The Boulevard Theatre today announces casting for the London premiere of The Sunset Limited, a gripping play about redemption, faith and freewill by multi award-winning writer Cormac McCarthy. The two hander features performances from Gary Beadle, who will play the role of ‘Black’ and Jasper Britton, who will play the role of ‘White’.
The Sunset Limited will be directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Terry Johnson (Mrs Henderson Presents, La Cage aux Folles and The Graduate). Cormac McCarthy's other celebrated works include The Road, All the Pretty Horses, Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men. This production also marks the first time Cormac McCarthy’s work has been seen on a London stage.
Gary Beadle has appeared in a number of TV dramas including Patrick Melrose, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness, Grantchester, and as a regular for several years in EastEnders. He was most recently on stage in The Treatment at the Almeida Theatre where his credits also include The Testaments. Other theatre includes Les Blancs (National Theatre), Now We Are Here (Young Vic) and a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (Royal Court).
Jasper Britton is a prolific stage and screen actor, who recently appeared in celebrated Agatha Christie play Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall. Other theatre highlights include playing Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem at the Watermill Theatre and Bolingbroke in Richard II with the RSC in London and New York. Other RSC credits include The Jew of Malta and Henry IV Part I and II. His many other stage credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Sheffield Crucible), Oedipus (National Theatre) and The Visit (Complicité). On screen, his films include Terence Malick’s The New World, and he is set to appear in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel.
Terry Johnson is the winner of nine British Theatre awards including the Olivier Award for Best Comedy on two occasions, Playwright of the Year and Critics' Circle Theatre Awards’ Best New Play. Productions as writer or director include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John's Glasses and The Memory of Water. In 2010, Johnson won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles.
Cormac McCarthy is one of America’s greatest living novelists. His 2006 novel The Road won him the Pulitzer Prize, and the earlier No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name that won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Blood Meridian, another work by McCarthy, was listed by TIME magazine as one of the greatest English-language works since the 1920s. His plays include The Sunset Limited and The Stonemason.
Two men meet on a subway platform; the chance encounter instantly changing the trajectory of both their lives. Thrown together, their conversation quickly turns to the most essential and existential questions facing humanity. While their beliefs seem irreconcilable, the answers they seek could mean the difference between life and death.
The Sunset Limited will play at the Boulevard Theatre from January 16, with press night on January 21.
THE SUNSET LIMITED
by Cormac McCarthy
Directed by Terry Johnson
First Performance: 16 January 2020
Opening Night: 21 January 2020
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
6 Walker’s Court
GARY BEADLE – BLACK
Theatre Credits Include: The Treatment (Almeida), A Profoundly, Affectionate, Passionate, Devotion to Someone (-noun) (Royal Court), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Les Blancs (National Theatre), Hapgood (Hampstead Theatre), The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre), Banksy: The Room in the Elephant (Tobacco Factory, Edinburgh and Tour), You Know Who You Are (Talawa Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival), Sucker Punch (Royal Court), Family Man (Stratford East), Top Dog Under Dog (Sheffield Crucible), The Memory of Water (Watford Palace), Generations of the Dead in the Abyss of Coney Island Madness (Contact Theatre), Ticker Tape And V Signs (7:84 Theatre Co), Welcome Home Jacko (BTC New York), Moby Dick (Royal Exchange Manchester), God’s Second in Command (Royal Court), Alterations (Stratford East), and Black Poppies (National Studio).Television Credits Include: Small Axe, Dark Mon£y, Summer of Rockets, Hatton Gardens, Grantchester Silent Witness, Patrick Melrose, Death In Paradise, The Interceptor, Doctors, Common Ground, Crime Stories, Hustle, Casualty, Little Britain, Holby City, Eastenders, Family Affairs, The Bill, Absolutely Fabulous, Born to Run, Glam Metal Detectives, Shall I Be Mother, Murphy’s Mob, Honeymoon, Just Like Mohicans, Radical Chambers, Making Out, Crying Game, Wail of the Banshee, Space Virgins From Planet Sex Queen of the Wild and The Detectives. Film Credits Include: We Die Young, In the Heart of the Sea, Cockneys Vs Zombies, Til Death Do Us Part, Wit, The Imitators, Driven, Memoirs of a Survivor, Fords on Water, Absolute Beginners, Playing Away, Cresta Run and White Mischief.
JASPER BRITTON – WHITE
Recent theatre credits include: Murder in the Cathedral (Southwark Cathedral); Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall); Pack of Lies (Menier Chocolate Factory); Jerusalem (Watermill Theatre); Scrooge (Leicester Curve); What the Butler Saw (Leicester Curve); The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath, Theatre Royal Haymarket); Richard II, The Jew of Malta, Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (The RSC at Stratford, The Barbican, New York); Race (Hampstead); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Abbey Theatre); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Sheffield Crucible); Fabrication (The Print Room); The Last Cigarette (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End); Fram (National Theatre); Oedipus (National Theatre); Rhinoceros (Royal Court); The Taming Of The Shrew (RSC, Washington D.C. and West End); Japes (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Tempest (Globe Theatre); The Visit (Theatre de Complicite). Film credits include: Rise of the Footsoldier 2, Blood, Anonymous, Morris: A Life With Bells On, The New World. Television credits include: Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel, Garrow’s Law, Midsomer Murders, Semi Detached, My Dad’s the Prime Minister, The Royal, Murder in Mind, Heartbeat, The Cry, Big Kids and Highlander.
Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright who has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A number of his works have been adapted into films including All the Pretty Horses, The Road and four-time Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men.
Terry Johnson is the recipient of major theatre awards including the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical 2010, Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Critics Circle Best Musical 2009 for La Cage Aux Folles. He won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994 and 1999, Playwright of the Year 1995 and Critics Circle Best New Play 1995. He is a former Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre where he has had five of his own plays; Insignificance, Cries From The Mammal House, Hysteria, Hitchcock Blonde and Piano/Forte produced, and has directed two further premieres including Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show. Productions as writer or director include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John's Glasses and The Memory of Water.