Iain Glen will join Tamsin Greig and John Sessions in William Boyd's debut play, directed by Nina Raine, which opens at Hampstead Theatre at the end of February.
In addition Alan Cox, Tom Georgeson and Mary Roscoe join the outstanding cast of Natasha Little, Eve Ponsonby, William Postlethwaite and Catrin Stewart.
From two short stories by the Russian master Anton Chekhov, award winning novelist William Boyd (An Ice-Cream War, Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart, Restless, Waiting for Sunrise) spins a tale of nineteenth century Russian life both familiar and unfamiliar.
When Kolia is invited to visit his oldest friends on their Estate in the country he anticipates a pleasant break from Moscow life. But as the comedy of provincial life plays out around him, he finds himself adrift in a sea of false expectations, missed opportunities and unspoken passions.
Longing is designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Gareth Fry.
Iain Glen has appeared in many award winning productions. Recent theatre includes Uncle Vanya (Print Room), Ghosts (Duchess Theatre), Wallenstein and Separate Tables (Chichester Festival) and The Crucible (RSC). Film includes The Iron Lady, Pope Joan and Harry Brown. His many TV appearances include Game of Thrones I & II (HB0), DowntonAbbey (ITV) The Magdalen Martyrs, Spooks (BBC) and Into The Storm (BBC)
Award Winning Tamsin Greig has just finished the West End transfer of Jumpy directed by Nina Raine. Previous stage plays include Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Gethsemene (NT), God of Carnage (Geilgud) and Much Ado About Nothing and King John (RSC). TV includes Episodes and White Heat (BBC), Black Books, Green Wing and Friday Night Dinner (Ch 4). She has played Debbie Aldridge in TheArchers since 1991.
A prolific actor, writer and comedian, John Sessions' theatre appearances include My Night With Reg (Royal Court/ Criterion), Waiting for Godot (Young Vic) and The Orton Diaries (NT). TV includes Stella Street, Gormenghast, Breaking the Mold and The History of Tom Jones (BBC), Porterhouse Blue (Ch 4) and The New Statesman (Ytv/New York TV). Amongst many film appearances he has played two Prime Ministers - Edward Heath in The Iron Lady and Harold Wilson in Dagenham Girls.
Nina Raine returns to Hampstead following her 2010 sell-out play Tiger Country, which she both wrote and directed. She directed Tamsin Greig in April De Angelis' critically acclaimed Jumpy (Royal Court and West End), and also directed Shades (Royal Court), Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman) for which she won the TMA Best Director Award and her own debut play Rabbit (Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios, 59E59 New York) which won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright. Other writing credits include Tribes (Royal Court ).
Dates: Thursday 28 February to Saturday 13 April 2013
Times: Mon - Sat eves: 7.30pm Weds Mats: 2.30pm Sat Mats: 3pm Prices: £15 - £29 Concessions available
Tel: 020 7722 9301
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue,London, NW3 3EU