News: Arcola Theatre announces Danny Kirrane, Will Merrick and Ralph Prosser in the cast of Gentlemen

The full casting has been announced today for the world première of Matt Parvin’s new drama Gentlemen, directed by Richard Speir, which opens at Arcola Theatre on 24 March, with previews from 18 March.

Testing the limits of retribution and the power of social status at university, Gentlemen examines what happens when culture turns toxic, and how a fear of not fitting in risks everyone losing out.

Will Merrick returns to Arcola to play Greg. Known for his role as Alo Creevey in the E4 drama Skins, for which he won the RTS Award for Best Actor, Will has since starred as snooker player Steve Davis in the BBC’s The Rack Pack and as Nicky in the E4 sitcom Dead Pixels. He previously starred in Ella Hickson’s Boys, which transferred to Arcola in 2013 following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Danny Kirrane makes his Arcola debut as Timby. Danny’s extensive stage career includes roles at the National Theatre, Royal Court and Almeida Theatre. He has also starred in Jed Mercurio’s Critical, the E4 sitcom Wasted and the musical film Walking on Sunshine.

Ralph Prosser plays Kaspar, in his professional theatre debut.

The creative team includes Cecilia Trono (Designer), Geoff Hense (Lighting Designer) and Beth Duke (Sound Designer).

Matt Parvin previously trained as part of the Arcola Theatre Writer’s Programme in 2015. His adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with the Oxford University Dramatic Society, was presented at Arcola Theatre in 2013 as part of the E8Eh programme of Edinburgh Festival Fringe transfers.

Gentlemen is a part of Arcola Theatre’s 20th anniversary season, a year-long programme which includes new work by Barney Norris, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Leyla Nazli, David Farr and Tena Štivičić, and from a new generation of writers. Tickets for the 2020 Season start from £12, with over 27,000 tickets available for £20 or less across the year, plus Pay What You Can continues every Tuesday.

Gentlemen writer Matt Parvin said: “I am delighted to be working at Arcola and honoured to be one of the first shows in their 20th anniversary season. The first play of mine to be staged in London was on in Studio 2, which remains one of my favourite theatre spaces. I can’t wait to see Gentlemen in there, brought to life by the fantastic Danny Kirrane, Will Merrick and Ralph Prosser, and directed by the brilliant Richard Speir.”

Previews of Gentlemen begin on 18 March, and the run ends on 18 April. 

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