Proud Haddock’s The Dog Beneath The Skin will star Pete Ashmore (Arms and the Man, Watford Palace Theatre; Private Lives, Mercury Theatre; Treasure Island, Birmingham Rep) as Alan Norman and Cressida Bonas (Mrs Orwell, Old Red Lion Theatre, Southwark Playhouse; An Evening With Lucian Freud, Leicester Square Theatre; The Great Gatsby, Leicester Square Theatre) as The Dog.
Edmund Digby Jones (The Crown, Netflix; Outlander, Starz; Mrs Orwell, Old Red Lion, Southwark Playhouse), Eva Feiler (Othello, RSC; The Merchant of Venice, RSC; Father Brown, BBC), Rujenne Green (Cookies, Theatre Royal Haymarket), James Marlowe (Touch, Soho Theatre; The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre; Primetime, Royal Court), Suzann Mclean (Words, Bristol Old Vic; Good Omens, BBC; The Honourable Woman, BBC) and Adam Sopp (Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre; Call The Midwife, BBC; 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Shakespeare’s Globe/US Tour) will complete the cast.
The sleepy English village of Pressan Ambo has a secret. Ten years ago, Sir Francis Crewe, heir to the local estate disappeared. Every year a young man is chosen by lot to go searching for him. Alan Norman, accompanied by a surprisingly intelligent dog, sets out on a journey through pre-War Europe.
First published in 1935 and first performed in 1936, Auden and Isherwood’s vivid depiction of a world on the brink of collapse has never seemed so timely. Part madcap misadventure, part piercing social satire the play originally served as a pre-war satire against the back drop to the rise of fascism in pre-war 1930’s Europe. Using innovative set design, lighting, choreography and live music, the audience will be taken on a journey through multiple worlds of palaces, asylums, street corners and cabaret bars.
Director Jimmy Walters comments, It’s great for Proud Haddock to be part of this exciting new season at the Jermyn Street Theatre and we feel both excited and privileged to be staging such a relevant piece with so much to offer an audience.