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by David Mamet

criterion productions plc, Karl Sydow

  • Theatre Royal, Bath, 24th - 29th April 2000

  • New Ambassador's TheatreNew Ambassadors Theatre, 14 March - 22 April 2000

  • Theatre Royal, Brighton, 28 February 2000

  • Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, Monday 28 February - Saturday 4 March 2000 (Box Office 020 8940 0088)

  • Oxford Playhouse, Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 February 2000

Mark Strong and Patrick MarberFrom the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna and American Buffalo comes a brilliant comic look at the world of the Hollywood Executive.

A film producer faces the ultimate dilemma. His best friend brings him the movie that will make his fortune; a beautiful girl offers him the movie that will save his soul. He only has one choice. In this tale of greed, seduction and power everything he believes in will be put to the test.

Mark Strong, Kimberly Williams, Patrick MarberWhen the biggest star in Hollywood wants to make your movie, just how far will you go to clinch the deal? David Mamet strips the tinsel from a town where artistic integrity is put to the ultimate test. A formidable cast featuring Mark Strong, Patrick Marber and American star Kimberly Williams are brought together in this tale of greed, seduction and art versus dollar.

The phrase "Speed-the-Plow" appears to derive from a blessing in medieval verse and song: God speed your plow," or, "do your work and God will help you."  Or the other way around is, "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." Proverbs 20:4.

Speed-the-Plow was first presented in a New York Broadway production by Linciln Center Theater at the Royale Theater on May 3, 1988.

All rights to the play are strictly reserved and application for performance etc should be made to the author's agent: The Agency (London) Ltd Pottery Land, London W11 4LZ and Rosenstone/Wender, 3 East 48th Street, New York NY 10017

Gould Mark Strong

Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes: The Iceman Cometh (Almeida), Closer, Death of a Salesman, Johnny on a Spot, Murmuring Judges, Napoli Millionara, Fuente Ovejuna, Richard III, King Lear (Royal National Theatre), The Thickness of Skin, The Treatment (Royal Court Theatre), The Plantagenets, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Hess is Dead (Royal Shakespeare Company). Television includes: Our Friends in the North, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Spoonface Steinberg, The Buddha of Suburbia, Emma, Prime Suspect III, Trust, In the Name of Love, Bomber andAnna Karenina. Films includes: Fever Pitch, Captives, If Only, One Against the Wind, The Taste of Sunshine and Elephant Juice.

Mark Strong, Speed-the-Plough, 2000
Fox Patrick Marber

Theatre includes: Writer/Director: Dealer’s Choice (Royal National Theatre and West End), Closer (Royal National Theatre, West End, Broadway). Director: The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (Royal National Theatre), ‘1953’ (Almeida). Television includes: Co-Writer/Performer: The Day Today, Paul Caff Video Diary, ‘Three Fights, Two Weddings and a Funeral’ and Knowing Me, Knowing You ... with Alan Partridge. Also, adapted and directed Miss Julie (After Miss Julie) for BBC2 Performance series.

Patrick Marber, Speed-the-Plough, 2000
Karen Kimberly Williams

Trained at Northwestern University, Illinois. Theatre includes: The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Broadway (1997 Tony Award for Best Drama), and All in the Timing at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Film includes: Father of the Bride, and Father of the Bride II, Indian Summer, The War At Home, Cold Blooded, Elephant Juice and, recently released, Simpatico. Television includes: Relativity, Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women and forthcoming, The Tenth Kingdom.

