Chichester Festival Theatre has revealed more casting for its forthcoming revival of Noël Coward’s The Vortex.
The play will run in Chichester from 28 April to 20 May 2023.
Already announced to play mother and son Florence and Nicky Lancaster are acclaimed, multi-award winning actor Lia Williams and her real-life son, actor Joshua James. Also Priyanga Burford (BBC’s Industry) will play Helen.
Joining them are Killing Eve star Sean Delaney as Tom, who recently starred in Brilliant Jerks at Southwark Playhouse; plus Jessica Alade as Clara, Richard Cant as Pawnie, Hugh Ross as David, Evan Milton as Bruce, and Esme Scarborough as Preston.
Directed by 2022 Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award nominee Daniel Raggett, this revival of one of Noel Coward’s earliest works comes 50 years after the playwrights death, and is a brilliantly witty and stinging portrait of the darkness beneath the glittering surface of the Jazz Age.
It caused a sensation when it opened in 1924, and made the young Noel Coward a star.
Lia Williams’s multi award-winning roles include Wallis Simpson in The Crown, Dr Cooper in His Dark Materials, and on stage Mary Stuart (Almeida & West End) and John Gabriel Borkman (The Bridge).
Joshua James returns to the Festival Theatre where he appeared in the Young Chekhov trilogy as Nikolai in Platonov and Konstantin in The Seagull, for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award.
The Vortex will have set design by Joanna Scotcher, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, music and sound design by Giles Thomas, movement by Michela Meazza and casting by Lotte Hines CDG.