Douglas Henshall

Hampstead Theatre announces casting for Rona Munro’s Mary & Joe White’s Blackout Songs, including Douglas Henshall

Hampstead Theatre has announced casting ahead of the world premiere of Rona Munro’s new political thriller Mary.

Directed by Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert, Mary will star Douglas Henshall (BBC’s Shetland), Rona Morison (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Donmar Warehouse) and Brian Vernel (Stories – National Theatre), and run at Hampstead from 22 October to 26 November 2022.

The creative team includes designer Ashley Martin-Davis, lighting designer Matt Haskins, composer and sound designer Nick Powell, movement director Ayse Tashkiran, casting director Helena Palmer, and assistant director Marlie Haco.

Mary - cast

Mary is set in 1567. James Melville, an intelligent, charismatic and skilled diplomat is also one of the most loyal servants of Mary Stuart, the troubled Queen of Scots. It’s a time of political turmoil and the shocking crimes he has witnessed have shaken him. Now he needs to decide who’s guilty, who’s innocent, and who is too dangerous to accuse. Change is coming, but at what price?

The North London venue has also announced casting for the world premiere of Blackout Songs by Joe White, directed by Guy Jones.

The cast will include Alex Austin and Rebecca Humphries, and play at the Hampstead Downstairs from 4 November to 10 December 2022.

The designer will be Anisha Fields, with lighting designer Christopher Nairne, sound designer Holly Khan and movement director Iskandar R. Sharazuddin.

Blackout Songs - cast

In Blackout Songs, a chance encounter at an AA meeting results in a crazy passionate bond… But later, once they’re drinking again, they both have this feeling that they might have been here before, together… They should really get sober and figure it out. Maybe after one last quick drink…

Hampstead Theatre also announced today four new plays for its Autumn and Winter season: Stephen Karam’s new play Sons of the Prophet; Linck and Mülhahn by Ruby Thomas; Alexis Michalik’s The Art of Illusion; and Akedah by Michael John O’Neill.


📷 Main photo: Douglas Henshall. Photo: BBC

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