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Award winning actress Eve Myles and Royal Shakespeare Company actress Susannah Fielding are confirmed to star alongside American actor Zach Braff (Scrubs and Garden State) in his UK stage acting debut of the new comedy, All New People. This witty play, written by Braff, will be directed by award-winning Peter DuBois.
Eve Myles is best known for her role as Gwyn in the BBC1 series Torchwood and has also appeared in Doctor Who, Belonging, Merlin and EastEnders. 'I'm delighted to have been cast as the character of Emma in such a well anticipated and funny play,' says Eve. 'Having concentrated on TV work recently I'm excited to be returning to the stage and I'm very much looking forward to working with Zach and Peter.'
Having made her name on stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, Susannah Fielding has recently been seen in TV shows including Wallander, Doctor Who and Pete Versus Life. 'I am very excited to be appearing on the West End stage in All New People,' says Susannah. 'With such a witty script and some fabulous lines, I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into playing the role of Kim.'
All New People will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 22 February 2012. Before arriving in London for 10 weeks, audiences in Manchester and Glasgow will get the chance to enjoy the play when it is staged at the Manchester Opera House, between 8 – 11 February and the King’s Theatre, Glasgow, between 14 – 18 February.
A contemporary comedy, All New People debuted at New York’s award-winning Second Stage Theatre packed out nightly in the 2011 season.
In the dead of winter, at his wealthy friends’ luxury Long Beach Island apartment, Charlie (Zach Braff) has hit rock bottom on his 35th birthday. Away from the rest of the world, this perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, a fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country all suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny, while Charlie just wishes they’d leave and let him get on with it.
Best known for the smash-hit TV comedy Scrubs – nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and watched by over 22 million people worldwide – writer, director and star of the award-winning Garden State, Zach Braff is a three time Golden Globe nominee and Grammy Award winner. Peter DuBois is the Artistic Director of Boston’s Huntington Theatre, and was awarded the Callaway Award for Excellence in Directing from the Society of Stage Directors, and recently won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production from the Boston Theatre Critics Association. DuBois was resident director and former associate producer at New York's acclaimed Public Theater, and former artistic director of Alaska's innovative Perseverance Theatre Company. DuBois made his UK directorial debut in 2011 with Becky Shaw at the Almeida Theatre, which was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award.
'Zach Braff scores with All New People, a morbidly funny play about the trendy new existential condition of being young, adorable and miserable.'
Marilyn Stasio, Variety
'Sensationally funny! The jokes are delivered with the precision of ace dart throwers in this slick and lively comedy.'
Charles Isherwood, NY Times
'All New People is a hipper, edgier take on the bantering comedies that were once the domain of playwrights like Neil Simon.'
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter