The full cast for the Arcola Theatre run of Matt Pravin’s Gentlemen have been announced today. The three hander will feature performances from Charlie Beck (Masters of the Air Apple TV, The Breach Hampstead Theatre), Edward Judge (Manor National Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong West End & tour), and Issam Al Ghussain (King Lear and Macbeth The Globe).
Speaking of the cast, director Richard Speir says “This cast might as well have been lab-grown for the show. With a wonderful blend of youth, experience and sharp wit, I couldn’t wish for better actors to bring Matt’s piece to life. I’m certain we’ll be seeing these names regularly in future and I’m excited to start rehearsals today.”
Class struggles combine with the erasure of bisexual identity as two young men struggle to fit in at one of England’s top universities. Vulnerability twists into spite as a cornered victim turns aggressor. Retaliation may feel justified in the moment. But when the truth is discarded to address decades of mistreatment, can anyone actually be in the right?
Freshers’ term. Greg has taken to university life like a duck to water. Kasper is struggling to fit in. Summoned to a mediation session with Kasper and the college welfare officer to discuss an accusation of plagiarism, Greg deftly argues his way out of trouble. But when the allegations evolve into something altogether more damaging, how long can Greg remain untouchable? Gentlemen examines what happens when culture turns toxic, and how a fear of not fitting in risks everyone losing out.
Initially set to open in March 2020, Gentlemen debuts post pandemic in October 2023.
Gentlemen is at The Arcola Theatre 4 – 28 October 2023.