It has been announced that Jasper Britton and Susannah Harker will lead the cast of the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s play. 

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Howard Brenton’s new play tells the astonishing story of August Strindberg’s ‘Inferno’ period. For four years in fin-de-siècle Paris, Europe’s most famous playwright vanished. Most people thought he had gone insane. When he reappeared, his new plays changed theatre forever.

Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendour, Strindberg practises alchemy. In his hotel room, he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher’s stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp of reality weakens his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control. And – are they really his wives at all?

The cast for Tom Litter’s production includes Jasper Britton, known for numerous roles with the National Theatre and RSC  and Susannah Harker, who was nominated for a BAFTA award for her portrayal of Mattie Storrin in BBC’s House of Cards. Her other roles include Jane Bennett in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

They will be joined in the production by Gala Gordon (Three Sisters – Young Vic,The Crown) and Laura Morgan (Deposit – Hampstead Theatre, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Dark Angel).

Talking about the production director Tom Littler said: “What an honour to be opening my first season with Howard Brenton’s new play. This is a spooky, 90-minute thriller – by turns funny, beautiful, and frightening. I’m delighted to have assembled such a talented cast.”

Meanwhile, playwright Howard Brenton commented: “Jermyn Street Theatre is a tiny furnace of creativity, radiating influence way beyond its size. I was so pleased to be commissioned to write the first play of Tom Littler’s debut season, and thrilled about the casting of such terrific actors.”

The production will feature set design by Cherry Truluck for Lucky Bert, lighting design by William Reynolds as well as  music and sound design by Max Pappenheim.

The Blinding Light will play at the Jermyn Street Theatre from the 6th September until the 14th October. For more information visit: http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/the-blinding-light/

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