The Rose Theatre Kingston has announced casting for Noël Coward's The Vortex,
7 February - 2 March.
Described as 'un peu shocking', The Vortex was a huge success when first seen in 1924. The relationship between the decadent, drug-addicted Nicky Lancaster and his flamboyant mother, Florence, still packs an extraordinary punch.
Florence Lancaster is played by Kerry Fox, whose film credits include 'An Angel at My Table', 'Shallow Grave', 'Bright Star and 'Intimacy'. Most recently she has appeared in Jonathan Teplitzky's 'Burning Man', Iain Softley's 'Trap for Cinderella', PJ Hogan's 'Mental' and Andrew Adamson's 'Mister Pip' in which she plays Hugh Laurie's wife. She was last on the London stage in Toby Frow's production of Speaking in Tongues.
Earlier this year she appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Face to Face, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name.
David Dawson plays Nicky Lancaster. David was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Olivier Awards 2008 for his performance of Smike in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and for Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Awards for his performance as Gethin Price in Comedians at the Lyric Hammersmith. Currently filming 'Peaky Blinders' for Tiger Aspect, his recent television appearances includes 'Henry IV parts 1 and 2', 'Dancing on The Edge' 'Parade's End', 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood and 'Luther'.
James Dreyfus plays Pauncefort Quentin. James's London recent theatre credits include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Amongst Friends, The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Michael Frayn's Donkey's Years and the Emcee in Cabaret. He was first known for his roles in the BBC TV comedy series' 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' and 'The Thin Blue Line'. Recent TV includes 'Mount Pleasant', 'Shameless', 'Midsomer Murders', Whitechapel', 'Double Time' (in which he played both leading roles) and 'He Kills Coppers'.
Connie Fisher will play Clara Hibbert. Connie rose to fame playing the lead role of Maria to great acclaim in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium and National Tour, having won the role by public vote in the Andrew Lloyd Webber BBC Television programme "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?". Further television credits include a recurring role in 'Casualty' (BBC 1) and Caught in a Trap, a film for ITV. Other theatre credits include Wonderful Town at The Lowry and National Tour and They're Playing Our Song at the Menier Chocolate Factory opposite Alistair McGowan.
In association with Kingston University.