Cast announced for the first London revival of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour.

Peter Davison, probably best known for playing The Doctor in Doctor Who, will take the part of Oliver, with Thusitha Jayasundera joining him as Nadia. The play, which received its UK premiere at the Royal Court in 2008, will be directed by Nigel Douglas and opens on 25 September, with previews from 23 September, running until 26 Ocotber.

Nadia Blye knows exactly what her stance is on Iraq.  A former war reporter and Professor of International Relations at Yale, she has advised the President and seen action in Sarajevo and Baghdad.  She is sure of her place in the world and her opinion of it. 

Until, that is, she meets an equally opinionated and lethally charming man – her boyfriend’s father – over a weekend in Shropshire.  His intervention has far-reaching consequences for them all. 

A gripping play that pits personal philosophies against global politics.

Peter Davison plays Oliver.  His theatre credits include Legally Blonde – The Musical (Savoy Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), Under the Doctor (Comedy Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Dial M for Murder (UK tour), An Absolute Turkey (Globe Theatre), The Last Yankee (Young Vic and Duke of York’s Theatre), The Decorator (Yvonne Arnaud and UK tour), Arsenic and Old Lace (Chichester Festival Theatre),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Edinburgh Lyceum).  Perhaps best known for his role as The Doctor in Doctor Who, his other television credits include Law and Order, All Creatures Great and Small, At Home with the Braithwaites, Cabbage and Pat, The Queen, Miranda, Distant Shores, The Last Detective, Fear Stress and Anger, The Complete Guide to Parenting and Aint Misbehaving; and for film, Parting Shots, Ghosts of Winterborne, Black Beauty and A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday.

Thusitha Jayasundera plays Nadia.  Her theatre credits include The Nine O’Clock Slot (Ice and Fire), Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), A Day at the Racists (Finborough Theatre), Dreams of Violence (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre and UK tour), Crime and Punishment, Warhorse and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre), Twelfth Night and As I Lay Dying (Young Vic) and The Comedy of Errors, Cain, Peer Gint and Pentecost (RSC).  Her TV work includes The Bill (series regular), Holby City (series regular), Broadchurch, The C Word and Above Suspicion.

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