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FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR TIPPING THE VELVET

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 24 August 2015

Kirsty Besterman, David Cardy, Amanda Hadingue, Adelle Leonce and Andy Rush will join the previously announced Sally Messham and Laura Rogers in Laura Wade’s new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel, Tipping the Velvet, directed by Lyndsey Turner. They will be supported by a young ensemble. Tipping the Velvet will open at the Lyric Hammersmith on 28 September 2015, with previews from 18 September.

It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley (Sally Messham) sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler (Laura Rogers), a girl who wears trousers. Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.

JARED ASHE (Walter)
FOR THE LYRIC: Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Brief Encounter (Windsor Theatre Royal); The Low Road (Royal Court); Radio Times (Watermill Theatre); Black Coffee (Chichester Festival Theatre); Up 'N' Under, The Taming Of The Shrew (Queen's Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Mikado (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Oh What A Lovely War (Basingstoke Haymarket); Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Arturo Ui (Watford Palace).

KIRSTY BESTERMAN (Diana)
FOR THE LYCEUM: Private Lives
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Arcadia (ETT & ATG); Separate Tables, Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse); Tonight at 8.30 (ETT); The Precariat, Foxfinder (Finborough Theatre); The School for Scandal (Park Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); Othello (Cheek by Jowl) and The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe).
TELEVISION AND FILM CREDITS INCLUDE: Father Brown, Silent Witness, Foyles War, Doctors and Chicken.

TAMARA CAMACHO (Young Ensemble)
Tamara is a member of the Lyric Young Company.
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Dream Girls (Costa Del Sol).

DAVID CARDY (Chairman)
FOR THE LYRIC: Ghost Stories (and Duke of York’s Theatre)
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Made in Dagenham (Adelphi); Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy Theatre and Wyndhams Theatre); Basket Case (UK Tour); Caught in the Net, Not Now Darling (Sonning Theatre); Treasure Island (Rose Theatre Kingston) and All Quiet on the Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse and UK Tour).
TELEVISION AND FILM CREDITS INCLUDE: Birds Of A Feather, The Bill, No Sweat, Prick Up Your Ears, The Keep and Three Steps to Heaven.

GRACE FROGLEY (Young Ensemble)
Grace is a member of the Lyric Young Company. Tipping the Velvet will be her first professional production.

AMANDA HADINGUE (General Woman)
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Theatre); Playing for Time (Sheffield Crucible); Small Family Business (National Theatre); Rising Damp (Tour); The Master and Margarita (Complicité); Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe); Get Santa (Royal Court); The Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew (RSC) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Court).
TELEVISION AND FILM CREDITS INCLUDE: Holby City, Jonathan Creek, Lead Balloon, Serves You Right, Black Pond and The Queen.

RU HAMILTON (Sweet Alice)
Ru has recently graduated from the actor-musicianship course at Rose Bruford. Whilst training Ru took part in two R&D residencies at the North Wall, Oxford with Iron Shoes and Theatre Ad Infinitum. Tipping the Velvet will be his first professional production.

ADELLE LEONCE (Florence)
FOR THE LYRIC: Secret Theatre Company
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre).
TELEVISION CREDITS INCLUDE: Shameless, Vera and In the Garden.

GEORGIE LORD (Young Ensemble)
Georgie is a member of the Lyric Young Company. She graduated from LAMDA’s one year Foundation Course in 2014. Tipping the Velvet will be her first professional production.

SALLY MESSHAM (Nancy)
Sally has recently graduated from RADA. Tipping the Velvet will be her first professional lead role on stage.
TELEVISION CREDITS INCLUDE: Midwinter of the Spirit.

LAURA ROGERS (Kitty)
THE LYCEUM: Pressure (a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre).
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDES: An Ideal Husband, Blue Remembered Hills, Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre); Masterpieces (Royal Court); The 39 Steps (West End); 55 Days (Hampstead) Macbeth and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe).
TELEVISION CREDITS INCLUDE: New Tricks, Dates, Dr Who, The Smoke, Law and Order: UK, Midsomer Murders, Bad Girls and The Sins.

ANDY RUSH (Ralph)
FOR THE LYRIC: Dick Whittington and his Cat
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area (Pink Snail Theatre Company); Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night (The Lamb Players); Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre) and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre).
TELEVISION AND FILM CREDITS INCLUDE: Waterloo Road, New Tricks, Tommy Cooper – Not like that, like this, ID2:Shadwell Army, Wizards vs Aliens, Here & Now and Casualty.

AASIYA SHAH (Young Ensemble)
Aasiya is a member of the Lyric Young Company. Tipping the Velvet will be her first professional production.

SARAH VEZMAR (Blake)
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Hindle Wakes, Alice In Wonderland (Bolton Octagon); The Comedy Of Errors, The Secret Garden (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK Tour); Can't Stand Up For Falling Down, Legend Of King Arthur (York Theatre Royal); Sugar Daddies (Oldham Coliseum/Harrogate Theatre); The Rime of Ancient Mariner (The Marine Theatre/UK Tour) and Cinderella (Liverpool Playhouse).

Full company includes Jared Ashe (Walter), Kirsty Besterman (Diana), Tamara Camacho (Young Ensemble), David Cardy (Chairman), Grace Frogley (Young Ensemble), Amanda Hadingue (General Woman), Ru Hamilton (Sweet Alice), Adelle Leonce (Florence), Georgie Lord (Young Ensemble), Sally Messham (Nancy), Laura Rogers (Kitty), Andy Rush (Ralph), Aasiya Shah (Young Ensemble), Sarah Vezmar (Blake).

