Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs and Katie Brayben have been confirmed to star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s compelling drama Honour at Park Theatre. With a cast boasting three Olivier Awards between them, Honour paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls, and when the opportunity arises for one life to be revived at the expense of another.
For Honor and George, the arrival of the self-assured Claudia threatens to wreck a 32-year marriage. But as the power balance starts to shift, the husband, wife, daughter and lover together must face the fundamental question - what is love?
Originated in Australia, Honour debuted in the UK at the National Theatre in 2003, before a 2006 West End revival at Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by Paul Robinson, Tiny Fires’ production will be staged in-the-round.
Director Paul Robinson said: “I've been burning to direct this incredible play for years now and I couldn't be more delighted by this stellar cast. I'd always seen it in the round and as such I can't wait to see how intimate and involving our production is going to be.”
Double Olivier Award-winning Henry Goodman will play George. Henry’s extensive career spans film, television, radio and stage. His screen credits include: Taking Woodstock (Focus Features), The Chosen (Netflix), The Damned United (Columbia Pictures), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC Studios) and same role in The Avengers (Marvel) and Yes, Prime Minister (BBC). His stage credits include: at The National Theatre: Angels In America, Guys & Dolls, Merchant Of Venice (Best Actor Olivier Award winner and also made for TV with BBC/HBO), Assassins (Donmar Warehouse, Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award winner), Hysteria (Royal Court Theatre & West End), Tartuffe (Roundabout, New York), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible, Savoy Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre, Duchess Theatre). Henry is also an Associate Artist of The RSC, where principal roles include Richard III, Volpone and Dromio.
Actress and writer Imogen Stubbs will play Honor. Imogen trained at RADA and the London School of Contemporary Dance and gained a First in English at Oxford. Her vast theatre experience includes productions at the RSC, National Teatre, Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse and various West End productions. Recent stage credits include: Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly), Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), Elephants (Hampstead Theatre), Alecky Blythe's Little Revolution (Almeida) and Strangers On A Train (Gielgud). For the Royal Shakespeare Company Imogen appeared in Othello, Two Noble Kinsmen, The Rover and Richard II. Additional stage credits include: Gertrude in Hamlet (Old Vic), Sarah Frankcom's production of Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending and Private Lives (Royal Exchange Theatre), Salt, Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse/West End) and A Marvellous Year For Plums (Chichester Festival Theatre). Her film work includes: Jack & Sarah (MGM), Twelfth Night (New Line), True Colours (Paramount), Deadline (BBC), A Summer Story (HBO) and Sense and Sensibility (Columbia Pictures). Television credits includes: Parents (Objective/Sky), Collusion (Third Wave Films), Big Kids (BBC), Blind Ambition (Yorkshire Television) and Anna Lee (London Weekend Television).
Olivier Award-winning actress Katie Brayben will play Claudia. Katie’s theatre credits include: A Walk on The Moon (The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre, Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award winner), The Spoils (Trafalgar Studios), King Charles III (Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and 13 (The National Theatre). Her screen credits include: Doctor Who (BBC), Luther (BBC), The Alienist (TNT), Vera: Changing Tides (ITV), King Charles III (BBC) and the feature film Self Help – A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life which is due for release later this year.
Additional casting is yet to be announced.
Actress Natalie Simpson will play Sophie. Natalie’s Theatre credits include: The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse, Ian Charleson Award winner); Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe); Cymbeline, King Lear, Hamlet (RSC, Ian Charleson Award nominee); Measure for Measure (Young Vic); God (Edinburgh Fringe); The Vagina Monologues (The Bloomsbury Theatre). Her screen credits include: Outlander (Starz!) Les Miserables (Lookout Point for BBC) and Tula: The Revolt (Fisheye Feature Films).
Writer Joanna Murray-Smith is a Melbourne based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her plays, which include Honour, Rapture, Bombshells, Nightfall, Redemption, Love Child and Flame, have been produced around the world. Honour has been produced in over two dozen countries, including productions on Broadway and at the National Theatre in London and in the West End. Honour won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Best Play. Most recently, Bath Theatre Royal produced the UK premiere of Switzerland and her Songs For Nobodies transfers from Wilton’s Music Hall to the West End in 2019. Joanna has also published three novels Truce, Judgement Rock and Sunnyside.
Director Paul Robinson is Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre for whom he has directed Build a Rocket, The 39 Steps, Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, Goth Weekend and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Paul trained as a director at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Manchester Royal Exchange and The National Theatre. He was Artistic Director of Theatre503 from 2012 to 2016 where he introduced the Trafalgar Transfer season and the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. He has been twice nominated for Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards. His productions of And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars and Land of Our Fathers garnered a total of 12 Off West End Award nominations, including Best Director. Other credits include: Breakfast with Mugabe (Bath Theatre Royal), The Swallowing Dark (TMA Award winner) and My Mother Said I Never Should (St James’ Theatre).
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Venue: Park200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Dates: 25 October – 24 November 2018
Age guidance: 12+
Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.30pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.00pm
Captioned: Wed 21 Nov, 7.30pm
Prices: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 - £32.50, Concessions £16.50 - £23.50,
Child (Under 16) £15 - £20
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