Rising British stars Calvin Demba (Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award nominee), Sam Frenchum (Private Peaceful, Grantchester) and award-winning Sinéad Matthews (Hedda Gabler, National Theatre), are to star in the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece, Loot.
Loot shocked and delighted audiences in equal measure when it premiered in 1967. It also scooped the Best Play of the Year Award in the ’67 Evening Standard Awards.
Loot is an uproarious tale of two young friends, Hal (Frenchum) and Dennis (Demba) who stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.
The comedy was named one of the National Theatre’s “100 Plays of the Century”. Sixties style icon Michael Caine loved it so much he saw it six times in 1967. Another fan was Beatle Paul McCartney.
Calvin Demba had an early break in C4’s Hollyoaks then secured the lead in the hit youth drama Youngers.
His other roles include a show-stopping turn in the award-winning play Routes at the Royal Court and the film London Road. He will soon be seen in the action film sequel Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle.
Sam Frenchum trained at RADA. He was in Holby City and Doctors then he had a guest starring role in six episodes of Grantchester as Gary Bell, a mentally-challenged teenager sentenced to hang for murder that was really an accident.
RADA trained Sinéad Matthews’ theatre credits include Hedda Gabler, Laura in Giving (Hampstead), Jane in Evening at The Talk House (NT) and Heather in Wasp (Hampstead).
As Hedvig in The Wild Duck at the Donmar Warehouse, she won the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer.
On film she was Queen Victoria in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, Miss Topsey in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Alice in Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky.
Loot, directed by Michael Fentiman, will run at London’s Park Theatre from August 17 – September 24 before transferring to the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Berkshire, from September 28 – October 21.