Casting announced for Trafalgar Studios revival The Pride
| By London Theatre Direct
Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton and Al Weaver will head the cast in Jamie Lloyd and Howard Panter's third Trafalgar Transformed production, The Pride, at the Trafalgar Studios, previewing from 8 August. They will be joined by Gavin & Stacey's Mathew Horne. The multi award-winning show had a hugely well-received run previously at Upstairs at The Royal Court in 2008 for a limited run.
The Pride will run through to the 9th of November and follows hot on the heels of the first two Jamie Lloyd directed shows in the Trafalgar Transformed season, Macbeth starring James McAvoy and current show The Hothouse with John Simm and Simon Russell Beale.
Lloyd said “My hope is that each production in the Trafalgar Transformed season engages directly with the world outside the theatre's walls. Entering into the advancing debate about equal marriage, I am thrilled to announce the third production in the season - the West End premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's modern masterpiece, The Pride. The production features an outstanding quartet of young, British acting talent. I am delighted to be reunited with three actors I have had the good fortune of working with before - Hayley Atwell (The Faith Machine), Harry Hadden-Paton (She Stoops To Conquer) and Al Weaver (Inadmissible Evidence). They will be joined by the brilliant Mathew Horne."
He continued "Only 85 people a night got the chance to see The Pride during a very short run when Alexi and I premiered the play Upstairs at the Royal Court in 2008, so I am very excited that a bigger, more diverse London audience will now get the chance to see the play in this brand-new production."
Hayley Atwell was last on stage in Alexi’s The Faith Machine at the Royal Court, also directed by Jamie Lloyd. Previous stage credits include A View from The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre (for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress), Major Barbara at the National Theatre (for which she received an Ian Charleson Commendation in 2009) and Women Beware Women for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hayley’s television credits include Life of Crime, Black Mirror, Pillars of the Earth (Nominated for Best Actress in a Mini Series, Golden Globe Awards 2011), The Prisoner, Mansfield Park and Ruby in the Smoke. Her film credits include All Is By My Side, The Man, The Sweeney, Captain America – The First Avenger, The Duchess (Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, British Independent Film Awards 2008), Brideshead Revisited, How About You and Cassandra’s Dream.
Harry Hadden-Paton’s stage credits include The Changeling at the Young Vic, She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, No Naughty Bits at Hampstead Theatre, Flare Path at the Haymarket Theatre, The Prince of Hamburg at the Donmar Warehouse, Posh at the Royal Court Theatre and The Importance of Being Earnest at Bath Theatre Royal/National Tour/West End. Harry’s television credits include Drifters, Silk, Richard II, Waking the Dead and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and his film credits include About Time, The Deep Blue Sea, In the Loop and La Vie En Rose.
Al Weaver’s stage credits include Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, The Seagull at the Arcola Theatre, The House of Games at the Almeida Theatre, How to Curse at the Bush Theatre, Coram Boy at the National Theatre, and Hamlet at the Old Vic. Al’s television credits include Southcliffe, The Frontier, Secret State, Sherlock, Survivors, Personal Affairs and The Devils Whore. His film credits include Honeymooner, Powder, Me and Orson Welles, Marie Antoinette and The Merchant of Venice.
Mathew Horne’s stage credits include Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Entertaining Mr Sloane at Trafalgar Studios. He is best known on screen for his regular roles in Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education and The Catherine Tate Show. Other television credits include Hey Diddly Dee, Death in Paradise, Sinbad, Marple, Worried about the Boy, Horne and Corden, Roman’s Empire, Teachers, 20 Things to do Before you’re 30 and The Proposal.
The Pride was Alexi Kaye Campbell's first play and won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an affiliate theatre, a Critic’s Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and the John Whiting award for Best New Play. Campbell's second play, Apologia, staged at The Bush Theatre, was short listed for The John Whiting Award and nominated for Best Play at the Writers Guild Awards 2009. His current play, Bracken Moor (for Shared Experience) is currently running at the Tricycle Theatre.
The Pride tickets will be on sale shortly.