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The Full Cast Has Been Announced For The UK Tour Of ‘Rules For Living’


Edith must clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie.

Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang – like oh so many Christmas crackers.

The regional première of this darkly funny play is produced in collaboration with the producing team, English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston, who recently won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed.

Sam Holcroft recently adapted Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox for Nuffield Southampton Theatres.  She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The WardrobeEdgar And AnnabelDancing BearsWhile You LiePinkVanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Jane Booker plays Edith.  She previously worked with Simon Godwin on The Beaux Strategem (National Theatre).  In addition to seasons with the RSC, her other theatre work includes The Secret Rapture (Bristol Old Vic), The Memory of Water (Hampstead Theatre) and Sense & Sensibility (Watermill Theatre).  Her television credits include Inspector Morse, Titmuss Regained, Murder Most Horrid, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Creek, Foyle’s War, The Only Boy for Me, North & South and My Family.  Her film work includes Neverland.

Jolyon Coy plays Matthew.  His previous theatre work includes The Merchant of VeniceHoly WarriorsAnthony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Little Eylof (Almeida Theatre), Creditors (Young Vic), Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Our Boys (Duchess Theatre) and Posh (Royal Court and West End).  For television, his work includes Peaky BlindersThe WindsorsWar and Peace and Mr Selfridge; and for film, Beauty and the BeastTestament of YouthThe Fifth Estate and The Deep blue Sea.

Ed Hughes plays Adam.  His previous theatre credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh), Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Vault Festival), This House (National Theatre), Democracy (Sheffield Theatres), Enron (Headlong/Royal Court and West End), Rough Crossings (Headlong), The Canterbury Tales (RSC), Hamlet (Old Vic). His television work includes Ripper StreetDriftersThe Honourable Woman and Wallander.

Carlyss Peer plays Carrie.  Her theatre credits include Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Jefferson’s Garden (Watford Palace Theatre), HamletA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath and Theatre Royal Haymarket).  For television, her work includes PixiesGrantchesterBrief EncountersPeter and WendyHolby City (series regular Bonnie Wallis), Eternal Law and Silent Witness.

Laura Rogers plays Nicole.  Her recent theatre work includes A Lie of the Mind (Defibrillator/Southwark Playhouse), Winter Solstice (Orange Tree Theatre), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (The Print Room), Private Lives (UK tour), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), An Ideal HusbandPressure (Chichester Festival Theatre), Masterpieces (Royal Court), 55 Days and Revelations (Hampstead Theatre).  Her television credits includeDatesDark MattersMissing and Bad Girls.

Paul Shelley plays Francis.  His theatre credits include Brideshead Revisited (English Touring Theatre), All My Sons (National Tour), The Secret Rapture, The Crucible, Hedda Gabler, Lady in The Dark (National Theatre), Les Liaisons DangereusesThe Winter’s Tale, The Twin Rivals, Dingo, Bingo (RSC), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle), Earthquakes in London (UK tour), Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse) and Macbeth (Chichester, West End, New York). His television credits include Paradise Postponed, Titmus Regained, A Tale of Two Cities, Morse, Secret Army, Revelations, Dr Who, Blake’s 7. His film includes Oh! What a Lovely War, Polanski’s Macbeth, Macbeth, Caught in the Act, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet.

Simon Godwin directs.  He was previously Associate Director at Royal & Derngate, Northampton where his credits include Regeneration (also tour), The Seagull, Habeas Corpus, Relatively Speaking and The Quartermaines Terms (with Salisbury Playhouse).  He is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where he has directed Twelfth NightSunset at the Villa Thalia, The Beaux Stratagem, Man and Superman and Strange Interlude.  His work for the Royal Court includes RoutesIf You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You SleepNSFWThe WitnessGoodbye to All ThatThe Acid Test and Wanderlust. For Bristol Old Vic, he has directed The Little MermaidKrapp’s Last TapeA Kind of AlaskaFaith Healer andFar Away. His other credits include Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout, New York), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Candida (Theatre Royal Bath) and The Winter’s Tale (Headlong with Nuffield Theatre & Schtanhaus/UK tour).

Opens at:

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

8 – 30 September

Box office: 01604 624811 


Before touring to:

Cambridge Arts Theatre

3 – 7 October

Box office: 01223 503 333


Theatre Royal Windsor

10 – 14 October

Box office: 01753 853 888


Theatre Royal Brighton

17 – 21 October

Box office: 0844 871 7627


New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

31 October – 4 November

Box office: 01473 295900


Rose Theatre Kingston

7 – 18 November

Box office: 020 8174 0090

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