Sasha Frost and Fred Fergus will star as Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth respectively in Jeff James and James Yeatman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, opening at Rose Theatre on 3 March 2022. The production will then run at Alexandra Palace from 7 to
30 April 2022, followed by Oxford Playhouse from 4 to 14 May 2022. This is an Alexandra
Palace and Rose Original in association with Oxford Playhouse.
Sasha Frost’s recent theatre credits include Folk (Hampstead Theatre), Red Dust Road (National Theatre of Scotland), Cherry Orchard and All My Sons (Nottingham Playhouse) and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe). Her television credits include His Dark Materials. Fred Fergus’s recent theatre credits include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Rose Theatre, UK Tour, Harold Pinter Theatre), Lava (Nottingham Playhouse) and Julius Caesar (The Bridge Theatre). His film credits include Wonder Woman.
Sasha Frost and Fred Fergus are joined in the cast by Matilda Bailes as Elizabeth/Louisa, Grace Cookey-Gam as Lady Russell/Mrs Croft, Helen Cripps as Mary, Adam Deary as Edmund Hayter/ Captain Benwick/Mr Elliot, Emilio Doorgasingh as Sir Walter/Admiral Croft, Caroline Moroney as Mrs Clay/Henrietta and Dorian Simpson as Charles.
Featuring a soundtrack of Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa and Cardi B, Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy is riotously reimagined for the twenty-first century.
In this captivating adaptation, Jeff James and James Yeatman retain the quick wit and scandal of Austen’s novel but switch Regency ballrooms for neon lights to present this 19th-century romance as you’ve never seen it before.
When Frederick Wentworth proposed to Anne Elliot eight years ago, he was undistinguished with no prospects, only able to offer his love and ambition. Persuaded out of accepting his proposal by her family, Anne has never quite got over her first love. But now Wentworth is back. Rich, successful, single and handsome, the now decorated naval Captain has become a serious catch. When circumstances bring the two face to face again, Anne’s forced to confront her past and face up to her choices.
Persuasion is directed by Jeff James, with design by Alex Lowde, lighting design by Lucy Carter, music and sound design by Ben & Max Ringham, movement by Morgann
Runacre-Temple and dramaturgy by James Yeatman. The assistant director is Layla
Madanat, the recipient of Rose Theatre’s 2021 Peter Hall Emerging Artists Fellowship.
By Jane Austen
Adapted by: Jeff James, with James Yeatman
Directed by: Jeff James
Designer: Alex Lowde
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
Music and Sound Design: Ben and Max Ringham
Movement: Morgann Runacre-Temple Assistant Director: Layla Madanat
Alexandra Palace Theatre
Tuesdays – Sundays 7:30pm
Saturday and Thursday matinees 2:30pm https://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/persuasion/
Oxford Playhouse 4 – 14 May 2022 https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/events/persuasion
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Rose Theatre is the largest producing theatre in South West London and has established itself since its 2008 opening as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.
Recent Rose Original productions include: Leopards by Alice Metcalf and co-produced with Fleabag producer Francesca Moody Productions, The Seven Pomegranate Seeds by Colin Teevan, directed by Melly Still; the critically acclaimed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, adapted by Rona Munro, which transferred to the West End in July 2019 following a successful UK tour; and the world premiere stage adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend, adapted by April De Angelis, which transferred to the National Theatre in November 2019. Both were directed by Rose Associate
Artist Melly Still.
Since March 2020, the Rose has remained connected with audiences and communities by delivering engaging digital work including Readings from the Rose, sharing a series of poems read aloud by prominent actors and creatives, and Through Rose Tinted Specs, its first-ever podcast featuring Christopher Haydon in conversation with emerging and established industry professionals about upcoming work and the future of the industry.
The Rose is home to one of the largest youth theatres in the country, offering over 1,000 participants training, careers advice and the opportunity to take part in productions alongside professionals.
Oxford Playhouse is one of the country’s leading regional theatres. The only not-for-profit mid-scale venue in Oxfordshire, the Playhouse showcases international, national, regional, amateur and student companies, with 850+ events per year. It also produces small and mid-scale productions, created from its mission to bring inspirational performance to Oxfordshire and beyond. Just as vital as the work on stage, is OP’s exciting and diverse programme of participatory activity for all. Designed to inspires, connect and support OP places particular focus on young peoples, developing artists and those adversely affected by social inequality in our city and region.
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