Kimberly Williams, Speed-the-Plough, 2000
Directed by Peter Gill

Peter Gill began his career as an actor, then in 1964 became Assistant Director of the Royal Court Theatre and then Associate Director in 1970. Founder Director of the Riverside Studios from 1976. He was Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre for 1980-1997 and was the founding Director of the of Royal National Theatre Studio. Directing Credits include, for the Royal Court Theatre: A Collier's Friday Night, The Local Stigmatico, The Ruffian on the Stair; A Provincial Life, The Soldier’s Fortune, The Daughter-in-Law, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Life Price, Over Gardens Out, The Sleepers Den, The Duchess of Malfi, Crete and Sergeant Pepper, The Merry-go-round, The Fool, Small Change. For Riverside Studios: The Cherry Orchard, The Changeling, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar; Scrape of the Black For the Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night, New England, A Patriot for Me. For the Royal National Theatre: A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing, Danton’s Death, Major Barbara, Tales from Hollywood, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Antigone, Venice Preserv’d, Fool for Love, The Murderers, As I Lay Dying, A Twist of Lemon, In the Blue, Bouncing Up for None, The Garden of England, Show Songs, Mean Tears, Mrs. Klein, Juno and the Paycock, Cardiff East Other credits include: Bow Down, Down by the Greenwood Side (Queen Elizabeth Hall), The Marriage of Figaro (Opera North), The Way of the World (Lyric Hammersmith), Uncle Vanya (Field Day), Tongue of a Bird and Certain Young Men (Almeida Theatre). Plays: The Sleepers Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, In the Blue, Mean Tears, Cardiff East, Certain Young Men. Adaptations and versions: A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go Round, The Cherry Orchard, Thuch and Go, As I Lay Dying.

Designed by John Gunter

John Gunter trained at Central School of Art and Design and headed the Theatre Department for eight years before becoming Head of Design at the Royal National Theatre. As well as numerous opera designs for all the major world opera companies he has designed many West End, Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre productions including the award-winning Guys and Dolls, Wild Honey, Absolute Hell and Skylight. He was the resident designer for Peter Hall’s seasons of plays at both the Old Vic and at the Piccadilly Theatre. Most recently his designs have included Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at the Old Vic, Collected Stories at the Haymarket, and the Shakespeare Season at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles.

Lighting Andy Phillips

Andy Phillips served as resident Lighting designer at the Royal Court Theatre from 1965-1972, where he designed over 80 consecutive productions, most of them world premieres. Since then, he has worked extensively around the world. His productions include: Equus, Iceman Cometh, Golden Boy, Glengarry Glen Ross and Galileo at the Royal National Theatre, Equus and M. Butterfly on Broadway, California Dog Fight and Rat in the Skull, off Broadway, productions of New England, A Patriot for Me and Son of Man at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Voysey Inheritance and Armstrong’s Last Goodnight at the Edinburgh Festival, Waiting for Godot for First Druid Co in Galway, Whistle in the Dark at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, Forza del Destino at the Paris Opera, Julius Caesar and Creon at Leicester (and on tour in India), A Streetcar Named Desire and Sweeney Todd at Newcastle, Losing Time in Hamburg, Henceforward in Berlin, Job for San Francisco Ballet, A Month in the Country at the Albery Theatre, The Barber of Seville, Way Upstream at the Crucible, Sheffield, Uncle Vanya Chichester Festival and Albery Theatre and In the Company of Men, The Pit Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Lyceum Theatre Much Ado About Nothing, Juno and the Paycock, Mother Courage and Her Children, Macbeth, The Anatomist. His recent designs include: A Penny For A Song (Oxford Stage Company), Charley’s Aunt (Crucible), The Playboy of the Western World in Stockholm. Andy has received two Tony nominations for the Broadway productions of Equus (1974) and M. Butterfly (1989).

Composer Terry Davies

Terry’s work as composer, arranger and music director includes work for the Royal National Theatre co-orchestrating Guys and Dolls (Best Musical 1982) and orchestrating Lady in the Dark (Best Musical 1997) as well as being the Music Director for 17 other productions. Also at the Royal National Theatre, he has written the scores for Tales from Hollywood, Antigone, The Festival of New Plays, Hamlet, Neaptide, The Misanthrope and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. For the Royal Shakespeare Company Terry has composed the music for Coriolanus, New England and A Patriot for Me. He has also written two musicals: The Birds for the Istanbul City Theatre, which ran for four years, and Kes-The Musical (music and lyrics) for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton (1995) and Theatre Royal, York (1997).

