Nancy Carroll will join fellow Olivier Award winner Roger Allam in David Hare’s new play The Moderate Soprano when it premieres at the Hampstead Theatre this autumn.
The tale of Glyndebourne’s inception will play from 23 October to 28 November with a cast that also includes Nick Sampson, Paul Jesson and George Taylor.
Carroll follows her recent performance in Closer at the Donmar Warehouse to take on the role of Allam’s on-stage wife Audrey Mildmay. The London stage regular has notched up an impressive array of credits in recent years including House Of Games at the Almeida Theatre, The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse and After The Dance at the National Theatre. The latter earned the actress the prestigious 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actress.
Sampson has appeared extensively at the National Theatre with credits including Great Britain, Othello and Collaborators. As well as appearing in the Almeida Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning production of King Charles III, the actor was recently seen on stage in The Gathered Leaves at the Park Theatre.
Jesson was last seen entertaining London audiences in the role of Cardinal Wolsey in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.
Completing the cast, Taylor returns to the Hampstead Theatre following his 2012 performance in The Trial Of Ubu.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, The Moderate Soprano follows John Christie (Allam) as he embarks on an ambitious project to build an opera house on his estate in Sussex. With such a huge enterprise to fulfil, Christie comes to realise that passion alone may not be enough, but then he hears of a group of refugees for whom life in Germany is becoming impossible…
The Moderate Soprano will open at the Hampstead Theatre following the forthcoming run of Mr Foote’s Other Leg, which stars another Olivier Award winner, Simon Russell Beale, from 14 September.