Orange Tree Theatre today announce full cast for the London première of Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter. Tinuke Craig directs Naana Agyei-Ampadu (June), Peter Caulfield (Gash), Jodie Jacobs (Leah), and Ellie Piercy (Joy). Last Easter opens on 7 July, with previews from 3 July, and runs until 7 August. It will be streamed live via 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.
Last Easter is a funny, moving and provocative play about the true nature of friendship.
Completing the creative team is Designer Hannah Wolfe, Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs, and Sound Designer Beth Duke.
Bryony Lavery is a multi-award-winning playwright. Her theatre credits include The Book of Dust, The Borrowers, The Lovely Bones, The Midnight Gang, Swallows and Amazons, Brighton Rock, Frozen (winner of the TMA Best Play Award, and the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award, and nominated for four Tony Awards), Balls, Brideshead Revisited, Queen Coal, The Believers, Treasure Island, Beautiful Burnout, The Origin of the Species, Wicked Lady, and More Light. Her television credits include Buy, and Revolting Women.
Naana Agyei-Ampadu plays June. Her theatre credits include Nine Lessons and Carols (Almeida Theatre), Fairview, Feast, Been So Long (Young Vic), Caroline, or Change (Hampstead Theatre, Playhouse Theatre), Pericles, I Want My Hat Back, The Amen Corner (National Theatre), King (Hackney Empire), Touch (Soho Theatre), A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicité, National Theatre), The Oresteia, Measure for Measure, The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (New Wolsey Theatre) and Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre). Her television credits include Enterprice, GameFace and Cuffs.
Peter Caulfield plays Gash. His previous theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Aladdin (The Old Vic), Edgar Allen Poe and the Haunted Palace (Adelaide Festival, Bergen International Festival), Sketch You Up! (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Jerusalem (Watermill Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, UK tour, Theatre Royal Haymarket), Nicked (HighTide Festival), Enron (Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Noël Coward Theatre), The Merchant of Venice, The Wind in the Willows (Derby Theatre), Erics (Liverpool Everyman), White Liars (Etcetera Theatre), The Man of Mode (National Theatre), The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse), and Larkrise to Candleford (Finborough Theatre). His television credits include The Mystery of DB Cooper, Absentia, Modus, Banana, and Cucumber. For film, his credits include Great Yarmouth, Strangeways Here We Come, and After the End.
Jodie Jacobs plays Leah. Her theatre credits include Cinderella, Dick Whittington (Lyric Hammersmith), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cadogan Hall), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Squares), Unexpected Joy, Bananaman, Carrie (Southwark Playhouse), But I’m a Cheerleader, Myth (The Other Palace), Lizzie (Greenwich Theatre), Disaster – The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), Oliver! (Grange Park Opera), Rock of Ages (Garrick Theatre), Footloose, The Wedding Singer (UK and Ireland tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre), Evita (Adelphi Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Her work for television includes The Amazing World of Gumball and Drop Zone.
Ellie Piercy plays Joy. Her credits for the company include The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd. Other theatre credits include Soft Animals (Soho Theatre), Eventide (Up In Arms), Sideways (St. James Theatre), Heresy of Love, As You Like It, Blue Stockings, All’s Well That Ends Well, Liberty, Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Taming The Tempest, A Touch of Sun (Salisbury Playhouse), How to Beat a Giant (Unicorn Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Glasgow Rep Company, Bard in the Botanics). Her television credits include Hanna, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, McMafia and The Impressionists; and for film, The Dig and Brothers of War.
Tinuke Craig’s previous theatre credits include Crave, Random/Generations (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hamlet for Young Audiences (NT tour), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Vassa (Almeida Theatre), The Color Purple (Leicester Curve, Birmingham Hippodrome), I Call my Brothers (Gate Theatre), Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic). Craig was the 2015-2016 Associate Director at Gate Theatre, and received the 2014 Genesis Future Director Award. She is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith, and an Associate at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Orange Tree Theatre
1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9 2SA
Box Office: 020 8940 3633
3 July – 7 August
Press night: Wednesday 7 July at 7pm
OT On Screen: 22 – 23 July, 7.30pm
Audio Described: 7 August at 2.30pm
Captioned: 3 August at 7.30pm
Tickets: From £25 in person, or £15 for OT On Screen
Under 30s: £15