Sheila Atim, Joseph Marcell and Diana Quick are at the head of the table in Babette’s Feast, a new adaptation of Karen Blixen’s novella, directed by Bill Buckhurst, which opens at London’s Print Room at the Coronet next month.
The full casting has been announced today for Glyn Maxwell’s commissioned adaptation of this much loved short story by the revered Danish storyteller.
Karen Blixen is widely recognised for the portrayal of her by Meryl Streep in the Oscar winning film, Out of Africa, as well Gabriel Axel’s acclaimed screen adaptation of Babette’s Feast, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Blixen wrote some of Denmark’s most-loved fiction from the 1900s to her death in 1962, often under pseudonyms, most prolifically as Isak Dinesen who is credited as the author of Babette’s Feast.
Maxwell’s new adaptation will tell the story of Martine and Philippa, two sisters living in a remote coastal village with their father, The Dean.
They live pious, simple lives until Babette arrives at their door, a refugee fleeing from the French Civil War, seeking sanctuary.
The sisters welcome her into their home and she works as their cook, feeding the locals for many years. In a selfless act of thanksgiving, Babette creates a lavish feast for the people of the town.
The full cast is: Joseph Marcell, Sheila Atim, Diana Quick, Marjorie Yates, Norma Attalah, Amanda Boxer, Richard Clews, Henry Everett, Whoopie Van Raam and Rachel Winters.
Joseph Marcell, best known for his role as Geoffrey in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, makes his Print Room at the Coronet debut in the roles of The Dean and Lorens Lowenheilm.
Joining Marcell on the Coronet stage, Sheila Atim, recently seen on stage in the National Theatre’s Les Blancs, will be playing the titular role of Babette.
Brideshead Revisted star Diana Quick will take on the part of Martine, with her on-stage sister Philippa being played by Majorie Yates, recognised for her role in Channel 4’s Shameless.
Babette’s Feast, a world premiere that tells the story of one community’s willingness to accept a stranger in need, begins previews on May 9 and runs at the Print Room at the Coronet until June 3.