Casting has been completed on the Donmar Warehouse production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer with Ron Cook joining Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee this June.
Throughout the remote and forgotten corners of the British Isles, Frank Hardy offers the promise of redemption to the sick and the suffering. But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling which brings him into conflict with his wife Grace and his manager Teddy.
Their accounts of their lives together and their memories of the past collide as they attempt to understand the power which lies at the heart of Frank’s ministry.
Ron Cook, who will play Teddy, returns to the Donmar after appearing in Trelawny of the Wells, Richard II, King Lear (also UK Tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York), Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s), Juno and the Paycock and Glengarry Glen Ross.
His extensive theatre credits include The Homecoming and The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios), Henry V (Noel Coward), The Seafarer (National) and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court).
TV credits include all four series of Mr Selfridge (ITV), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (BBC), Bert and Dickie (BBC), Vera (ITV) and Little Dorrit (BBC). Film credits include Hot Fuzz, On a Clear Day, 24 Hour Party People, Charlotte Gray, Chocolat, Topsy Turvy and Secrets and Lies.
Stephen Dillane (Frank) returns to the Donmar following his acclaimed performance in Katie Mitchell’s 1996 production of Beckett’s Endgame, TS Eliot’s Four Quartets in 2009, and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, which transferred to the Albery Theatre and Broadway, winning him a Tony Award.
Other theatre credits include The Master Builder, Macbeth (Almeida), Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?, Our Late Night and Hush (Royal Court), Uncle Vanya (Young Vic), Hamlet (Gielgud), The Coast of Utopia, Dancing at Lughnasa, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Angels in America (National).
Film work includes The Hours and Welcome to Sarajevo and, on television, he has appeared in Game of Thrones and the HBO series John Adams.
Gina McKee (Grace) has also appeared at the Donmar previously in King Lear (also UK Tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York), Ivanov (Wyndham’s) and in Old Times.
Her work on stage includes The Mother (The Ustinov, Bath), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), and Aristocrats (National).
Film work includes Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop, Atonement, Scenes of a Sexual Nature and Notting Hill. Gina’s extensive television work includes The Borgias, Our Friends in the North, Hebburn, Secret State, Line of Duty, Vera, Waking The Dead, The Old Curiosity Shop and The Forsyte Saga.
Faith Healer is directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Donmar following her acclaimed productions of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons.
Faith Healer runs at the Donmar from June 23-August 20.