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Final casting has been announced for director Simon Evans‘ forthcoming London revival of Peter Nichols’ ground breaking bittersweet comedy, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, which runs at Trafalgar Studios from Saturday 21 September to Saturday 30 November 2019.
Storme Toolis will make her West End debut in the role of Joe Egg, making Toolis, who suffers from cerebral palsy, the first disabled actor to play the role in the show’s West End history.
The full cast includes Toby Stephens, Claire Skinner, Patricia Hodge, Clarence Smith, Lucy Eaton, Athena Stevens, Harry Attwell, and Rebecca Hands-Wicks.
Howard Panter said:
“Storme is a brilliant actor and we are delighted she is joining the company alongside Toby, Claire, Patricia, Lucy and Clarence. At a time when there is so much division and despair in this country, Joe Egg shows that if we find a way to care, we all eventually find redemption.”
Bri (Stephens) and Sheila (Skinner) have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born. Nicknaming her “Joe Egg”, they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality. This remarkable story challenges all our assumptions on the limits of love and the power of family.
Inspired by Nichols’ own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays of its generation and the issues faced by two parents in this bittersweet comedy still resonate with audiences today, breaking your heart one minute and filling it with warmth the next.
The production is designed by Olivier Award winner Peter McKintosh, with lighting design by Prema Mehta and sound design and composition by Ed Lewis.
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