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London Tide, Based on a Charles Dickens Novel, Begins at the National April 10

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London Tide, Based on a Charles Dickens Novel, Begins at the National April 10

The London world premiere features an adaptation by Ben Power, who wrote original songs with PJ Harvey.

Ami Tredrea and Bella Maclean
Spencer Murphy

The National Theatre‘s world premiere of London Tide, based on Charles Dickens’ final completed novel, Our Mutual Friend, begins previews April 10.

Directed by Ian Rickson (Translations), adapted by Ben Power (The Lehman Trilogy),
and with original songs by singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and Power, the
romantic thriller will play the Lyttelton through June 22. Opening
night in London is set for April 17.

Leading the cast of the hymn to London and the river that runs
through it are Beth Alsbury as Lavinia Wilfer, Joe Armstrong as Roger Riderhood, Crystal Condie as Miss Potterson, Laura Cubitt as Nancy, Jonathan Dryden Taylor as Mr. Cleaver, Brandon Grace as Charley Hexam, Scott Karim as Bradley Headstone, Stephen Kennedy as Reg Wilfer, Joshua Lacey as Inspector Bucket, Penny Layden as Mary Wilfer, Bella Maclean as Bella Wilfer, Tom Mothersdale as John Rokesmith, Ellie-May Sheridan as Jenny Wren, Ami Tredrea as Lizzie Hexam, Jamael Westman as Eugene Wrayburn, Peter Wight as Noddy Boffin, Jake Wood as Gaffer Hexam, and Rufus Wright as Mortimer Lightwood plus ensemble members Miya James and Liam Prince-Donnelly and understudies Hayley Chilvers, Eric Mok, Georgia Silver, and John Vernon.

In London Tide, a body is pulled
from the Thames, while across the city, two young women, Lizzie Hexam and Bella Wilfer, confront an
uncertain future. The appearance of the mysterious John Rokesmith
has the potential to change their lives forever.

The production also features set and costume design by Bunny
Christie, lighting design by Jack Knowles, music direction by Ian Ross,
co-sound design by Tingying Dong and Christopher Shutt, movement
direction by Anna Morrissey, video design by Hayley Egan, fight
direction by Terry King, casting direction by Bryony Jarvis-Taylor,
voice and dialect coaching by Simon Money, associate set design by
Verity Sadler, and staff direction by Yasmin Hafesji.

Visit NationalTheatre.org.uk.

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