David Haig and Doon Mackichan have joined the previously announced Matt Di Angelo in the cast of Joe Orton’s Loot at the Tricycle theatre. Also appearing in the Sean Holmes-directed revival are Jim Creighton, James Hayes and Javone Prince.
Orton’s black farce Loot follows the fortunes of Dennis (Prince) and Hal (Di Angelo), two young lads who use Hal’s mum’s coffin to stash the loot from a recent heist. The plot thickens as her body continues popping up around the house, an unscrupulous police Inspector arrives and Nurse Fay tries to work her charms on Hal’s Dad.
Haig is one of Britain’s favourite comic actors with a speciality for indignant frustration. In addition to his recent appearances in both The Sea and The Country Wife as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket season directed by Jonathan Kent, his West End credits include Donkeys’ Years, Journey’s End and Mary Poppins. His film credits include Four Weddings And A Funeral and Lady Jane, while on television he starred in police comedy The Thin Blue Line. Haig has also written two plays, The Good Samaritan and My Boy Jack.
Mackichan is also a familiar comic face, having appeared in series including Smack The Pony, Nighty Night, Green Wing and Knowing Me Knowing You… With Alan Partridge. Her theatrical outings include hit farce Boeing Boeing (Comedy theatre), The Sacred Heart, Mother Courage (National Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Almeida theatre).
Creighton, Hayes and Prince have all previously worked with director Holmes, who has already staged Moonlight And Magnolias and Twelfth Night at the Tricycle this year.
Creighton appeared in Holmes’s The Entertainer at the Old Vic and also has an extensive list of credits at the National Theatre. Both Hayes and Prince were in the companies of Holmes’s Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Richard III and Measure For Measure. Hayes has also worked with the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, while Prince is currently appearing in In The Red And Brown Water at the Young Vic.
Di Angelo, best known for playing Deano Wicks in EastEnders and for appearing in the 2007 series of Strictly Come Dancing, makes his professional stage Debut in Loot.
Loot runs at the Tricycle between 11 December and 31 January. It is preceded by Irish comic thriller Rank (3 November to 22 November) and a short return for Twelfth Night (1 December to 6 December).