How To Hold Your Breath with Maxine Peake at Royal Court

Maxine Peake

Stage and screen stars Christine Bottomley, Siobhán McSweeney and Peter Forbes are joining Maxine Peake in Zinnie Harris‘ dark and witty play, How To Hold Your Breath at the Royal Court.

Directed by the Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone, the play went into rehearsal yesterday and opens at the Chelsea venue on February 4.

Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, Zinnie Harris’ How To Hold Your Breath dives into our recent European history, providing an epic look at the true cost of our principles and how we live now.

Since she started as artistic director at the Royal Court, Vicky’s credits have included Dennis Kelly’s The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas, Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract and Molly Davies’s God Bless the Child.

Zinnie Harris’ credits at the Royal Court include Nightingale and Chase. Her play, The Wheel, for the National Theatre of Scotland, (directed by Vicky Featherstone), won a Fringe First Award, jointly won an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Theatre Award and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

On television, she has written extensively for Spooks and is currently writing Tommy and Tuppence based on the Agatha Christie series for David Walliams on BBC1.

Full casting: Christine Bottomley, Neil D’Souza, Peter Forbes, Siobhán McSweeney, Maxine Peake, Danusia Samal and Michael Shaeffer.

Christine Bottomley has previously appeared at the Royal Court in Alaska and Ladybird. Her other theatre credits include Uncle Vanya and Spring Awakening, A Single Act, Osama the Hero, and Rutherford and Son.

Her extensive television credits include In the Club, DCI Banks, New Tricks, Vera, Silent Witness, Inspector George Gently, Midsomer Murders, Survivors, Land Girls, Hope Springs, Tess of the D’urbervilles, Torchwood, The Street, Shameless, Early Doors and Heartbeat.

Peter Forbes’ recent theatre credits include Afterlife, Never so Good, Black Watch, The Winter’s Tale (RSC) and The Same Deep Water As Me.

His television credits include Eastenders, Doctors, Casualty and Bad Girls. His film credits include Wilde and Blue Ice.

Siobhán McSweeney most recently appeared in Fathers and Sons, The Captain of Köpenick, Mother Courage and her Children, England People Very Nice.

Her film credits include Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

How to Hold Your Breath runs from February 4-March 21 in the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

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