The full cast has been revealed for the new staging of the wacky play by Dario Fo and Franca Rame Accidental death of an anarchistfreshly adapted by Tom Basden (plebs).
The play, exploring issues around oppressive policing and corruption, is directed by Daniel Raggett. The creative team also includes designer Anna Reid, lighting designer Jai Morjaria, sound designer Annie May Fletcher and casting director Lotte Hines, while production has musical arrangements by Nick Barstow.
Leading the show will be Daniel Rigby (Frost/Nixon) as the titular Maniac, with the cast also set to include Shane David-Joseph (Jerusalem) as Joseph, Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax) as superintendent, Jordan Metcalfe (Jack Absolute flies again) as Daisy, Ruby Thomas (Pride and Prejudice) as Fi Phelan and Howard Ward (Pride and Prejudice) like Burton.
Raggett said: “I’m so thrilled to be working with a brilliant cast and creative team to bring Tom Basden’s timely adaptation of Dario Fo and Franca Rame Accidental death of an anarchist in Sheffield.
“At the heart of this hilarious farce is an excoriating investigation into the abuse of power by the authorities and the seemingly endless cycle of outrage and investigation in which we are trapped. The form is no accident for there has something inherently wacky about the world of alternate facts, scandals and nonsense we live in.”
The show is the first in the renamed Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse, formerly the Studio Theatre. It opens for preview on September 23 with dates through October 15.
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