Oliver Cotton’s Dessert is served with Trevor Nunn directing at Southwark Playhouse

A British financier and his wife host a lavish dinner party for their affluent American friends. The food is delicious, the conversation animated and dessert is on its way – when, from one second to another, the evening takes a sinister and alarming turn…

With dark comic moments and unexpected twists, the world premiere of Oliver Cotton’s Dessert, at Southwark Playhouse, and directed by Trevor Nunn, is a powerful, thought-provoking play about wealth, greed and the lengths to which people will go to claim what’s theirs.

Dessert stars Teresa Banham, Alexandra Gilbreath, Stephen Hagan, Stuart Milligan, Michael Simkins and Graham Turner.

Teresa Banham’s stage credits include Arcadia (Nottingham Playhouse), A Chorus of Disapproval (West End) and Heresy of Love (RSC).

Alexandra Gilbreath appeared in the RSC’s The Rover. She was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2010 for her performance as Olivia in Twelfth Night.

Stephen Hagan has appeared in the Sky 1 series Lucky Man. His stage credits include Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors (both RSC).

Stuart Milligan’s television credits include Jonathan Creek (BBC) Benidorm (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC) and Tank Commander (BBC Scotland).

Theatre credits include The Red Barn & Evening At The Talkhouse (National Theatre), The Last Confession (Triumph Entertainment), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre) and All My Sons (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum).

Michael Simkins’ work spans television, radio and theatre. On stage he has worked with Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Gambon and Sam Mendes, and his recent theatre credits include Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word (Chichester/UK tour), Good Canary (Rose Theatre) and The Argument (Hampstead Theatre).

Graham Turner has worked extensively across stage and screen and has played several seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company most recently playing the Fool to Anthony Sher’s Lear and in Melly Still’s Cymbeline.

Oliver Cotton’s writing credits include Daytona (Park Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Wet Weather Cover (King’s Head & Arts Theatre, London), The Incredible Journey of Sir Francis Younghusband, (Royal Court), The Enoch Show (Royal Court) and Man Falling Down (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Dessert runs at the Southwark Playhouse from July 12-August 5.

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