Cast Announced for In the Republic of Happiness

Published on Thu 25 Oct 2012
The cast has been announced for Martin's Crimps's new play In the Republic of Happiness, which runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 6 December - 19 January. The cast is Anna Calder-Marshall, Emma Fielding, Seline Hizli, Ellie Kendrick, Stuart McQuarrie, Paul Ready, Michelle Terry and Peter Wight.



The cast has been announced for Martin’s Crimps’s new play In the Republic of Happiness, which runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 6 December – 19 January. The cast is Anna Calder-Marshall, Emma Fielding, Seline Hizli, Ellie Kendrick, Stuart McQuarrie, Paul Ready, Michelle Terry and Peter Wight.

The production will be directed by Dominic Cooke, set designed by Miriam Buether, costumes by Moritz Junge, lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Roald van Oosten, sound by Paul Arditti and music direction by James Fortune.

What’re you doing here Robert?

Well to be frank with you, I’ve really no idea. I thought I would just suddenly appear, so I did. I suddenly appeared.

A family Christmas is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Uncle Bob.

Who is he? Why has he come? Why does his wife stay out in the car? And what is the meaning of his long and outrageous message?

All we can be sure of is that the world will never be the same again.
A violent satire, In the Republic of Happiness is a provocative roll-call of contemporary obsessions.

Anna Calder Marshall’s recent credits include Salt, Root and Roe at the Donmar at the Trafalgar, Danger: Memory: I Can’t Remember Anything at the Jermyn Street Theatre and The House of Bernada Alba at the Hammersmith Lyric.

Emma Fielding’s recent stage credits include Playing With Fire at the National Theatre, Rock and Roll at the Duke of York’s and Macbeth at the Almeida. Her on screen credits include Cranford and The Government Inspector.

Seline Hizli’s most recent credits include Jumpy at the Royal Court and West End, The House of Bernarda Alba at the Almeida and One Night in November.

Ellie Kendrick’s most recently appeared in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe. Her on screen credits include Game of Thrones, Being Human and Upstairs, Downstairs.

Stuart McQuarrie’s credits at the Royal Court include Ding Dong The Wicked, Wanderlust, Relocated and Cleansed, Clybourne Park for the Royal Court in the West End, Detroit at the National Theatre, Marble at the Abbey Theatre, Happy Now? at the National Theatre, Anthony Nielson’s Realism at the National Theatre of Scotland, God of Hell at the Donmar. His film and television credits include 28 Days Later, Trainspotting, A Very Social Secretary and Peep Show.

Michelle Terry’s credits include Tribes at the Royal Court, The Comedy of Errors, London Assurance, Alls Well that Ends Well and England People Very Nice at the National Theatre, War on Terror, Two Cigarettes and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover at the Bush Theatre and The Man Who Had All the Luck at the Donmar Warehouse. On screen, she co-wrote and started in The Café on Sky One with Ralf Little.

Paul Ready plays Uncle Bob. He last appeared at the Royal Court in Wastwater, Forty Winks, Black Milk, Crazyblackmuthaf*Ingself and Terrorism. His other theatre credits include Noises Off at the Old Vic, A Woman Killed with Kindness, London Assurance, Three More Sleepless Nights and Time and the Conways, Major Barbara, Waves, Attempts on Her Life and Saint Joan at the National Theatre.

Peter Wight’s credits at the Royal Court include In Basildon, The Seagull and Ivanov, Sleep with Me and Waiting for Godot at the National Theatre. His recent film credits include Atonement, Hot Fuzz and Pride and Prejudice.

Martin Crimp’s last play at the Royal Court was The City, directed by Katie Mitchell. His previous Royal Court credits include Attempts On Her Life, The Country, Face to the Wall, Fewer Emergencies, Advice to Iraqi Women, The Treatment, No One Sees the Video and a translation of The Chairs (with Complicité). Martin Crimp also created the new translation of Rhinoceros for the Royal Court. His credits elsewhere include Play House/Definitely the Bahamas, Cruel and Tender (Young Vic). His recent translations of plays have included Big and Small, starring Cate Blanchett (Sydney Theatre Company /Barbican as part of London 2012 Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Vienna Festival and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen), The Misanthrope (Young Vic) and Pains of Youth (National Theatre).

Artistic Director of the Royal Court Dominic Cooke directs. His recent credits at the Court include Ding Dong The Wicked, Choir Boy, In Basildon, Chicken Soup with Barley, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, and the multi award-winning production of Clybourne Park for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. Clybourne Park, which won writer Bruce Norris the Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize, opened at the Royal Court in September 2010 to critical acclaim before transferring to the West End. Credits elsewhere include The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre, as well as adapting and directing Arabian Nights and Noughts and Crosses at the RSC.

In the Republic of Happiness
By Martin Crimp
Directed by Dominic Cooke
Thursday 6 December – Saturday 19 January 2013
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square SW1W 8AS
Monday-Saturday 7.30pm
No Performances 24 December – 1 January inclusive
Saturday Matinees 2.30pm (from 15 December, except 22 December)
Thursday Matinees 2.30pm (10 & 17 January 2013)
Press Night Wednesday 12 December 2012, 7pm
Post-Show Talk Tuesday 8 January
Captioned Performance Tuesday 15 January
Audio Described Performance Saturday 19 January 2.30pm
Age Guidance 16+
Tickets £28, £20, £12
Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters and on the day of the performance from 9am online)
Concessions £5 off top two prices* (available in advance for all performances until Saturday 15 December inclusive and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)
25s and under £8* (available on £20 and £12 tickets)
School and HE Groups of 8+ 50% off top two prices (available Tuesday-Friday)
Groups of 6+ £5 off top price (available Tuesday-Friday)
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts are subject to availability

Anna Calder-Marshall
Emma Fielding
Seline Hizli
Ellie Kendrick
Stuart McQuarrie
Paul Ready
Michelle Terry
Peter Wight

Creative Team
Director Dominic Cooke
Set Designer Miriam Buether
Costume Designer Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer Peter Mumford
Composer Roald van Oosten
Sound Designer Paul Arditti
Musical Director James Fortune


For more information, please contact Anna Evans on 0207565 5063

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