The New Wolsey Theatre, the Barn Theatre, Cirencester, and the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, have announced today the remaining members of the cast for their co-production What a Carve Up!
Casting announced today includes Jonathan Bailey as Henry Winshaw, Samuel Barnett as Michael Owen, Robert Bathurst as Thomas Winshaw, Celia Imrie as Joan Simpson and Dervla Kirwan as the Brunwin Advert.
The newly announced cast members join Fiona Button as Josephine Winshaw-Eaves, Sharon D. Clarke as Kim Bolton, Alfred Enoch as Raymond Owen, Rebecca Front as Hilary Winshaw, Stephen Fry as Patrick Mills, Sir Derek Jacobi as Findlay Onyx, Griff Rhys Jones as John Stephens and Tamzin Outhwaite as Interviewer 2020. The full cast also includes: Catrin Aaron, Jamie Ballard, Jack Dixon, Julian Harries, James McNicholas and Lizzie Muncey.
A world-first, these cast members will be featuring in the digital world premiere of Henry Filloux-Bennett‘s (Nigel Slater’s Toast) online play What A Carve Up!, based on Jonathan Coe’s critically acclaimed satirical novel. A murder-mystery show, it will be directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling) with Harry Smith (Henry V, Private Peaceful) as sound designer and composer, Annie May Fletcher as production coordinator and Holly Piggott as set designer.
Jonathan Coe said of the new adaptation, “I’m thrilled that What a Carve Up! is being brought to the stage by such a talented and experienced team. It’s twenty-five years since I wrote the book but unfortunately its political satire seems as relevant as ever – I’m sure the new adaptation will capture that, as well as the novel’s sense of fun and irreverence. I’m looking forward to getting to know it again!”
The play, which will be available internationally, will run from 31 October – 29 November 2020. Tickets can be purchased at whatacarveup.com with audience members receiving a screening link which will activate at their booked performance time for a 48-hour period. There’s also a ‘Goody Bag’ ticket option, consisting of a physical programme and pre-theatre dining recipe card, written by world-renowned chef Asma Khan. Owner of the prestigious Darjeeling Express in London’s Soho, Asma Khan was the first British chef to be profiled on Netflix’s award-winning documentary series Chef’s Table and in 2019 was named number one on Business Insider’s “100 Coolest People in Food and Drink” list.
It is worth noting that the Goody Bag option is only available for UK residents.
A portion of the proceeds raised by What A Carve Up! will be donated to a freelance fund to support the creative workforce that have been badly hit by COVID-19, upon whom theatres rely heavily for survival.
The production is kindly supported by Blackmagic Design.
If you would like to book tickets, find out more or have any questions, please visit https://www.whatacarveup.com/