Marshal, an international star since her portrayal of Cleopatra in the BBC/HBO series Rome, plays Nan Janeway, the sister of McAvoy’s Walker, who joins her brother for the reading of their architect father Ned’s will. His legacy is a renowned 1960s New York house so, together with Ned’s business partner’s son Pip (Harman), they set about settling the estate. As the trio explores the stories of the previous generation, Richard Greenberg’s play examines how the private worlds of one generation are reinterpreted by the next. To achieve this, the actors play both parents and offspring.
In addition to Rome, Marshal’s screen credits have included Oscar-winning film The Hours and Golden Globe-winner The Gathering Storm. In recent years she has been building a long list of London stage credits, appearing in The Hypochondriac at the Almeida theatre, A Matter Of Life And Death at the National Theatre and Absurdia at the Donmar Warehouse. Prior to Three Days Of Rain, she takes to the Royal Court stage opposite Bertie Carvel and JJ Feild in The Pride.
Three Days Of Rain marks McAvoy’s first return to the London stage since breaking Hollywood with performances in films including Atonement, The Last King Of Scotland, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe and Wanted. The former Shameless and State Of Play star previously appeared in Privates On Parade at the Donmar Warehouse and Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court.
Harman, who is best known for playing Dennis Rickman in EastEnders, also starring in Privates On Parade, and was more recently seen in Guys And Dolls at the Piccadilly theatre and The Caretaker at the Tricycle theatre.
Three Days Of Rain opens at the Apollo theatre on 10 February, following previews from 30 January, and runs until 9 May, continuing the list of watery-titled shows at the Shaftesbury Avenue venue. Currently playing is the Josh Hartnett/Adam Godley production of film adaptation Rain Man, which runs until 20 December. Rain Man is followed, from 29 December until 24 January, by the transfer of Trafalgar Studios hit Well, which stars Sarah Miles and Natalie Casey.