Toby Stephens, Lydia Leonard and Peter Polycarpou join the cast of Oslo. Hailed as 'hands down the best play of the season' (The Washington Post), Oslo transfers to the West End this October.
This gripping new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, was awarded Best Play at the 2017 Tony Awards, as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards.
In 1993, in front of the world's press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.
Oslo tells the true story of how one young Norwegian couple Mona Juul (Lydia Leonard) and her husband,Terje Rød-Larsen (Toby Stephens) planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together - and fighting each other - as they seek to change the world.
Toby Stephens' previous stage work includes A Doll's House (Donmar Warehouse), A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Hamlet (RSC), Phèdre (Almeida and Brooklyn Academy Of Music),Tartuffe (Playhouse), and Ring Round the Moon (Lincoln Center).
Lydia Leonard appeared in Time and the Conways at the National Theatre. Her previous stage work includes Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, Let There Be Love (Tricycle) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bristol Old Vic).
Peter Polycarpou takes on the role Ahmed Qurie, the former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. His previous work at the National Theatre includes The Magistrate and Oklahoma! (also West End). He was in the original company of Les Miserables (RSC) and Miss Saigon (West End), and he most recently appeared in Working at Southwark Playhouse.
JT Rogers previous plays include Blood and Gifts, which premiered at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2010, Madagascar (Theatre503 in London and Melbourne Theatre Company) and White People (Off-Broadway; Starry Night Productions). He was one of the authors of the Olivier nominated The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre. His plays have been seen across the U.S., and in Canada, Germany and Israel.
Bartlett Sher makes his directorial debut for the National Theatre with Oslo. His previous work in the UK includes Women on the Verge of a Breakdown (Playhouse) and South Pacific (Barbican Centre).
The cast also includes Geraldine Alexander, Philip Arditti, Thomas Arnold, Nabil Elouahabi, Paul Herzberg, Karoline Gable, Anthony Shuster, Daniel Stewart and Howard Ward. Further casting will be announced closer to the run.
Oslo plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 2 October to 30 December 2017, click here to book your tickets now.