Wednesday, 2 January 2008

The Crucible - Casting News

Happy New Year one and all! Hope you all enjoyed your festive break and are looking forward to what 2008 will bring. We've got some great theatre planned for 2008 continuing with the run of A Christmas Carol (playing until 19 January) and followed by The Crucible which opens at the end of the month.

I am particularly excited about The Crucible as this will be the first time I have seen a production here staged in 'the round' and according to my longer serving colleagues it will be the first time we have staged an Octagon production in the round since 2002! So welcome back 'the round' - its nice to see you again!

Not only will be welcoming this new seating shape, I would also like to welcome one of the biggest casts to ever grace the Octagon stage. Mark has assembled a fine cast which includes some Octagon Theatre favourites making a welcome return including some MEN Theatre award winners amongst them and some actors new to Octagon audiences. I am sure you will welcome them in your usual positive, enthusiatic way!

Matt Rixon, who appeared in the recent smash hit Oh What A Lovely War, is joined by Hayley Jayne Standing and Sue Twist who appeared in the Manchester Evening News award-winning play And Did Those Feet. John Proctor will be played by Chook Sibtain from the opening show of the Anniversary Season, Lisa's Sex Strike.

Left to right: Matt Rixon, Hayley Jayne Standing, Susan Twist, Chook Sibtain

Other Octagon Theatre regulars Eileen O'Brien, who previously appeared in The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 2005 and won an MEN award for her performance, Leigh Symonds who also received an MEN award for his role in Popcorn, Maireed Conneely (Shining City), Catherine Kinsella (A View From the Bridge) and Stuart Fox who along with the other members of the cast was nominated for yet another MEN award for Best Actor in a Visiting Production for Blue/Orange.

Left to right: Eileen O'Brien, Leigh Symonds, Mairead Conneely, Catherine Kinsella and Stuart Fox


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