Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray leads the cast for the premiere of an all-female version of Posh.
This scintillating new production, which runs at London’s Pleasance Theatre from March 29, gives Laura Wade’s play a new, topical voice by putting women centre stage in roles originally written for men.
The production will be directed by Off West End Award winner Cressida Carré.
Darkly comic and disgracefully entertaining, the universally acclaimed Posh, burst to life at London’s Royal Court theatre, in 2010, with a cast that featured future stars Kit Harrington and James Norton.
The production eventually transferred to the West End receiving a fanfare of plaudits. Posh became a huge hit with critics and audience alike.
Now the riotous story of Oxford student dining club, a fictionalised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club, will be reinvented for the first time by a company of all-female actors.
In the private dining room of a gastro pub, 10 young bloods, with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets, are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule.
As members of an elite student dining society, they’re bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine.
This thrilling new production has a topical voice. This isn’t just a jolly: these women are planning a revolution. Welcome to the Riot Club.
It was filmed in 2014 for cinema release as The Riot Club, directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Freddie Fox and Douglas Booth.
Award-winning actress Hannah Murray was last seen on stage, in London, in Martine at the Finborough Theatre.
Hannah made her West End debut in Polly Stenham’s That Face at the Royal Court. Her breakthrough TV role was playing Cassie in E4’s cult series Skins, before going on to star in features Chatroom, God Help The Girl, Lily and Kat and The Chosen.
She will next be seen reprising the role of Gilly in the final series of HBO/SKY series Game of Thrones.
Hannah Murray said: “I am so excited to be a part of this production, it’s a fascinating opportunity to explore and investigate the nature of privilege – a topic I feel there is an increasing urgency to examine and discuss.
“Working with an all-female ensemble cast is a brilliant opportunity to collaborate with a fantastic company of talented women, which is not something that happens often enough.”
The rest of the cast features Lucy Aarden, Cassie Bradley, Alice Brittain, Molly Hanson, Verity Kirk, Macy Nyman, Toni Peach, Jessica Siân, Sarah Thom, Gabby Wong, Amani Zardoe.
Director Cressida Carré said: “I am so looking forward to exploring the play with this fantastic all-female cast.
“We are in a very exciting time in theatre where existing works are being turned on their head giving us so much more potential to play with and the reinvention of many are opening up our perceptions in so many ways.
“Gender equality, privilege and class are certainly topics which are prevalent today and it will be exciting to see what happens when these historically male characters are played by women.”
Laura Wade said: “It’s always interesting to see a new cast take on Posh, but it’ll be fascinating to see what light an all-female company can throw on the play’s world of power and privilege.
“I’m often asked what Posh would have been like if there were women in the Riot Club instead of men. Perhaps now I get to find out.”
The all-female production of Posh runs at the Pleasance Theatre, North London, from March 29 – April 22.