Casting for the first London revival of Insignificance in 20 years has been announced ahead of the play’s run at the Arcola Theatre from the 18th October. 

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David Mercateli directs this new London revival of Terry Johnson’s play, which examines the challenges of being known, and of knowing yourself.

Insignificance centres on an imagined meeting between Albert Einstein, who is deliberating whether to testify to McCarthy’s House Committee, and Marilyn Monroe, who is being pursued by her jealous husband Joe DiMaggio. Over one night in a hotel room, the characters grapple playfully with the difficulties of knowing the world, each other and themselves.

This new production is set to star Alice Bailey Johnson ((The Libertine, Royal Haymarket), Simon Rouse (The Dresser, Duke of York’s Theatre),Tom Mannion (The Autumn Garden, Jermyn Street Theatre) and Oliver Hembrough (A Further Education, Hampstead Theatre).

Director David Mercateli said: “When Insignificance premiered, America had a celebrity president in Ronald Reagan. Now it has a celebrity president once again. It’s a fascinating time to revive this play about four individuals who are also towering icons, at the top of their games. What’s the reality of that for them? And what happens when the fantasies we project on to people become part our reality, part of the world we live in?”

Insignificance originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1982, going on to win Terry Johnson the Plays & Players Award for Best Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

The Arcola Theatre’s revival will include designs by Max Dorey, lighting by Richard Williamson and sound by Dinah Mullen.

Insignificance will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 18th October until the 18th November. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/insignificance/

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