Strindberg classic The Father at Belgrade

By IH 26/03 Updated: 26/03 09:59

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AWARD-WINNING RSC regulars Katy Stephens and Joe Dixon will be taking to a different stage in The Father at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.

The new adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play examines a woman who will sacrifice anything to get what she believes is right. When she suggests to her husband that he may not be her daughter’s father at all, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have catastrophic consequences.

Running from March 31 to April 14, it was among a string of works from Scandinavian writers which had a huge influence on drama in the late 1800s and the claustrophobic, character driven style is still evident today in the increasing number of popular Scandinavian dramas such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Killing and Borgen.

Director Joe Harmston said: “We are on a mission to bring a sharp contemporary bite to the play; perfectly honouring Strindberg’s original. The Father is no entrenched battle of the sexes. It is a delicately perceptive exploration of the tragic complexities of relationships between men and women. This is an intensely modern play, not a piece of theatrical archaeology.”

The central couple will be played by Coventry-based Stephens and Birmingham-born Dixon. Both Joe and Katie have worked extensively in theatre, in particular with the RSC in Stratford and London.

A member of the RSC Ensemble from 2009 to 2011, Stephens has appeared in numerous productions including The Histories Cycle, for which she won the What’s On Stage Award for Best Actress in a Play. During her career she has also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Ensemble Performance and the Evening Standard Editor’s Award. Stephens returns to the Belgrade having appeared in Twelfth Night, Our Day Out and various pantomimes, in which she played the role of principal boy.

Fellow RSC actor Dixon has led the company in numerous RSC productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour's Lost opposite David Tenant. He also led the company alongside Sir Antony Sher when the RSC’s Jacobean and Elizabethan season won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement and Joe was also individually nominated for a Best Actor Award. Elsewhere, he played Jaques in Cheek by Jowl’s award-winning, all-male production of As You Like It, for which he received the Ian Charleson award from Prince Charles.

The cast also includes Patrick Toomey, Laurence Kennedy, Staten Cousins-Roe, Holly Earl and Barbara Young.

For tickets and further details visit www.belgrade.co.uk or call 024 7655 3055.

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