Cast for Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll at Hampstead Theatre announced

Hampstead Theatre has announced casting for Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll this winter.

Directed by Nina Raine, the play spans 21 years in the lives of three generations. It opens on 6 December 2023 and runs until 27 January 2024

Nancy Carroll (Olivier and Evening Standard Award Best Actress winner for After The Dance) plays Eleanor, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit; Midas Man) plays Jan and Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Wolf Hall – Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role) plays Max. 

Joining them are Hasan Dixon as Ferdinand, Phoebe Horn as Young Esme / Alice, Anna Krippa as Lenka, Georgia Landers as Gillian / Magda, Emily Mytton as Candida, Brenock O’Connor as The Piper and Colin Tierney as Milan.

1968: Russian tanks have rolled into Czechoslovakia, and Syd Barrett has been dumped by Pink Floyd. Jan, a visiting postgrad at Cambridge, breaks with his old professor Max, a Marxist philosopher, and heads home to Prague with his suitcase full of “socially negative music”.

Rock ’n’ Roll covers the ensuing 21 years in the lives of three generations of Max’s family while Jan is caught in the spiral of dissidence in a Communist police state. But it’s a love story too – and then there’s the music…

Tom Stoppard returns to Hampstead after the triumphant revival of Hapgood in 2015. Winner of eight Evening Standard Awards, three Olivier Awards and five Tonys, Stoppard’s plays include Leopoldstadt; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Arcadia.

Director Nina Raine is joined by designer Anna Reid, lighting designer Peter Mumford, sound designer Tingying Dong, movement director Jane Gibson, and dialect specialist Hazel Holder. Casting is by Amy Ball, with Joanna Woznicka as the assistant director.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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