The Young Vic has announced casting for its 2023 new season opener, Further than the Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris.
The revival was announced last month, and will be directed by Genesis Fellow / Young Vic Associate Director Jennifer Tang (AI, Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok), and plays the Young Vic from 9 March to 29 April 2023.
The cast features Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Jenna Russell (Fun Home, Piaf) as Mill, Cyril Nri (Trouble in Mind, The Barbershop Chronicles, The Bill) as Bill, Gerald Kyd (The Seagull, Deep Blue Sea) as Mr Hansen, Archie Madekwe (Midsommar, See) as Francis, and Kirsty Rider (The Sandman, The Doctor, Nora: A Doll’s House) as Rebecca, plus live vocals by Shapla Salique (No Boundaries).
Zinnie Harris is an award-winning playwright best known for Macbeth (an undoing), This Restless House, and How To Hold Your Breath. The play was first performed in 1999, and was the winner of the 1999 Peggy Ramsay Award for new theatre writing. Zinnie Harris also won the 2001 John Whiting Award, and the Edinburgh Fringe First Award for the play.
Based on real events on the island of Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, the story follows a community haunted by its past and under threat from a modern world in crisis.
Jenna Russell recently starred in the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind.
Director Jennifer Tang’s new interpretation of the play is the first major London staging in more than 20 years. Tang is joined in the creative team by Designer Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Designer Prema Mehta, Sound Designer George Dennis, Composer Ruth Chan, Movement Director Ingrid Mackinnon, Voice and Dialect Coach Emma Woodvine, Musical Director Michael Henry, Illusions Designer John Bulleid, and Casting Director Charlotte Sutton CDG.
Currently playing at the Young Vic is new musical Mandela starring Michael Luwoye. In the West End, the Young Vic’s production of James Graham’s Best of Enemies is currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Zachary Quinto and David Harewood; and their new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 February 2023.