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Gilbert is Dead

by Robin French

Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street N1 6SH

by Robin French will have its première at the Hoxton Hall for 4 weeks from Wednesday 4 November to Sunday 29 November 2009. The press performance is on Friday 6 November at 7.30pm.

In the cast are Ronan Vibert (Lucius/Gilbert), Kate Burdette (Lucille/Queen Victoria), William Chubb (Meriwether), Suzan Sylvester (Maisy). It is directed by Robert Wolstenholme, fight director Tim Klotz, with design by Chris Hone and lighting by Rob Mills. Puppet Maker and puppetry director is Seonaid Goody and music is by Nick Gill. GILBERT IS DEAD is produced by Shining Man Productions. Methuen is publishing the text.

GILBERT IS DEAD is a tragi-comedy about evolution. Set in London in the early 1860s, it concerns eminent taxidermist Lucius Trickett, who finds himself on a mission from Queen Victoria to help explorer Gilbert Shirley find the mysterious ghost loris – a primate that proves Darwin’s theory wrong and thus that God exists. 2009 marks both the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seismic work ‘On the Origin of Species’. Design will include the use of many puppets including a shark, nightingale, turtle and centipede.

Robin French has co written ‘Trinity’ with Kieron Quirke. This new ITV 8 part comedy series stars Charles Dance and Claire Skinner. He also co-wrote ‘Roommates’, a 13 part TV series transmitted by Disney earlier this year in the US. His stage plays include ‘Bear Hug’ Royal Court and ‘De Miraculis Sui Temporis’ for Paines Plough 2010. Robert Wolstenholme’s last directing credit was a revival of Simon Stephen’s ‘One Minute’ at the Courtyard and work by Neil LaBute, Joe Penhall and Patrick Marber. He has been assistant director to Michael Blakemore and Nicholas Hytner. Ronan Vibert’s most recent credits include in ‘Shanghai’ with John Cusack for release 2010, as Astrov in Uncle Vanya Wilton’s Music Hall, in ‘Dying For It’ at the Almeida and in the TV series ‘Rome’ and ‘Hotel Babylon’. Kate Burdette was in ‘The Duchess’ with Keira Knightley and in ‘Capturing Mary’ by Stephen Poliakoff with Maggie Smith. William Chubb’s stage credits include in many Peter Hall productions, as The Headmaster in ‘The History Boys’ at the National and as the Vicar in ‘The Sea’ with Eileen Atkins at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Last year Suzan Sylvester was in ‘Three Sisters on Hope Street’ at Hampstead Theatre. She has been in many Alan Ayckbourn plays at the National Theatre.

Tickets £15.00 concs £12.00 Box Office TicketWeb 08444 771 000 Press perf Friday 6th November 7.30pm
Perfs: Tue – Sat 7.30pm Sun 4.00pm Running time 2hrs 15mins
Signed perf Tues 17 Nov

15 October 2009