Ticking starring Anthony Head and Tom Hughes at Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studio One, London

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Anthony Head and Tom Hughes star in new play Ticking at Trafalgar Studios 2

Paul Andrew Williams’ new play Ticking will star Anthony Head, Tom Hughes, Niamh Cusack and David Michaels. A gripping and powerful new play from award winning writer and director Paul Andrew Williams’, Ticking follows a you British man awaiting execution in China

Ticking will play a limited season from 6 October 2015 until 7 November at Trafalgar Studios 2.


Simon (Tom Hughes), a young British man, awaits his execution in a Chinese prison cell after being convicted of the murder of a local prostitute. It’s his final visiting hour and his parents (Anthony Head and Niamh Cusack) are due to arrive. He’s a bag of nervous energy and his lawyer (David Michaels) still hasn’t got any news on his appeal. Even the British Prime Minister is calling for a pardon.
As Simon and his parents wait breathlessly to see if his appeal will be successful, Simon must decide whether to confront the past with his father and expose a deeply hidden secret, or leave it buried and say his goodbyes.
Tense, punchy and unflinching, the audience is thrust into the world of the Baron family as they struggle with the knowledge that death by firing squad may be just around the corner.


Anthony Head is best known for his roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin and as the Prime Minister in Little Britain. His theatre credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Royal Court, Duke of York’s Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre) and Chess (Prince Edward Theatre). Anthony’s TV credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin , Little Britain, Dominion, The Invisibles, Doctor Who Confidential and Heroes Unmasked. His film work includes The Inbetweeners Movie, The Iron Lady, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Niamh Cusack’s extensive theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre and West End), The Playboy of the Western World (Old Vic), His Dark Materials (National Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Chichester Festival Theatre), As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company/Barbican), and Three Sisters (Gate Theatre, Dublin & Royal Court). She’s also appeared in the television programmes A Touch of Frost, Always and Everyone, and Heartbeat.

Tom Hughes theatre credits include Sweet Nothings (Young Vic) and Versailles (Donmar). His screen credits include The Game, Derek, Agatha Christie’s Marple, About Time, The Lady Vanishes, Richard II, Silk, Page Eight, Cemetery Junction, Dancing on the Edge, Trinity, The Incident, I Am Soldier and About Time.

David Michaels is best known for his role in Heartbeat, his theatre credits include Herding Cats (Hampstead Theatre) and A Midsummer’s Night Dream (RSC).


Written and direct by Paul Andrew Williams. Further creative to be announced.

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 November 2015

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studio One, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159

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