Based on the book by Sarah Waters
New adaption by Laura Wade
Directed by Lyndsey Turner
Design by Lizzie Clachan
Choreography by Alistair David
Lighting by Jon Clark
Music by Michael Bruce
Sound by Nick Manning
Illusions by Richard Pinner
Musical Direction by Dan Jackson
Casting by Julia Horan CDG

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LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SIAN ALEXANDER AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 11 August 2015

Today it is officially announced that Sian Alexander has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. She will officially take up the role from 5 October 2015. She succeeds Jessica Hepburn who is leaving the Lyric after nearly a decade as Executive Director to focus on her writing career and who, as her last act for the Lyric is swimming the English Channel to raise money for the theatre’s work with disadvantaged children.

Sian Alexander has been a senior management consultant in the arts for the past five years during which time she has worked with the Nuffield in Southampton, Creative Industry Finance, Tricycle Theatre and the World Stages Consortium among others. From 2012 to 2014 she was Executive Director of the Bush Theatre and prior to that was Associate Director of Julie’s Bicycle from 2010 to 2013 and Head of Theatre in London at Arts Council England for 10 years until 2010. She is Chair of the Trustees for Frantic Assembly as well as being on the Boards of Julie’s Bicycle and the Gate Theatre. Sian became a Clore Fellow in 2006.

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director said “I'm delighted Sian Alexander will soon join us as our new Executive Director. 2015 has been monumental for the Lyric with the reopening of the building following its £20 million capital development and the coming years will be a very exciting time. I look forward to working with Sian as we take the Lyric on into its next chapter.”

Sian Alexander said “The Lyric is my local theatre and I’ve been a huge fan of its work for years. It is an honour now to lead the theatre alongside Sean Holmes and to work together to realise the fantastic potential of the Lyric’s new spaces for artists, audiences and young people.”

Further details on how to sponsor Jessica Hepburn’s swim across the English Channel can be found on the JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Jessica-Hepburn

Casting Announced for Tipping the Velvet

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 10 August 2015

Sally Messham and Laura Rogers to lead the cast in
Tipping the Velvet
Based on the book by Sarah Waters
Adapted by Laura Wade
Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Sally Messham and Laura Rogers, are to star as Nancy ‘Nan’ Astley and Kitty Butler in Laura Wade’s electrifying new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel, Tipping The Velvet, directed by Lyndsey Turner.

It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley (Sally Messham) sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler (Laura Rogers), a girl who wears trousers. Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.

Sally Messham plays Nancy ‘Nan’ Astley. Sally has recently graduated from RADA where she appeared in productions of The Sugar Wife, Women of Twilight, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Stasiland and After Mies Julie. Tipping the Velvet will be her first professional lead role on stage. She will also be appearing in the new ITV drama Midwinter of the Spirit alongside Anna Maxwell Martin.

Laura Rogers plays Kitty Butler. Laura’s theatre credits including An Ideal Husband, Blue Remembered Hills, Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Pressure (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Masterpieces (Royal Court), Three Sisters (The Wapping Project), 55 Days (Hampstead), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, A New World, A Life of Thomas Paine, As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), 39 Steps (West End), The Dark Philosophers (National Theatre of Wales), and Gloucestershire(Arcola). On television she has appeared in New Tricks, Twelfth Night, Dr Who – Christmas Special, (BBC), The Smoke (Sky 1), Law and Order: UK, Midsomer Murders (ITV), Dates (Channel 4) andDark Matters (Discovery Channel).

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Sarah Waters has written six novels: Tipping the Velvet (1998, Betty Trask Award); Affinity (1999, Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award); Fingersmith (2002, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the South Bank Show Award for Literature and the CWA Historical Dagger); The Night Watch (2006, shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize); The Little Stranger (2009, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the South Bank Show Literature Award) and The Paying Guests (2014, shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction).

She was included in Granta's prestigious list of 'Best of Young British Novelists 2003', and in the same year was voted Author of the Year at the British Book Awards and the BA Conference, and won the Waterstone's Author of the Year Award. TV and film adaptations include Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith and The Night Watch for the BBC and Affinity for ITV. For the stage, Sarah co-wrote, with Christopher Green, The Frozen Scream which premiered in December 2014 at the Cardiff Millennium Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome.

Laura Wade most recently wrote the screenplay for The Riot Club, an adaption of her play Posh, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014. Directed by Lone Scherfig the film stars Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth. Posh, opened at the Duke of York’s in the West End in 2012 having originally played at the Royal Court in 2010. Her other work includes Alice, a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) directed by Lyndsey Turner, Other Hands (Soho Theatre) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sydney Opera House and Australian national tour). In 2006 she won thePearson Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for her plays Colder Than Here (Soho Theatre) and Breathing Corpses (Royal Court).

Lyndsey Turner’s credits include       Chimerica (Almeida & West End), Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Contractions,A Miracle, Our Private Life(Royal Court); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Edgar And Annabel, There Is A War (National Theatre); Joseph K and Nocturnal (Gate Theatre); My Romantic History (Traverse, Bush & Sheffield Theatres) and The Lesson (Arcola). She has worked at the Royal Court as Trainee Associate Director and International Associate and as Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres where her work includes Alice and The Way of the World. Lyndsey is currently directing Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at The Barbican.

Further casting to be announced.

Written by Sarah Waters
Adapted by Laura Wade
Directed by Lyndsey Turner
Design by Lizzie Clachan
Choreography by Alistair David
Lighting by Jon Clark
Music by Michael Bruce   
Sound by Nick Manning
Illusions by Richard Pinner
Casting by Julia Horan

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