Full Cast Announced for The Faith Machine

Published on Tue 5 Jul 2011
The full cast for Alexi Kaye Campbell's third play The Faith Machine, has been announced, with a cast that includes Hayley Atwell, Ian McDiarmid and Kyle Soller.


Tuesday 5 July 2011

The Faith Machine
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
25 August – 1 October 2011
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Press Night, Wednesday 31 August 2011, 7pm

The full cast for Alexi Kaye Campbell’s third play The Faith Machine, which previews from 25 August (press night 31 August) has been announced, with a cast that includes Hayley Atwell, Ian McDiarmid and Kyle Soller.

“Trouble is we don’t believe in the same God anymore”

On a beautiful September morning in New York Sophie forces Tom into a decision. The choice he makes, and the events of that day will change their lives forever.

Travelling from America to Britain to a remote Greek island this epic new play explores the relationship between faith and capitalism and asks fundamental questions about the true meaning of love.

The cast includes Jude Akuwudike, Hayley Atwell, Bronagh Gallagher, Kezrena James,
Ian McDiarmid, Kyle Soller, Maya Wasowicz and Alan Westaway.

Hayley Atwell plays Sophie. She is due to appear in the feature film Captain America: The First Avenger, which is out in the UK on 29 July. Her stage credits include A View from the Bridge for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Major Barbara and Man of Mode at the National Theatre and Women Beware Women at the RSC. On television she played Freya in the Channel 4 adaptation of Any Human Heart, and on film, she appeared in The Duchess, Brideshead Revisited and Cassandra’s Dream.

Ian McDiarmid plays her father Edward, a bishop with liberal views. He is currently appearing on stage at the National Theatre in Emperor & Galilean. ‎ His theatre credits include The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse, Be Near Me at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Donmar Warehouse, which he also adapted for the stage and Six Characters in Search of An Author for Headlong at Chichester and in the West End. He was joint Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre from 1990-2002 with Jonathan Kent.

Kyle Soller plays Tom. His is currently appearing on stage at the Young Vic in The Government Inspector and The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic and The Talented Mr Ripley at Northampton Theatre Royal.

Alexi Kaye Campbell’s debut play The Pride, produced in 2008 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court, won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, the John Whiting Award for Best Play and a Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. His second play Apologia opened at the Bush Theatre in 2009 and was nominated for Best Theatre Play at the Writers Guild Awards 2009 and short-listed for the John Whiting Award. When The Pride was restaged at MCC Theatre in New York in January 2010, it was nominated for an Outer Critics’ Circle award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.

Director Jamie Lloyd returns to the Royal Court to reunite with Alexi after directing The Pride. An associate of the Donmar Warehouse, his credits there include The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Piaf and Polar Bears. Elsewhere, his credits include Salome for Headlong, Three Days of Rain and The Little Dog Laughed in the West End and The Caretaker at Sheffield Theatres.

The production will be designed by Mark Thompson with lighting by Neil Austin, music and sound by Alex Baranowski and video by Lorna Heavey.

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Listings information

The Faith Machine
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Thursday 25 August – Saturday 1 October 2011
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday matinees 2.30pm (from 15 Sep), Saturday matinees 2.30pm (from 3 Sep)
Press night Wednesday 31 August 7pm
Post-show Talk Tuesday 27 September
Captioned Performance Wednesday 28 September 7.30pm
Audio described performance Saturday 1 October 2.30pm
No performance Monday 29 August

Tickets £28, £20, £12
Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters, and on the day of performance from 9am online, 10am in person)
Concessions £5 off top two prices (available in advance for all performances until 3 September 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.


Jude Akuwudike Lawrence/Patrick
Hayley Atwell Sophie
Bronagh Gallagher Tatyana
Kezrena James Agatha
Ian McDiarmid Edward
Kyle Soller Tom
Maya Wasowicz Annie
Alan Westaway Sebastian

Creative Team

Director Jamie Lloyd
Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Neil Austin
Music and Sound Alex Baranowski
Video Lorna Heavey

For further information please contact Anna Evans in the Royal Court Press Office on
020 7565 5063 or e-mail annaevans@royalcourttheatre.com.