NEWS: Cast Announced for The Understudy at the Canal Café Theatre

Casting for the Canal Café Theatre’s production of The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck has been confirmed. 


Running at the theatre from the 21st February, the cast for the production will include Leonard Sillevis (Cowboy Mouth, Kings Head; King John, The Union Theatre), Emma Taylor (NewsRevue, Canal Café; The Birds, Leicester Square Theatre; The Nanny, Soho Theatre) and Samuel John (A Long Day’s Journey into Night, Bermuda Arts Festival; Dead Funny and Our Walk Through the World, The Old Red Lion).

Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy dissects the backstage friction of a frenzied understudy rehearsal of a long lost Kafka play about to be staged on Broadway.

Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the production, Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a jobbing actor, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-level star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to close the show and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. Will the show go on?

Director Russell Lucas said: ” this is the second time I’ve convinced Canal Café Theatre’s Artistic Director Emma Taylor onto her own stage. Combined with Samuel John’s dexterous skills and the instincts of Leonard Sillevis, The Understudy is going to be lightning in a bottle.”

The Understudy runs at the Canal Cafe Theatre from the 21st February until the 11th March. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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