Cast set for world premiere of Robert Holman’s The Lodger

Robert Holman’s new play, The Lodger, will premiere at The Coronet Theatre in west London in September

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Iniki Mariano, Matthew Tennyson, Penny Downie and Sylvestra Le Touzel. Photo: Mayumi Hirata

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of The Lodger, a new play by Robert Holman, at The Coronet Theatre in London.

Penny Downie, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Matthew Tennyson and Iniki Mariano will star in the production which will be directed by another leading actor, Geraldine Alexander.

It runs at the west London theatre from 10 September to 9 October 2021, with opening night on 15 September.

The creative team also includes set and costume designer Richard Kent, lighting designer David Plater, and composer and sound designer Simon Slater.

This “cathartic and acerbic” new play follows sisters Dolly and Esther who grew up in ultra-conservative Harrogate in the 1960s. Fifty years later, after the death of their mother, Dolly comes to stay with Esther – now a successful novelist and living in Little Venice in London with her younger, inscrutable lodger, Jude.

To make a new future they will have to be honest, heal old wounds, and the two sisters learn to laugh together again. Laced with humour, The Lodger is a story about identity, maturity and the possibility of reconciliation.

Holman’s previous plays include German Skerries (for which he won the George Devine Award), Making Noise Quietly, The Natural Cause, Mud, Outside the Whale, Other Worlds, Today, The Overgrown Path, Across Oka, Rafts and Dreams, Bad Weather, Holes in the Skin, and Jonah and Otto.

The Coronet Theatre has included two social distancing matinees on Saturday 25 and Thursday 30 September.

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