimpse into the underbelly of the greatest political show on earth – the next presidential race.
The 47th runs at the Old Vic Theatre from 29 March to 28 May 2022, produced by the Old Vic, Sonia Friedman productions and Annapurna Theatre.
Other Old Vic productions in 2022 include Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play A Number directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu; and Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, back for its sixth outing this Christmas, directed by Matthew Warchus. The show starts on 12 November 2022, running to 7 January 2023.
Mike Bartlett’s play COCK is also being revived in London in 2022, with Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton) and Taron Egerton (Rocketman) starring as a gay couple. Directed by Marianne Elliot (War Horse, Company), COCK opens on 5 March 2022 at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Also the Lyric Hammersmith will stage the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s comedy Scandaltown in April 2022, directed by Lyric Hammersmith Theatre Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan.