Huge Cast Announced For ‘Girl From The North Country’ At The Old Vic Theatre

Casting is today announced for Girl from the North Country which previews from Monday 10 July 2017.

The Old Vic is proud to present the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.

Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

We have got some rehearsal images to share right here:

Girl from the North Country features a stellar cast:

Sheila Atim plays Marianne Laine. Recent theatre credits include Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre). Other theatre credits include Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta 2813AprApr1717 PRESS RELEASE 28 Apr 17 (RSC), Black Lives Black Words – The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre). Sheila’s television credits include I Live With Models.

Ron Cook plays Doctor Walker. His theatre credits include The Children, Our Country’s Good, The Recruiting Officer, Cloud Nine (Royal Court), Faith Healer, Trelawny of the Wells, Richard II, King Lear, Juno and the Paycock, Glengarry Glen Ross (Donmar Warehouse), The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios), Henry V (Noel Coward Theatre), Hamlet and Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s Theatre). Ron’s television credits include City and the City, Mr Selfridge, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Silent Witness, Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Funland, The Lost Prince and The Singing Detective. His film credits include Hot Fuzz, The Merchant of Venice, Thunderbirds, 24 Hour Party People, Charlotte Gray, Chocolat, Topsy Turvy and Secrets & Lies.

Bronagh Gallagher plays Mrs Burke. Theatre credits include The Faith Machine, Dublin Carol (Royal Court), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and War Horse (National Theatre). Film credits include Return to Montauk, Sherlock Holmes, Tamara Drewe, Tristan & Isolde, Last Chance Harvey, The Commitments, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Television credits include You Me and the Apocalypse, The Street, The Accused.

Shirley Henderson plays Elizabeth Laine. Shirley’s career spans film, television and theatre; her extensive theatre credits include Shining Souls (The Old Vic), The Maiden Stone, Lions in the Streets (Hampstead Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Court), Entertaining Strangers, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest (National Theatre), Eurydice (Chichester Festival), Anna Weiss (Whitehall Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Citizens Theatre) and The Life of Stuff (Traverse Theatre). On screen, Shirley is best known for films Trainspotting, Bridget Jones and the Harry Potter series, and for her roles in television dramas Frozen and Southcliffe, she won the BAFTA Scotland Award for ‘Best Actress’ in both. Other television credits include Happy Valley, Jamaica Inn, Bob Servant Independent, Death In Paradise, Treasure Island, Crimson Petal and the White, Marple: Murder is Easy, Dr Who, The Taming Of The Shrew and Dirty Filthy Love, and her other film credits include Okja, Never Steady, Never Still, Love Song: Wolf Alice, Urban Hymn, The Tale Of Tales, The Caravan, Set Fire To The Stars, Filth, The Look Of Love, Anna Karenina, Everyday, Wild Child and Marie Antoinette.

Ciaran Hinds plays Nick Laine. Ciaran has worked extensively for the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Gate Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Theatre credits include Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive, Assassins (Donmar Warehouse), Juno and The Paycock, Burnt By The Sun, Machinal (National Theatre), Closer (National Theatre and Broadway), The Yalta Game (Gate Theatre), Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Simpatico (Royal Court) and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company). Broadway credits include The Crucible, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof and The Seafarer. Film credits include Bleed for This, Silence, Frozen, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Debt, The Eclipse, There Will Be Blood, Miami Vice, Munich, Phantom of the Opera, Road to Perdition, Veronica Guerin, Calendar Girls, Tombraider II, The Sun of all Fears and Persuasion. Television credits include Game of Thrones, Political Animals, Above Suspicion, Rome, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre and Persuasion.

Claudia Jolly plays Katherine Draper. A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Claudia was recently seen in the BBC adaptation of NW and is soon to appear in the film On Chesil Beach.

Arinzé Kene plays Joe Scott. His theatre credits include One Night In Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Decade (Headlong), Been So Long (Young Vic Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Torn (Arcola Theatre). Arinzé’s television credits include Crazyhead, Our Girl, Youngers, EastEnders and Casualty. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle.

