The production will play at the theatre from the 15th October.

Casting for Kate Valentine’s production of Fast has been announced and is set to include: Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders, BBC; An Ideal Husband, The Old Vic; The Master Builder,Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jordon Stevens (Harlots, ITV and Hulu; Call the Midwife, BBC; Phantom Thread), Natasha Cowley (Othelllo, Shakespeare’s Globe; Connections 2018, National
Theatre; War and Peace, BBC Radio 4) and Daniel Norford (Small Island, National Theatre; Disney’s The Lion King, UK and international tour; Rocky Shock, Wardrobe Theatre).

In a chilling parallel to our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and diet pills, Fast is the true story of ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard who advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided a nation. Complex, beguiling and utterly driven, was Hazzard vilified as a woman in a man’s world or were there darker forces at play?

Kate Barton’s play was shortlisted for the 2018 Best New Play 2018 by New Writing South and is a dark thriller examining the lengths that people go to for an ambition or cure.

Talking about the play director Kate Valentine said: “Hooked on Internet influencers, we now risk trusting people who peddle pills and potions and can lose sight of the perils to our health when adopting extreme regimes. Fast depicts a remarkable woman who uses her powers of persuasion to lure patients, desperate for any miracle cure. Laced with suspense and psychological drama, Fast explores the true crime of a woman determined to prove herself to a world challenging her methodologies.”

Fast will play at the Park Theatre from the 15th October until the 9th November.