Michael Grandage has announced the final casting for his production of Peter and Alice, a new play by John Logan that forms part of his season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre.
As previously announced, the play will star Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in the title roles of Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewelyn Davies, the real-life inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Joining Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in Peter and Alice, which runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 9 March to 1 June 2013,will be Olly Alexander, Ruby Bentall, Stefano Braschi, Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell.
The play will be directed by Michael Grandage, with design by Christopher Oram.
Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale continues its successful run at the Noel Coward Theatre as part of Michael Grandage’s season.
Olly Alexander plays Peter Pan. His theatre work includes Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion Theatre) and The Aliens (Bush Theatre). For television, his credits include Skins, The Fades and Summerhill; and for film, Le Weekend, God Help the Girl, Great Expectations, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, The Dish and The Spoon, Gulliver’s Travels, Dust, Tormented, Bright Star and Enter the Void.
Ruby Bentall plays Alice in Wonderland. For theatre, her credits include Hansel and Gretel, Grief, The Miracle, DNA, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (National Theatre), Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), and Alice (Sheffield Crucible). Her television work includes The Paradise, Larkrise to Candelford, New Tricks, Lost in Austen and Oliver Twist; and for film, Robin Hood, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler and Tormented.
Stefano Braschi plays Arthur Davies/Reggie Hargreaves/Michael Davies. His theatre work for Michael Grandage at the Donmar includes Richard II and King Lear (also national tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music. His other theatre work includes The Guinea Pig Club (York Theatre Royal), Danton’s Death (National Theatre), Warm (Nordland Theatre, Norway) and This Much is True (Theatre 503). His television credits include Miranda, The Best Possible Taste, Conviction, Benidorm, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Come Fly With Me, Sherlock: The Great Game and The Persuasionists.
Judi Dench plays Alice Liddell Hargreaves. Dench’s theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Madame de Sade (Donmar West End), Hay Fever, The Breath of Life (Haymarket Theatre), Merry Wives of Windsor, All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC), Amy’s View (National Theatre and Broadway) and A Little Night Music (National Theatre). For television, her credits include Cranford, As Time Goes By and Last of the Blonde Bombshells; and for film, Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, J.Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jane Eyre, The Quantum of Solace, Notes on a Scandal, Casino Royale, Mrs Henderson Presents, Pride and Prejudice, Iris, Chocolat, Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress) and Mrs Brown.
Nicholas Farrell plays Lewis Carroll. For theatre his work includes South Downs/ Browning Version (Chichester Festival Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre), Stuff Happens, Dinner (National Theatre), The Lady in the Van (Queen’s Theatre), The Strip (Royal Court), Walpurgis Night (Gate Theatre), Kean (Old Vic) and The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych Theatre). For television, his credits include The Special Relationship, Torchwood, Collision, Rebus, Talk to Me, The Roman Mysteries, Persuasion, Suburban Shootout, Jericho, Trial and Retribution, Bedtime Stories, Absolute Power, The Jury, Lipstick on Your Collar and The Jewel in the Crown; and for film, Amazing Grace, Driving Lessons, The Third Wave, Charlotte Gray, Bloody Sunday, Pearl Harbour and Beautiful People.
Derek Riddell plays JM Barrie. For theatre his credits include Knives in Hens (Royal Exchange), Victoria (RSC), The Cosmonaut (Tron Theatre), The Juji Girl (Traverse Theatre) and Anna Karenina (Shared Experience). His television work includes Frankie, DCI Banks, Ripper Street, Bob Servant Independent, More Than Words: Mightier than the Sword, Bad Sugar, Garrow’s Law, Death in Paradise, Field of Blood, Five Days, Trust Me, Ugly Betty, State of Mind, Forgiven, No Angels, The Book Group, Clocking Off and The Project; and for film, Twenty 8K, The Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, To Hell With Love and Best Laid Plans.
Ben Whishaw plays Peter Llewelyn Davies. His theatre work includes The Pride (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Cock (Royal Court Theatre), Some Trace of Her, The Seagull (National Theatre), Leaves of Glass (Soho Theatre), Mercury Fur (Paines Plough) and Hamlet (Old Vic). For television, his credits include Richard II, The Hour, All Signs of Death, Criminal Justice – International Emmy Award for Best Actor, Nathan Barley and Other People’s Children; and for film, For Viola And Piano, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.