Pullman in the crazy house

David Harbor and Bill Pullman return to the West End for the world premiere of Mad House, Theresa Rebeck’s dark and funny new play. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Mad House opens at the Ambassadors Theater in June for a strictly limited season.

A family reunion. It’s time to pay for your last disrespects. In rural Pennsylvania, Michael (David Harbour) has returned to his childhood home to care for his dying father, Daniel (Bill Pullman). His siblings Nedward (Stephen Wight) and Pam (Sinead Matthews) soon arrive, determined to figure out how much money Dad has left and how they get their hands on it.

Hanako Footman plays Devon. His theater credits include Modern Love (Pleasance Theatre/Etcetera Theatre) and Thyestes (Courtyard Theatre).

David Harbor plays Michael. His theatrical work includes Cal in Camo (Rattlestick Theatre), Glengarry Glen Ross (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater 50th Anniversary reading), The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst Theatre), The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage , The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 – Shipwreck, The Coast of Utopia: Part 3 – Rescue (Vivian Beaumont Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Longacre Theater – Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play – also Apollo Theater in the West End), The Invention of Love (Lyceum Theatre) and The Rainmaker (Brooks Atkinson Theatre).

Akiya Henry plays Lillian. Her theater credits include Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), The Tragedy of Macbeth (Almeida Theater – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Dirty Crusty (The Yard Theatre), The Dark (Fuel Theatre), Medea, An Oak Tree, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic), The Little Matchgirl, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, Under the Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe), Sense of an Ending, Cake and Congo (Theatre503), Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), The Nutcracker and The Mouse King (The Unicorn Theatre), Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre), Ten Women (Oval House Theatre), Mottled Lines (Orange Tree Theatre), Swallows and Amazons (Vaudeville Theatre/ UK tour), The Colored Museum (Talawa Theater Company), The Beggar’s Opera, Hello Dolly, The Tempest (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (RSC New York), Carmen Jones (The Southbank Centre), Safe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Enchanted Pig, Skellig (Young Vic), Coram Boy, Once in a Life time, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre), Just So, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Singing Group (Chelsea Theatre). For television, his credits include Obsession: Dark Desires, Silent Witness, Captain Mack and Little Britain; and for the cinema, Macbeth, Rabbit Fever, The Best Man, Calcium Kid and De Lovely.

Sinead Matthews plays Pam. Her theatrical work includes The Antipodes, Absolute Hell, Hedda Gabler, Evening at the Talk House, Blurred Lines, Our Class, Women of Troy, The Mandate (National Theatre), The Starry Messenger (Wyndham’s Theatre), Loot (Park Theatre/The Watermill Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Albert Hall), Giving, Wasp (Hampstead Theatre), The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield Theatre/Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), Pests (Royal Exchange Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, UK tour ), Trout Stanley (Southwark Playhouse), A Time to Reap (Royal Court Theatre), The Changeling, The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic), The Way of the World, The Crucible (Sheffield Theatres), The Master and Margarita (Barbican and tour), Ecstasy (Hampstead Theater and West End), Lulu (Gate Theatre/Headlong), Eigengrau, The Ghostly Heart/Little Dolls (Bush Theatre), The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse – Ian Charleson Award winner), The Birthday Party (West Fin) and Spoonface Steinberg (GBS). For television his work includes Hullraisers, The Power, Sick of It, The Crown, Hang Ups, Chewing Gum, In the Dark, Toast of London, Inside No. 9, The Smoke, Way To Go, Black Mirror, Men are Wonderful, Half Broken Things, Ideal, Trial and Retribution, Who Gets the Dog, London, He Knew He Was Right and Viva Las Blackpool; and for the film, Happy New Year Colin Burstead, Self Help: A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, This Family, Jellyfish, Kaleidoscope, Daphne, Mr Turner, Wreckers, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, The Boat That Rocked, Spring of 41 , Happy Go Lucky, Pride and Prejudice and Vera Drake.

Charlie Oscar plays Skylar. His theater credits include All’s Well That Ends Well (The Changeling Theatre). For television, his credits include Doctor Who; and for the cinema, Mothering Sunday.

Bill Pullman returns to the London stage to play Daniel, the family patriarch. He previously starred in All My Sons at The Old Vic. Her other theatrical works include The Other Place (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), Oleanna, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? (John Golden Theatre) and Off-Broadway, The Jacksonian, Peter and Jerry – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Sticks and Bones. Bill was nominated for “Best Actor” in four of New York’s six major productions.

Stephen Wight plays Edward. His theatrical work includes Europe, Don Juan in Soho (Donmar Warehouse), McQueen (St James Theater and West End), The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and West End), The Habit of Art (National Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Royal Exchange Theatre), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC).

Theresa Rebeck is a prolific and widely produced playwright, whose work has been staged across the world. His Broadway work includes Bernhardt/Hamlet, Dead Accounts, Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable pieces from New York and the region include Seared (MCC), Downstairs (Primary Stages), The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House. (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout), View of the Dome (NYTW), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize finalist). As a director, his work has been seen at the Alley Theater (Houston), the REP Company (Delaware), the Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Theatre. Major film and TV projects include Trouble – with Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse (writer and director), NYPD Blue, NBC series Smash (creator) and female spy thriller 355 (for Jessica’s production company Chastain). As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I’m Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award and the Lilly Award.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel conducts. His work on Broadway includes Bernhardt/Hamlet (Roundabout Theater Company), Present Laughter (St James Theatre), Hand to God (Booth Theater – Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play, as well as in the West End at the Vaudeville Theater). Off-Broadway, his credits include Seared (MCC Theatre, also at the Williamstown Theater Festival); The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); Teenage Dick (The Public Theatre, also at Pasadena Playhouse, Huntington Theater Company and Woolly Mammoth); Important Twentieth-Century Hats (Manhattan Theater Club); Truth (Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3); Bike America (Ma-Yi, also at the Alliance Theater); Love Song by the Albanian sous-chef, The Bird and the 2-Ton Weight and Turnabout (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Trevor and Too Little Too Late (Little America); My Base and Scorbut Heart, Spacebar and Historie of the Barber-Surgeons (Studio 42); Mel & El: Show & Tell (Ars Nova); Two Gentlemen of Verona, and As You Like It (poor boy); as well as numerous regional works including Found: A New Musical, Tell Me I’m Not Crazy, Tiger Style!, Romance Novels for Dummies, All Is Calm, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Much Ado About Nothing. He is the former artistic director of Studio 42.

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND from June 15 to September 4. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Admission: £25 – £95.

Reservation: www.atgtickets.com – 0844 871 7615


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