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Mark Strong and Hope Davis lead The Red Barn

First Published 18 July 2016, Last Updated 18 July 2016

New psychological thriller The Red Barn will be led by Olivier Award-winner Mark Strong and Tony Award nominee Hope Davis, it has been announced.

Strong will return to the National Theatre for the first time in almost two decades for the production, while acclaimed actress Davis, perhaps best known for her role in HBO series In Treatment and her star turn in the original Broadway production of God Of Carnage in 2009, will make her UK stage debut.   

Opening at the Lyttelton Theatre on 6 October, and based on the novel La Main by acclaimed detective writer Georges Simenon, The Red Barn tells the story of events unfolding in Connecticut in 1969. Two couples attend a party but, struggling home through the snow, not everyone will arrive back safely.

Further casting is due to be released later this summer following the announcement  of Hope and Strong, whose universally acclaimed performance as Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge scooped the Olivier Award for Best Actor, alongside Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations upon its transatlantic transfer.

Directed by 2016 Olivier Award for Best Director winner Robert Icke, and penned by the celebrated playwright David Hare, The Red Barn is already shaping up to be a star-studded affair, and is booking from 6 October to 19 November, with additional performances to be announced.

Tickets can be purchased from the National Theatre website.


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