For TV Terry was orchestrator and conductor on Deacon Brodie (Tiger Aspect/BBC), and Frontiers of Medicine (BBC), co-orchestrator for Underworld (Hat Trick), The Things You Do for Love (Granada) and Best (Best Films) and was conductor for Our Mutual Friend (BBC), Shooting the Past (Talkback - winner Prix Italia 1999), Rhinoceros (Granada), All the King’s Men (BBC) and Turn of the Screw (United Film and lV).

In films he composed music for live performance with the Man Ray silent The Mystery of the Chateau of Dice (BFI). He orchestrated and conducted the scores for Photographing Fairies (Polygram), Cousin Bette (Fox Searchlight), Perdita Durango (Lolafilms), The War Zone (Goldcrest), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fox Searchlight) and Women Talking Dirty (Rocket Productions, music by Sir Elton John). He also conducted the music for Divorcing Jack (Scala), The Debt Collector (Dragon Pictures), Shakespeare in Love (Miramax, co-conductor — Oscar-winning score), With or Without You (Revolution Films), The Last Yellow (Scala), The Suicide Club All About Adam (Miramax) and House of Mirth (Three Rivers).

Paul Higgs

Paul Higgs joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the age of 14 on trumpet and as a composer/arranger. Previous work as a musical director for the Royal National Theatre includes Blue Remembered Hills Mary Stuart Death of a Salesman, Closer, Chips with Everything, Betrayal, King Lear, March on Russia, Stages, Sweet Bird of Youth, Arcadia and The Blue Ball and as composer Look Back in Anger. He has also played for Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Vic Damone, Nancy Wilson, Brook Benton, Jackie Trent, Al Martino, Johnny Dankworth and Shorty Rodgers; and as a session musician for Viva Cabaret, Daytime Live, Pebble Mill at One, Live at City Hall, Wood and Walters, The Tube, Scene Today, In Suspicious Circumstances, The Trial of Lord Lucan, and Eleven Men against Eleven. Music for TV: as an arranger, The Brain Drain, Family Matters, News Review, Newsevents, Travelog, The Things You Do for Love, Drop the Dead Donkey and Unfinished Business. Film: as an arranger, Land Girls, Lord of Misrule, as composer: Lullaby, Make Believe and currently, Reverse Gear.

Played by John Harle
Casting Advisor Lisa Makin
Assistant Director Thea Sharrock
Dialect Coach Jeannette Nelson

ADVS CSSD Royal National Theatre: Assistant to Patsy Rodenberg since 1992. Shakespeare’s Globe: Company Voice Trainer, 1997, 1998 & 1999 seasons. Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Teaching voice, text & singing.

Other voice and dialect coaching includes Theatre: Out of Joint, Shared Experience, Royal Court Theatre, Theatre de Complicité, English Touring Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Young Vic, Oxford Stage Company, Cameron Mackintosh. Film & TV: Wuthering Heights, Wild West, Chico, Sharpe, Lovejoy, Great Expectations, The Scold’s Bridle, Nature Boy, All the King’s Men and David Copperfield.

Fight Director Terry King
Production Manager Jon Howes
Costume Supervisor Heather Leat
Company Stage Manager Rob Young
Stage Management Darren Green
Wardrobe Lucy Khan
Production Electrician Mathew O'Connor
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Jamie Cason
Press Representative Joy Sapieka Associates

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With very special thanks to Joe Penhall, Ian Rickson, Dominic Cooke, the staff of the Royal Court Theatre, Gillian Diamond
office chairs Ben Tranchell, GDB International
Knitware John Smedley
Hilary Parkinson at The Great Dane, Keith Watson, Ken, Caroline Waterman

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