Casting is today announced for the HighTide production of Al Smith’s debut play Harrogate. Nigel Lindsay joins Sarah Ridgeway, who starred in the original production at HighTide Festival 2015, for the London premiere at the Royal Court Theatre from 20 – 29 October and UK Tour. Richard Twyman, the newly appointed Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre, returns to direct Harrogate, which had an acclaimed sell-out run at the influential annual HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
“I dream about you young. When I’m asleep you’re as young as the girl I met.”
Time passes. Roles Change. People become different versions of themselves.
From lover, to father, to husband, one man craves the past but knows his desire for it will destroy his family.
“Each one of us is gonna sit down one day and not be able to stand up, like we’ve disappeared to ourselves.”
Harrogate is Al Smith’s debut professional production. His other credits for theatre include: Diary of a Madman (Traverse, Gate Theatre); Enola; Radio; The Bird (Underbelly); The Astronaut Wives Club (Soho Theatre). He is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and the Traverse Theatre. Writing for television includes: Shakespeare Live!; The Coroner; Father Brown; The Cut; Africa; Holby City; EastEnders. Writing for radio includes: LifeLines; Duchamp’s Urinal; Everyday Time Machines; Life in the Freezer; The Postman of Good Hope; Radio. Al was awarded the BFI / Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize for Halflife, and was a recipient of the Pearson Playwriting Bursary at the Finborough Theatre.
Nigel Lindsay plays Him. Theatre credits include: Guys and Dolls (Phoenix, West End); Bull (Young Vic); Speed-the-Plow (Playhouse); A Small Family Business; The Pillowman; London Cuckolds; Blue Remembered Hills; Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville) (National Theatre); Richard II (RSC); The Same Deep Water as Me; The Real Thing (also Albery and Broadway); Morphic Resonance (Donmar Warehouse); Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Olivier and WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Actor in a Musical); Broken Glass (WhatsOnStage award for Best Supporting Actor); Anna Karenina (Tricycle Theatre); Sucker Punch; The Woman Before; Push Up; King Lear (Royal Court); Under the Blue Sky (Duke of Yorks); The Homecoming; Awake and Sing; The Earthly Paradise; Romance; The Tower (Almeida); Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly); World Music; Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible); The Tempest (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych); Katerina (Lyric Hammersmith). Nigel’s film credits include: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa; Four Lions (nomination for Best British Comedy Performance in Film); Scoop (directed by Woody Allen); Rogue Trader; and his television credits include: Victoria; You, Me and the Apocalypse; Poirot; The Tunnel; Rome; Spooks; I’m Alan Partridge; Waking the Dead. Future productions include: White Gold (BBC); Innocent; Unforgotten II (ITV).
Sarah Ridgeway plays Her. Sarah’s TV credits include: Miss Marple (ITV); The Crimson Petal and The White (BBC); The Suspicions of Mister Whicher (ITV); Call The Midwife; Making of a Lady; Holby City. Theatre credits include: The Acrington Pals; You Can’t Take it With You (Royal Exchange); Sucker Punch (The Royal Court) Days of Significance; Titus Andronicus; A Mad World My Masters; Candide (RSC), The Cherry Orchard; (Young Vic); Forget Me Not (HighTide, Bush Theatre); Fury (Soho Theatre).
1 – 16 November
Farnham Maltings – 1 November – 7:30pm
artsdepot, London – 2 November – 7:30pm
Harlow Playhouse – 3 November – 8:00pm
The North Wall, Oxford – 4 November – 8:00pm
The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury – 6 November –8:00pm
The Garage, Norwich – 10 November – 7:30pm
Didcot Cornerstone – 11 November – 7:30pm
Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds – 14 November – 7:30pm
Cambridge Junction – 16 November – 7:30pm