Mel Giedroyc to star in UK premiere of LUCE at Southwark Playhouse
Mel Giedroyc, the actress and comedian, who performed in ITV’s live Christmas Day broadcast of The Sound of Music Live!, but is perhaps best known as the co-presenter of The Great British Bake Off, will star in the UK première of JC Lee’s play Luce. Directed by the acclaimed theatre director Simon Dormandy, whose recent productions include the world première of his own stage adaptation of the iconic film The Hudsucker Proxy, Luce will be designed by Dick Bird, who won the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Design for The Hudsucker Proxy.
Luce runs at Southwark Playhouse from 9 March to 2 April 2016, with a press night on Friday 11 March 2016. Further casting is to be announced.
Amy’s son is perfect: star athlete, academic highflyer and high school hero. So why are there lethal explosives in his locker?
Luce is about the fear of homegrown terrorism. Set in an ordinary American town, but addressing anxieties that are growing throughout the Western world, it raises troubling questions about parenting, education and racism. Do we ever really know our children? Why must they be perfect? And where do the springs of violence lie?
Gripping, funny, fast-paced and profoundly disturbing, Luce – which premièred at Lincoln Center Theater in 2013 – marks the arrival in the UK of a startling new voice.