Final casting has been announced for Apologia, which will begin previews on 29th July at Trafalgar Studios. Laura Carmichael will join previously announced Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman, Joseph Millson and Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny and haunting play about family and its secrets, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Laura Carmichael is best known for her hugely popular portrayal of ‘Lady Edith Crawley’ in ITV’s award winning series DOWNTON ABBEY. She was last seen on stage at the Trafalgar Studios playing ‘Mistress’ in the Jamie Lloyd adaptation of THE MAIDS, Jean Genet’s intense psychological thriller. Laura’s most recent film appearance was her portrayal of ‘Muriel Williams’ in Amma Asante’s feature A UNITED KINGDOM.
Laura says: “I’m thrilled to be joining this wonderfully talented cast of Apologia. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play deeply moved me, as well as making me laugh; it really took me through every emotion, so I think audiences will be in for a treat. I know what a brilliant experience it is to have Jamie Lloyd as a director, so I’m delighted to be working with him again, and to be returning to Trafalgar Studios.”
Carmichael will play the role of Trudi, the American partner of Peter (Joseph Millson), who is the older son of Kristin Miller (Stockard Channing). Miller is a firebrand liberal matriarch and eminent art historian. A birthday gathering should be a cause for celebration but the cracks in her family relationships are brought to the surface by the recent publication of her memoir. As the darkly funny evening progresses, secrets emerge about the sacrifices she has made and about the price paid by those she loves.
Apologia plays at Trafalgar Studios 29 July – 18 November 2017. Book tickets