CALL THE MIDWIFE’S BEN CAPLAN JOINS CAST OF HEDDA GABLER AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
The full cast has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s compelling drama Hedda Gabler, adapted by Brian Friel, which runs in the Main House from Thursday 17 March to Saturday 2 April.
Ben Caplan, know to television audiences as Call the Midwife’s PC Peter Noakes, plays George Tesman and joins the previously announced Kirsty Bushell, Jane Wymark and Petra Markham.
The title role is played by Kirsty Bushell who recently appeared in The Barbican’s international tour of Antigone opposite Juliette Binoche and has performed in many productions for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Jane Wymark, familiar to TV audiences as Joyce Barnaby in ITV’s Midsomer Murders, plays Juliana alongside Petra Markham, recently seen in Salisbury Playhouse’s Separate Tables, as Bertha.
Damian Humbley, whose stage credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End), plays Eilert Loevborg. Completing the cast are David Bark-Jones, whose stage credits include Arcadia at Nottingham Playhouse and Noises Off at The Old Vic, as Judge Brack and Kemi-Bo Jacobs, who recently toured All My Sons with Talawa Theatre Company, as Thea Elvsted.
Newly married and returning from her honeymoon, the free-spirited Hedda already feels trapped by both her marriage and her life. Feeling captive in her own home and fighting against her conventional existence, she soon begins to manipulate those around her, with shocking consequences.
Played out over 24 hours, Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s startling play is both unexpectedly funny and deeply human as it hurtles towards its destructive conclusion.
Henrik Ibsen’s plays include Ghosts, A Doll’s House and Peer Gynt. Brian Friel was one of Ireland’s leading playwrights and his works include Faith Healer and Dancing at Lughnasa.
Directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s artistic director Gareth Machin, Hedda Gabler is designed by James Button (Little Shop of Horrors and Worst Wedding Ever at Salisbury Playhouse), with lighting by Howard Hudson (Separate Tables and Bedroom Farce at Salisbury Playhouse) and Harry Blake (Bike at Salisbury Playhouse) as sound designer and composer.
Hedda Gabler runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 17 March to Saturday 2 April. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit www.salisburyplayhouse.com.