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Park Theatre revives The Vertical Hour

Published 22 April 2014

David Hare’s tale of a former war reporter whose steadfast views are challenged, The Vertical Hour, is to receive its first London revival at the Park Theatre this autumn.

Directed by Nigel Douglas, who previously worked on BAFTA-winning dramas including This Life and Clocking Off, Hare’s drama will run at the Park200 from 23 September.

First staged in London at the Royal Court in 2008, The Vertical Hour follows Professor of International Relations at Yale, Nadia Blye. She knows her own mind and knows a lot about war, having worked as a reporter in Sarajevo and Baghdad. Yet when she meets her boyfriend’s father her views are called into question. His intervention has far-reaching consequences for everyone.

The Vertical Hour opens at the Park following the recently announced transfer of hit Finborough Theatre musical Thérèse Raquin, which runs from 31 July to 24 August, and the world premiere of Jethro Compton’s adaptation of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

Casting has now been revealed for the classic Wild West tale. The Magnificent Seven’s Robert Vaughn, who was until recently starring in Twelve Angry Men in the less wild West End, will lend his voice to the production as its narrator, with Oliver Lansley as Ranse Foster. The cast is completed by Niamh Walsh, Paul Albertson, Lanre Malaolu, Robert G Slade, James Marlowe and Hayden Wood.

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