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Casting announced for Lone Flyer at Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre

The cast for Lone Flyer – The Last Flight of Amy Johnson at Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre has been announced.


Hannah Edwards and Benedict Salter will star in the socially distanced show between 22 October and 21 November.

Hannah Edwards (most recently seen in the West End as ‘Myrtle Wilson’ in the Immersive Great Gatsby) will play ‘Amy Johnson’ and Benedict Salter (whose previous Watermill credits include The Importance of Being Earnest and A Little Night Music) will support her, playing a series of other roles.

Directed by Watermill Associate Lucy Betts, Ade Morris’ powerful play about one of the most inspirational women of the twentieth century was first staged at the Watermill in 2001.

Tickets are available to book online at watermill.org.uk.

The show is the second in the autumn season of work featuring shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating.

Director Lucy Betts said: “I’m delighted to be back at The Watermill directing Lone Flyer.

“We explore the life of a young woman overcoming the constraints placed upon her to achieve extraordinary things. Amy Johnson’s story of hope and adventure is a joy to tell at this unusual and unpredictable time.”

The venue will be following the latest safety guidelines including social distancing with tickets sold in bubbles between 1 to 5 people.

Audience members will be required to wear face masks and there are hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system for accessing the toilets and signage to indicate routes and procedures.

Additionally, to enhance audience safety, a fogging machine will be used to regularly sanitise all public areas at The Watermill, and to avoid recirculating air in the auditorium, the theatre will be heated before audience members arrive and then fresh air will be continuously fed through the theatre during performances.

Should performances have to be cancelled, patrons will be contacted as soon as possible via email or phone and offered a transfer or a refund for their tickets.

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.