Ellie Kendrick and Sinéad Matthews will star in the Royal Court Theatre’s forthcoming drama Pests, the latest work from acclaimed playwright Vivienne Franzmann.
Playing at the Sloane Square venue from 27 March (press night 2 April) to 3 May, Pests will be directed by Lucy Morrison, Head of Artistic Programme for Clean Break, the female-led theatre company renowned for its work with women offenders that is co-producing the drama alongside Manchester’s Royal Exchange.
Kendrick and Matthews will take on the roles of Rolly and Pink respectively, two sisters who are cuffed to a past that refuses to release them.
Neither actress is a stranger to the Royal Court stage. Kendrick, whose roles in high-profile television series including Game Of Thrones and The Diary Of Anne Frank have made the young actress a familiar face on screen, appeared in The Low Road and In The Republic Of Happiness. Her forthcoming co-star Matthews, who boasts numerous London stage credits including Joe Hill Gibbins’ acclaimed productions of The Changeling and The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic, last appeared at the venue in A Time To Reap.
Following its run at the Royal Court, Pests will embark on a UK tour. The drama, which plays in the intimate Jerwood Theatre Upstairs space, follows the current Russell Tovey-led drama The Pass, which began previews earlier this week.