Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Peter Caulfield, Jodie Jacobs and Ellie Piercy will star in Bryony Lavery’s play, Last Easter, at the Orange Tree Theatre in July
Full casting has been announced for the London première of Bryony Lavery’s play, Last Easter, at the Orange Tree Theatre.
Postponed from last year, it will feature Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Peter Caulfield, Jodie Jacobs and Ellie Piercy in a “funny, moving and provocative” play about the true nature of friendship.
Directed by Tinuke Craig, it will run at the south-west London theatre from 7 July to 7 August, with press night on 7 July. It will be streamed live via online platform OT on Screen on 22 and 23 July.
A lighting designer, an actress, a prop maker and a drag singer go on a pilgrimage looking for a miracle. Even when June, the lighting designer, is diagnosed with a devastating illness, the jokes don’t stop coming as a quartet of theatre friends career across France. They glug red wine and hope to find a miracle at Lourdes for June, a non-believer who thinks the only good thing about religion is the lighting. They’ll soon discover that miracles come in many different forms.
Completing the creative team is designer Hannah Wolfe, lighting designer Elliot Griggs and sound designer Beth Duke.
Lavery is a multi-award-winning playwright whose theatre credits include Frozen, The Book of Dust, The Borrowers, The Lovely Bones, The Midnight Gang, Swallows and Amazons, Brighton Rock, Balls, Brideshead Revisited, Queen Coal, The Believers, Treasure Island, Beautiful Burnout, The Origin of the Species, Wicked Lady, and More Light.
Last Easter was originally scheduled to run at the Orange Tree Theatre in April last year until theatre buildings were forced to shut due to Covid-19.