Misfits star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett will join Chris New, Mariah Gale and Italian actor Steve Guadino in a revival of The Pitchfork Disney to mark the controversial play’s 21st anniversary.
Philip Ridley’s electrifying debut play will open at the Arcola theatre on 1 February, following previews from 25 January. The play premiered at the Bush theatre in 1991 and has since been hailed as having kick started the ‘in-yer-face’ writing revolution.
Set in a surreal world, The Pitchfork Disney tells the story of Presley and Hayley. Ten years ago something terrible happened to the brother and sister and since then they have lived alone in their dead parents’ house. But one night their safe isolation is shattered by the arrival of Cosmo Disney, who confronts them with the scariest question of all… what exactly happened to their parents?
Stewart-Jarrett can currently be seen in Channel 4’s popular superheroes drama Misfits. The actor’s theatre credits include Wig Out! at the Royal Court, The History Boys at the National Theatre and in the West End, and Big White Fog at the Almeida.
New was last seen on the London stage starring opposite Matt Lucas in Prick Up Your Ears, but has recently found success on screen with the award-winning film Weekend. The actor was nominated for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards in 2006 for his role in Bent and has since appeared in The Reporter at the National and Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) productions of Twelfth Night and The Comedy Of Errors
Gale is also a RSC regular having starred as Juliet in Rupert Goold’s critically acclaimed production of Romeo And Juliet and as Ophelia to David Tennant’s Hamlet. The award-winning actress also boasts credits in The Sea and Vernon God Little, as well as television credits including The Diary Of Anne Frank and Skins.
The Pitchfork Disney is directed by Edward Dick who recently directed Ridley’s The Fastest Clock In The Universe at the Hampstead theatre. His other credits include Twelfth Night at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre and Romeo And Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe.
The Pitchfork Disney runs at the Arcola theatre until 17 March.