The full cast has been announced for the highly anticipated West End transfer of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Good People, starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen.
Having enjoyed massive successful during when it made its UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, the sell-out production transfers to the Noёl Coward Theatre for a strictly limited season of ten weeks. Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall commented, saying: "I am utterly delighted that Good People is having this very well-deserved West End run."
Lindsay-Abaire's sharp, acerbic and funny play follows one woman's life when she meets an old flame in a chance encounter. Presented with this opportunity she decides to use it to improve her situation, an endeavor that ends in comedic disaster. Good people
was originally premiered on Broadway where it won the New York Drama Desk Critic's Circle Award for Best Play of the year. Lindsay-Abaire made his Hampstead Theatre debut with this production, having already made a name for himself in literature and film. His many credits include his Pulitzer Prize winning and critically acclaimed Rabbit Hole which went on to earn several Tony Award nominations and became a film starring Nicole Kidman. His directing credits are numerous and include Sweeney Todd, and this summer Gypsy, both at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and both starring Imelda Staunton. He also directed Private Lives in Chichester and in the West End.
If you were born in South Boston you've started life on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will need all the energy you can muster. Margie (Imelda Staunton) is a sharp-tongued single-mother on the edge. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him, but when Margie's plan brings unexpected consequences for her and the unsuspecting Mike (Lloyd Owen), both must look to the past to re-examine the choices and secrets that brought them back together.
The cast of Good People
at the Noël Coward Theatre is led by multi-award winning actress Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen. The full cast includes Lorraine Ashbourne (National Theatre's Three Sisters, She's in Your Hands, and King Kong) as Jean, Matthew Barker (Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, EastEnders, Merlin) as Stevie, Susan Brown as Dottie, and Angel Coulby as Kate.
Imelda Staunton's highly successful career includes film, television and theatre alike. Her most recent roles in theatre were Cicle Mirror (Royal Court), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival), winning her Oliver Award for Best Actress in a Musical, A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre) and Entertaining Mr Sloane (Trafalgar Studios). She is well-known for her appearances on film with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Vera Drake, Another Year, and Maleficent. Staunton's television credits include Psychoville, Cranford Chronicles, and The Girl, for which her work was recognized with Emmy and Bafta Award nominations.
Lloyd Owen appeared in Loyalty at the Hampstead Theatre in 2011. His other stage credits include The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Stuff Happens (National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage) (National Theatre), and Blood and Gifts (National Theatre).
Angel Coulby, best known for her television work as Guinevere in BBC One's much loved Merlin (5 series), has multiple theatre credits to her name as well. They include The Hypochondriac (Young Vic), and Lavender Blue (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh). Her other television credits include Doctor Who, Legless, and Dancing on the Edge.
Susan Brown has had a long career in theatre and has made a name for herself on screen as well. Her long list of theatre credits includes Julius Caesar (Donmar at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York), Making Noise Quietly, The Wild Duck (Donmar), You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep, Goodbye To All That, Seagulls, Gibraltar Strait, Downfall, Shirley, and Road (Royal Court). Her television credits include such popular shows as Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Game of Thrones, Torchwood, Prime Suspect, and Wire in the Blood.
By Jacob Porteous