Meet the cast of Sons Without Fathers

Posted on 2 April 2013

After rehearsing in London for two weeks, the cast of Sons Without Fathers arrive in Coventry for the final stages of rehearsal before the show opens in B2 on 13 April.

The Belgrade welcomes the return of cast members Mark Jax who played Gamaches in The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain and Amy McAllister who appeared in Don Juan Comes Back from the War.

Also returning to the Belgrade is Marianne Oldham, who played Yelena in our acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya in 2011. Marianne has been seen on TV screens recently in BBC drama WPC 56, about Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable to serve in her West Midlands hometown in 1956.

The role of village school teacher, Platonov will be played by Jack Laskey, who is no stranger to the Midlands having performed in numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company including The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of The Shrew. He has also appeared in numerous productions for the Young Vic and Shakespeare’s Globe, where he received an Ian Charleson Award commending his role as Orlando in As You Like It.

Completing the cast is Susie Trayling, who alongside Mark Jax appeared in numerous productions at the RSC last year, including King John, A Soldier in Every Son and Richard III, Simon Scardifield, who played Mr Golyadkin in The Double, directed by Laurence Boswell at Theatre Royal, Bath, Tom Canton who played Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Oliver Hoare, whose recent credits include Treasure Island at Nuffield Theatre and Antony and Cleopatra for Chichester Festival Theatre and Jade Williams, whose credits include In Basildon for the Royal Court and Doctor Faustus for Shakespeare’s Globe.

Photos of the cast members can be found in the Images & Video Gallery on the left of this page.

Sons Without Fathers will be directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, who returns to the Belgrade after directing the theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya. She said this new production provides a fresh look at Chekhov’s first play, moving the action to a contemporary setting in modern-day Russia.

Helena said, “This version focuses on one theme only; the predicament of the younger generation left adrift in a world without hope. Relocating the action to Russia of today, Sons Without Fathers brings to the surface the surprisingly modern preoccupations of the original. The audience will recognise the quintessential Chekhov, but the experience will be unlike anything they may associate with his later plays.”

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