Debbie Kurup plays Mrs Neilsen. Her theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre London), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre and UK), Boogie Nights (Savoy Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres and UK tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire), East (Leicester Curve), Fame (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Poison (Tricycle Theatre). Debbie’s film credits include 28 Weeks Later, Hollow, Beauty and Lethality.

Jim Norton plays Mr Perry. Jim most recently appeared on Broadway as Giles Corey in Ivo van Hove’s production of The Crucible. Jim’s other Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian’s Rainbow, The Weir and Dublin Carol. His London theatre credits include Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse), Port Authority (Ambassadors Theatre), The Contractor and The Changing Room (Royal Court) and he worked extensively at the National Theatre from 1975 to 1985. He won both an Olivier and Tony Award for his performance as Richard Harkin in The Seafarer. His film credits include Jimmy’s Hall, Water For Elephants, The Eclipse, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Driving Lessons, Oyster Farmer, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Television credits include River, Elementary, Stan, Frasier, Poirot and Star Trek: the Next Generation. Jim has most recently finished playing the role of Binnacle in Walt Disney Picture’s feature film, Mary Poppins Returns.

Sam Reid plays Gene Laine. His theatre credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and One Night In November (Belgrade Theatre). Sam’s television credits include Tennison, Codes of Conduct, Astronauts Wives Club, Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly, Hatfields & McCoys, Whitechapel, Endeavour, Spooks, MI-5 and All Saints. His film credits include Limehouse Golem, 2:22, Despite the Falling Snow, Serena, Tigers, The Riot Club, ’71, Belle and The Railway Man

Michael Shaeffer plays Reverend Marlowe. Theatre credits include All About My Mother (The Old Vic), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Little Revolution, Mr Burns (Almeida), Godchild (Hampstead Theatre), Table, London Road, Threepenny Opera (National Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour). Television credits include SS-GB, Oasis, Taboo, Grantchester and Game of Thrones, and film credits include Rogue One, London Road and Trance.

Jack Shalloo plays Elias Burke. Theatre credits include Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Snow Queen (The Nuffield Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal), Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre) and Our House (Birmingham Rep and Original UK Tour). Jack’s television credits include People Just Do Nothing, Dickensian, The Interceptor, Doctors, Miranda Hart’s New Year’s Eve Sketch Show, The Man Who Loved The Lakes, EastEnders, Out Of Control, Holby City, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Bill. His film credits include Fit, Kick-Off and Bashment.

Stanley Townsend plays Mr Burke. His theatre credits include The Nether, The Alice Trilogy, The Weir (Royal Court), King Lear, Phedre, Gethsemane, Happy Now, Remember This (National Theatre), The Dead (Abbey Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle and Vaudeville Theatres) and A View From The Bridge (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh). Stanley’s television credits include Redwater, The Collection, Galavant, The Tunnel II, The Hollow Crown 2, 24: Live Another Day, New Worlds, Toast, Ripper Street 2, Fleming, Quirke – Christine Falls, Fresh Meat, Mad Dogs III, Call The Midwife, An Appropriate Adult, The Shadow Line, Zen, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Pink, Ashes to Ashes, New Tricks, Foyle’s War and Spooks. His film credits include The Current War, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Voices, One Chance, Standby, The Physician, Lovely Louise, Hilde, Killing Bono, Water’s Rising, Happy Go Lucky, The Tiger’s Tale, Flawless and The Libertine.

You can listen to the company of Girl from the North Country perform extracts from Bob Dylan’s iconic songbook by clicking on the following link:

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Matthew has been writing for the past 5 years about music, sports and movies and has now finally got his chance to write about theatre. Having previously worked for the likes of Kerrang and Uncut, as well as previously having a radio show for 6 Towns, he has interviewed hundreds of bands throughout his career.

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