Casting has been announced for the UK première of Pamela Carter’s The Misfortune of the English at The Orange Tree Theatre.
Directed by Oscar Toeman, the production opens on 28 April, with previews from 25 April, and runs until 28 May, with a livestreamed performance via OT On Screen on 12 May and available to stream on demand from 31 May – 3 June.
The cast will feature Hubert Burton (Harrison), Vinnie Heaven (Eaton), Eva Magyar (Tour Guide), and Matthew Tennyson (Lyons).
Artistic Director of The Orange Tree Theatre, Paul Miller said: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome such a talented company for The Misfortune of the English, each of them making their OT debuts in Oscar Toeman’s production. Pamela Carter’s highly original new play, based on real events, tackles the nature of memory and storytelling, our relation to Europe and the problems of leadership.”
The creative team is completed by sound designer Dan Balfour, lighting designer Elliot Griggs and movement director Rachel-Leah Hosker with casting by Christopher Worrall.
“Guten Tag meine Herren und Frauen von Freiburg, von Deutschland. We have travelled here from London, England. You may have heard of it.”
On the morning of 17 April 1936, a group of 27 schoolboys, led by their teacher and newly arrived in Nazi Germany, set out on the first of a seven-day walking tour of the Black Forest.
By 8pm that evening, local villagers were searching for them in a blizzard.
“You did say you wanted to take the scenic route.”
Inspired by true events: a story of (mis)adventure and blind optimism, nationhood, and courage in the face of disaster.
For more information and tickets, visit orangetreetheatre.co.uk