Belinda Lang and Jules Melvin completes casting for Theatre6’s revival of Moira Buffini’s WWII drama, Gabriel, which opens a UK tour at London’s Richmond Theatre later this month.
This will be the 20th anniversary production of Gabriel and is only the second professional production since it was first staged at the Soho Theatre in 1997.
The story of Gabriel is based in 1943 Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Widow and mother Jeanne does whatever it takes to keep her adolescent daughter Estelle and daughter-in-law Lily safe on an island filled with danger and fear.
Her toughest test arrives in the form of the terrifying Commander Von Pfunz, whose romantic advances may be the only way to keep her family alive.
But tensions intensify when a mysterious young man is washed ashore with no memory of who he is. Fluent in German and English, is he an RAF pilot, an SS interrogator, a local boy with amnesia or a saviour sent from heaven?
The stakes are high and getting it wrong means certain death.
Belinda Lang (2 Point 4 Children) is set to play the lead role of Jeanne. Her theatre credits include including Alan Bennett’s Single Spies, The Glass Menagerie, Oklahoma! UK Tour and Hay Fever (Haymarket Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre).
Jules Melvin’s theatre credits include Private Lives (Hampstead Theatre), The Rose Tattoo (National Theatre) and Othello, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe).
They join the previously announced Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who and The Monocled Mutineer) as Von Pfunz, Robin Morrissey (Twelfth Night) in the title role of Gabriel, Sarah Schoenbeck (CBBC’s 4 O’Clock Club) as Lily and Venice van Someren (Thérèse Raquin at Southwark Playhouse) as Estelle.
UK TOUR SCHEDULE
28 March – 1 April, RICHMOND THEATRE
4 – 8 April, LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE
11 – 15 April, DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE, EASTBOURNE
18 – 22 April, THEATRE CLWYD
24 – 29 April, THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR
8 – 13 May,GREENWICH THEATRE
15 – 20 May, YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD.