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Preview: Wonderland at Newcastle Northern Stage
– FULL CAST FOR 2019 RETURN REVEALED
27 February to Saturday 9 March 2019
by: Adam Penford
by: Beth Steel
Nottingham Playhouse has announced the full cast list for
the 2019 production of its popular and acclaimed play Wonderland. Following
rave reviews from critics and audiences Nottingham Playhouse revealed that
Wonderland would be returning to the theatre to kick off its 2019 season, prior
to a run at Northern Stage in Newcastle.
Set in 1983 Nottinghamshire, Wonderland sees two
16-year-olds, Malcom (played by John Booker) and Jimmy (played by Joshua
Glenister) wait nervously at the pithead. Guided by veteran miner Colonel
(played by William Travis), they descend into the brotherhood, banter, searing
heat and liquid blue light of Welbeck Colliery.
Meanwhile in London, an American CEO Ian MacGregor (played
by Robin Bowerman) is brought in to reform King Coal. Pits close and a strike
is called. Taking the stage as The Times reporter David Hart will be Giles
Taylor, while Geff Francis will play pit manager Tilsley and transport
secretary Nicholas Ridley. Holding roles as pitmen in the story will be Karl
Haynes as Bobbo, and Jack Quarton as Fanny.
Nicholas Shaw and Paul Kemp have been confirmed to play
pitman Spud and real-life politician Peter Walker in the Nottinghamshire-based
show, respectively. Directed by Nottingham-born Adam Penford and written by the
daughter of Nottingham miner Beth Steel, the local story proved a huge hit with
East Midlands audiences and returns to the award-nominated theatre for the
second year running.
Morgan Large’s ambitious coal-face set design also received
critical acclaim, winning Best Design in the UK Theatre Awards 2018. Adam said:
“Wonderland was a huge hit in 2018 and received standing ovations every
performance. Our audience has been calling for its return since it closed and
it’s clear they feel an ownership of Beth Steel’s beautiful play.It’s rare that theatre resonates so strongly
with a community, producing tears and laughter in equal measure. I’m sure the
production will capture the imagination of the audience again, whether they’re
returning or seeing the show for the first time.I’m also thrilled we’re taking it to Northern
Stage, where the story will resonate just as deeply.”