Trollied’s Samuel Anderson heads for The Retreat at Park Theatre

Yasmine Akram, Samuel Anderson and Adam Deacon in The Retreat. Image Craig Sugden.

Samuel Anderson, Adam Deacon and Yasmine Akram are to star in BAFTA award-winning writer Sam Bain’s debut play, the comedy drama, The Retreat, which premieres at London’s Park Theatre this November.

Directed by Kathy Burke, The Retreat follows Luke, a former high-flyer from the City, as he sits in a remote stone hut halfway up a mountain in the Scottish Highlands.

He is on a meditation retreat, searching for the inner peace that so far has eluded him. The trouble is, not only will his mind not settle, but an uninvited guest arrives – his obnoxious older brother Tony.

Is Tony everything that’s wrong with Luke’s old life, or is he the only one who can really see into his soul?

And is Luke’s quest for spirituality a way of transforming himself, or is it just another form of addiction?

The Retreat is a sharp new comedy drama about a world where we can never escape ourselves, or find ourselves either.

Adam Deacon (Tony) is best known for playing the lead role of Jay in films Kidulthood and Adulthood, and for his directorial debut Anuvahood, in which he also starred, for which he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Adam’s TV work includes Babylon (Channel 4), Inside No. 9 (BBC Two) and Being Human (BBC Three).

Samuel Anderson (Luke) is perhaps best known for playing Danny Pink in the eighth series of BBC’s Doctor Who, and Daniel in the Sky1 sitcom Trollied.

Other television work includes Ross Kirk in Emmerdale (ITV), Totally Frank (Channel 4), Moving On (BBC One) and Loaded (Channel 4).

On stage, Samuel originated the role of Crowther in the National Theatre production of The History Boys, subsequently playing the role on Broadway and all over the world.

Yasmine Akram (Tara) has starred as Janine in the hit BBC show Sherlock, Jonesy in Netflix’s Lovesick, and has been a series regular in shows including Stella (Sky1), Undercover (Dave), Asylum (BBC) and Unforgotten (ITV).

The Retreat is written by Sam Bain, who with Jesse Armstrong has co-created and co-written nine series of the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, winning BAFTA, British Comedy, Royal Television Society and Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards.

Sam is also co-creator of Channel 4 comedy drama Fresh Meat which ran for four series and won a British Comedy Award.

Film writing includes Four Lions, co-written with Chris Morris, which premiered at Sundance and won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. Sam’s first solo series Ill Behaviour premiered on BBC iPlayer this Summer before being broadcast on BBC Two.

The Retreat will run at the Park Theatre from November 2 to December 2.

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