Tamsin Greig and Roger Lloyd Pack will appear in The Trojan Women as Athena and Poseiden in a pre-recorded film that forms part of the production.
They will be seen alongside the previously announced cast of Louise Brealey (Cassandra, Andromache, Helen), Sam Cox (Menelaus), Lucy Ellinson (Chorus), Jon Foster (Talthybius) and Dearbhla Molloy (Hecuba).Caroline Bird’s bold adaptation of The Trojan Women is the opening production in The Aftermath Season which will later continue with the British première of Bruce Norris’s Purple Heart in February 2013.
The war is over. Beyond the prison walls, Troy and its people burn. Inside the prison, the city’s captive women await their fate. Stalking the antiseptic confines of its mother and baby unit is Hecuba, the fallen Trojan queen. But her grief at what has been before will soon be drowned out by the horror of what is to come, as the Greek lust for vengeance consumes everything - man, woman and baby – in its path.
This caustic and radical new version of Euripides's classic tragedy comes from one of the UK’s most exciting young poets –Caroline Bird. Directed by the Gate’s Artistic Director Christopher Haydon, it is an intense, gripping look at what happens when the world collapses.
Tamsin Greig plays Athena. She returns to the Gate, where she previously appeared in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Her other recent theatre credits include Jumpy (Royal Court and Duke of York’s), The Little Dog Laughed, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, and The God of Carnage (both West End), and Gethsemane (National Theatre). She played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC for which she won Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards. Her television credits include Episodes, White Heat, Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Green Wing, The Diary of Anne Frank, Love Soup and Emma. She received a BIFA nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Tamara Drewe.
Roger Lloyd Pack plays Poseiden. His theatre work includes Twelfth Night/Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe and West End),The Seagull (Arcola Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios), Blue/Orange (Sheffield Theatres and tour) and The Dark (Donmar Warehouse). For television, his credits include Hustle, Survivors, The History of Mr Polly, Doctor Who, The Vicar of Dibley (series regular), Only Fools and Horses (series regular), Fish, Longitude and Oliver Twist; and for film,Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Dagenham Girls, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Vanity Fair and The Avengers.
Also announced today, Louise Brealey’s costume for Helen of Troy is generously provided by the French designer Sonia Rykiel - http://www.soniarykiel.com/.