Preview: The Night Watch – York Theatre Royal

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal present The Night Watch from the international number one best-selling author Sarah Waters, adapted by Hattie Naylor (Ivan And The Dogs, Going Dark, As the Crow Flies and Bluebeard).

This first revival of the play can be seen at York Theatre Royal from 4-7 September before touring the UK until November.

Set in London in the 1940s, the story follows the lives and loves of people recovering from the chaos of war. The Night Watch is a tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time.

Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, The Paying Guest and The Little Stranger) has sold over two million novels in England and four million worldwide, of which half a million were The Night Watch. Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor creates a gripping and theatrically inventive adaptation of this great modern novel.

Previous Original Theatre Company productions seen at York Theatre Royal include BirdsongThe Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Night Watch is directed by Alastair Whatley and designed by David Woodhead, with lighting by Nic Farman, sound by Dominic Bilkey, casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG, music by Sophie Cotton and movement direction from Lucy Cullingford.

The cast includes Mara Allen, who graduated from RADA this year. The Night Watch will be her first UK tour and debut since graduating. Also in the cast are Louise Coulthard, Malcom James, Lewis Mackinnon, Phoebe Pryce, Florence Roberts, Sam Jenkins-Shaw and Izabella Urbanowicz.

Louise Coulthard was recently nominated for Best Actress at the 2018 Off West End Awards for her performance in Cockamamy, which she also wrote. Cockamamy also won the Lustrum Award for Outstanding New Play at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and transferred to London in 2018. It is now in development for television. Her other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (UK Tour for the Original Theatre Company), House and Garden (The Watermill Theatre) and Dreams of Home (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Malcom James recently played Paravicini in The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre). His other theatre credits include The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre and UK Tour), Birdsong (UK Tour for the Original Theatre Company) and Equus (UK and Ireland Tour). His television credits include: Beyond Reasonable Doubt (CNN), Coronation Street, Heartbeat, The Bill and Crossroads (ITV). He recently starred in the film My Dinner with Hervé (HBO).

Lewis Mackinnon’s film credits include Dragonheart: Battle For The Heartfire (Universal) and Chosen (Sterling Pictures). His television credits include Doctors (BBC), Victoria II (Mammoth Screen/ITV). His theatre credits include Three Sisters (Belfast Lyric Theatre), Your Last Breath (Curious Detective/Southwark Playhouse) and Dead Sheep (Soho Theatre).

Phoebe Pryce’s theatre credits include Cash Cow (Hampstead Theatre), The Picture Of Dorian Grey (UK Tour), A Passage To India (Park Theatre/UK Tour), The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/International Tour). She was last seen at York Theatre Royal in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Florence Roberts most recently appeared in A Hero Of Our Time (International Tour), Losing Venice (Orange Tree Theatre), Booby’s Bay (Finborough Theatre in association with Bristol Old Vic). Her television credits include Holby City (BBC), This Is A Relationship; Dan?, which won the Shortlist Shorts at Raindance Film Festival, and Life in Black, which won Best Web/TV Series at London Independent Film Awards.

Sam Jenkins-Shaw’s theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (RSC), Leia & The Roman (The Vault Festival), The 39 Steps (Stephen Joseph Theatre & Theatre Clywd) and Future Conditional (Old Vic).

Izabella Urbanowicz’s theatre credits include After The Dance (Theatre by the Lake), Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake / Jermyn Street), A Haunting (The Vaults), What You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Truth And Reconciliation (Royal Court Theatre). Her television and radio credits include Spotless, Titanic, Doctors (BBC), The Corrupted and The Archers (BBC Radio 4).

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