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Full cast announced for new play Nye at National Theatre with Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen. Credit: Rachel Louise Brown

Full casting has been announced for Nye, a new play by Tim Price starring Michael Sheen.

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Written by Tim Price (Teh Internet is Serious Business) and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Island), the play revolves around the life of Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan, the pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Health Service (NHS).

Acclaimed actor Michael Sheen will star as Nye Bevan in this joint production.

The newly revealed cast includes Matthew Bulgo, Dyfan Dwyfor, Ross Foley, Daniel Hawksford, Bea Holland, Michael Keane, Nicholas Khan, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Mark Matthews, Ashley Mejri, Lee Mengo, David Monteith, Mali O’Donnell, and Sara Otung.

They join the previously announced Remy Beasley, Roger Evans, Jon Furlong, Stephanie Jacob, Kezrena James, Tony Jayawardena, Rebecca Killick, Rhodri Meilir and Sharon Small.

The creative team features set designer Vicki Mortimer, costume designer Kinnetia Isidore, lighting designer Paule Constable, co-choreographers Steven Hoggett and Jess Williams, composer Will Stuart, sound designer Donato Wharton, projection designer Jon Driscoll, company voice work Cathleen McCarron and Tamsin Newlands, staff director Francesca Goodridge, associate set designer Matt Hellyer, dialect coach Patricia Logue and casting by Alastair Coomer CDG and Chloe Blake.

The play offers a deep dive into the life of Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan, a key political figure who significantly influenced the UK without ever holding the Prime Minister’s office. ‘Nye’ presents an exploration of Bevan’s life, from his early days in the coalfields to his monumental efforts in founding the NHS. The narrative weaves through his memories, encompassing his youth, time in the mines, parliamentary career, and clashes with Churchill in what is described as an ‘epic Welsh fantasia.’

Nye will open at the Olivier Theatre, running from 24 February – 11 May 2024. Following its premiere, the play will move to the Wales Millennium Centre for a strictly limited run from 18 May until 1 June 2024, with Michael Sheen continuing his role as Nye Bevan.

For more information and tickets, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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.