This place is about to blow. A violent storm sweeps the coast. Diana Stuckley and her daughter are struggling to keep the roof on their run-down manor house, when neighbours and strangers begin to appear on their doorstep, seeking shelter from the floods. One of these unexpected arrivals is Ted Farrier, the charismatic leader of a right-wing organisation: he could be Diana’s saviour – or pull the fragile household to pieces. Stranded together, this explosive mix of people must survive the weather, and each other.
Cast & Crew
|Diana Stuckley||Nancy Carroll|
|Ted Farrier||Ben Daniels|
|US Anton||Lewis Griffin|
|US Diana||Helen Barford|
|US Dora||Effie Ansah|
|US Fiske||Chris Barritt|
|US Isis||Sophie Bradley|
|US Perry||Mat Betteridge|
|US Pete||Chris Barritt|
|US Ripley||Sophie Cartman|
|US Ruth||Gillian Dean|
|US Ted||Mat Betteridge|
|Assistant Costume Designer||Irene Bohan|
|Company Voice Work||Simon Money|
|Composer and Sound Designer||Jon Nicholls|
|Fight Director||Kate Waters|
|Lighting Designer||Paule Constable|
|Set and Costume Designer||Lez Brotherston|
|Staff Director||Nyasha Gudo|
|Video Designer||Andrzej Goulding|
This production was midway through rehearsals when all performances were cancelled. It didn’t complete its rehearsal process and therefore didn’t play to an audience which it was due to do on 7th April 2020 (first preview). Press Night was due to take place on 15th April 2020.
This was due to the UK lockdown and theatre shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
It is not known if this production will be re-mounted when the National Theatre re-opens in late 2020 or early 2021.
Interestingly, this production appears to have its understudies sharing duties with All Of Us, a play that was due to open in the neighbouring Dorfman Theatre in the building. There are no understudies in the Dorfman due to budgetary constraints. I assume that those company members were ensemble members in All of Us in the Dorfman Theatre and understudies for Manor in the Lyttelton Theatre. I’m unsure how it would work if an actor was needed to perform in both productions on the same night.
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