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The End Of History... at the Royal Court (Photo: Niall McDiarmid)

David Morrissey & Lesley Sharp lead cast in The End Of History

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 28 May 2019, Last Updated 9 July 2019

The cast for the upcoming world premiere of The End Of History has been announced, with David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp in the lead roles.

A new play by Jack Thorne, The End Of History tells the story of married couple Sal and David (played by Lesley and David), as they await their children coming home for a family dinner, and there’s a lot to worry about.

Lesley Sharp and David Morrissey play husband and wife in Jack Thorne’s new play.

Their eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; daughter Polly is coming back from Cambridge University just for the occasion; and their youngest, Tom, will hopefully he’ll make it out of detention in time.

But Sal and David aren’t worried about the food they’re dishing up; they’d rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism. After all, when you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to.

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Directed by the Royal Court Theatre’s Associate Director John Tiffany, the rest of the cast are Zoe Boyle (Six Degree of Separation), Laurie Davidson (The Ferryman), Kate O’Flynn (The Glass Menagerie) and Sam Swainsbury (The Twilight Zone).

You may well recognise David for his appearances in hit-TV shows including Inside No.9, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who. Also appearing in several successful films, David has previously won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor. David has also performed in several West End productions including Three Days of Rain, Much Ado About Nothing and several RSC shows.

Award-winning actress Lesley Sharp has received critical acclaim for several of her roles. She’s already won a Sky Arts Television Award for Best Actress, Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Afterlife) and Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress (Bob & Rose). Her West End credits include The Seagull, Little Voice and Ghosts.

The End Of History’s writer, Jack Thorne, has been involved in many successful projects, including Let the Right One In (Royal Court),  King Kong (Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Old Vic) and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (West End/Broadway).

Jack has also been involved in several TV and film productions, including This Is England, The Fades and National Treasure. Jack has won several awards for his writing, including BAFTA & RTS Television awards for Best Mini-Series (National Treasure); BAFTA for Best Mini-Series (This Is England ’90); BAFTA for Best Single Drama (Don’t Take My Baby); BAFTA for Best Series (The Fades) and  BAFTA for Best Serial (This Is England ’88).

The End Of History will run at the Royal Court Theatre (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs) between 27 June – 10 August 2019. Tickets are available now.



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