Richard Bean’s riotous new comedy, The Hypocrite, a co production between Hull Truck and the Royal Shakespeare Company, plays at both venues this spring, starring Caroline Quentin and Mark Addy.
This new production is directed by Phillip Breen, whose RSC comic credentials include the The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012) and The Shoemaker’s Holiday (2014).
It’s April 1642. Sir John Hotham (Addy), Governor of Hull, is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I.
If only it were that simple. With a Royalist siege outside the city walls and the rebellion of the mob within, Civil War seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable.
Caroline Quentin, who plays Lady Sarah Hotham, has extensive theatre and stage credits to her name including Relative Values (Theatre Royal, Bath), the original RSC production of Les Misérables (Barbican Theatre), Men Behaving Badly (ITV/BBC), Life of Riley, Jonathan Creek and Blue Murder (BBC).
She has won two British Comedy Awards, and a Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards.
Mark Addy began his career on television, appearing in award-winning comedies such as The Thin Blue Line and, more recently, in HBO’s Game of Thrones alongside Sean Bean.
His most recent television credits include Trollied for Sky 1, BBC’s Atlantis and New Blood and ITV’s Jericho. In 1997, he starred in The Full Monty, leading to a BAFTA nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
He also starred in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Jack Frost, Down to Earth and A Knight’s Tale. Mark also appeared as Friar Tuck in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.
Playwright Richard Bean other recent plays include The Nap; One Man, Two Guvnors; Great Britain and Made in Dagenham.
Also appearing in The Hypocrite are: Martin Barrass, Danielle Bird, Neil D’Souza, Rachel Dale, Laura Elsworthy, Ben Goffe, Danielle Henry, Adrian Hood, Asif Khan, Andrew Langtree, Jordan Metcalfe, Sarah Middleton, Pierro Miel-Mee, Rowan Polonski, Paul Popplewell and Matt Sutton.
The Hypocrite runs at the Hull Truck Theatre from February 24 – March 25 and in the RSC Swan Theatre from March 31 – April 29.