Matthew Marsh, a regular face to theatregoers and television watchers alike, has joined the cast of Royal Court autumn offering Now Or Later.
Joining Marsh and the previously announced Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Redmayne and Adam James in Christopher Shinn’s new drama are Nancy Crane and Pamela Nomvete. Now Or Later runs at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 3 September to 18 October (press night 11 September).
Now Or Later is set on US election night, and things are looking good for the Democrats and their candidate. He is tucked up in a hotel room with his wife, advisors and son John Jr. Everything has been orchestrated to ensure there are no surprises, but on the internet controversial images of John Jr are gathering momentum. While the advisors work on damage limitation, father and son must try to reach an agreement.
Marsh returns to the Royal Court, where he last appeared in the Rough Cuts season of works-in-progress, to play the president elect. Among his recent London theatre credits, Marsh has appeared in A Prayer For My Daughter (Young Vic), Glengarry Glen Ross (Apollo) and The Lightning Play (Almeida). On the small screen, Marsh played CIA agent Bob Hogan in BBC spy drama Spooks, and DCI Mike Hedges in Lynda La Plante crime drama The Commander.
Redmayne, who plays John Jr, previously worked with Marsh in the Almeida and West End success The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?, winning Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for his performance. His other stage roles include the Donmar Warehouse’s Hecuba, while his screen career includes performances in The Other Boleyn Girl and Elizabeth – The Golden Age.
Gleeson received a Tony nomination for his performance in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, and has appeared in American Buffalo, Great Expectations (both Gate, Dublin) Well Of The Saints and She Stoops To Conquer (both Abbey, Dublin).
American playwright Shinn has found a London home at the Royal Court, where his previous plays Where Do We Live, Four, Other People and Pulitzer Prize nominee Dying City have all been staged. Now Or Later is directed by the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Dominic Cooke, whose recent credits at the Sloane Square venue include The Pain And The Itch, Rhinoceros and Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat.