The Cast: London Criterion Theatre

ELLIE BEAVEN: Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret

GREG HAISTE: Man

NICK HOLDER: Man

BEN RIGHTON: Richard Hannay


MATTHEW BANCROFT: Understudy Hannay

PAUL CRITOPH: Understudy Man

HAZEL GARDNER: Understudy Annabella/Margaret/Pamela

 

Ellie Beaven

Ellie BeavenTheatre credits: A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS, TITUS ANDRONICUS, CANDIDE (Royal Shakespeare Company Swan season); CHARLEY’S AUNT (the Menier Chocolate Factory); DANGEROUS CORNER, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Salisbury Playhouse); CONSTANCE (King’s Head); SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Nottingham Playhouse); RELATIVELY SPEAKING, BLACK COMEDY (Watermill); LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (New Vic); THE REAL THING (Northampton); CHILDREN NEVER SHOULD (Young Vic); THE SNOW QUEEN (Derby Playhouse and RSC); SPRING AWAKENING (In the Pit, Barbican) and DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (Barbican).

Television: ENDEAVOUR, three series of DOWN TO EARTH, MY FAMILY, HOLBY CITY, EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, DOCTORS, THE LAUGHTER OF GOD and THE WILD HOUSE (all BBC); WAVELENGTH, POPETOWN and ROCKET TO THE MOON (ITV).

Film: LES MISÉRABLES (Working Title); BUSTER (NFH) and ARTHUR’S DYKE (BBC Films).

Radio: HAMLET, EMMA, CLARISSA, DRACULA, PLENTY, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, RUMPOLE AND THE TEENAGE WEREWOLF and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (all for BBC Radio 4).

 

Greg Haiste

Greg HaisteGreg trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Northampton Royal Theatre); LOW PAY? DON’T PAY! (Salisbury Playhouse/Told by an Idiot); Costard the Fool in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for Sir Peter Hall (the Rose Theatre, Kingston); LYSISTRATA (AOD/the Rose Theatre); the Morecambe-and-Wise-inspired Olivier Award-winning THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE (national tour); THE MISSIONARY’S POSITION (Penny Dreadful Theatre); ALL IN THE TIMING (Peepolykus); RELATIVELY SPEAKING and BLACK COMEDY (Watermill, Newbury); THE LADY IN THE VAN, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, HAMLET and THE ACCRINGTON PALS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); THE TEMPEST (Southwark Playhouse); AWAY and EUROPE (Traverse, Edinburgh); SERVICES (Gate Theatre, London) and IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (national tour).

Film and TV credits include: SEE HOW THEY RUN, HEARTBEAT, JANE HALL, EMMERDALE, and TOUCH ME, I’M KAREN TAYLOR.

Radio includes the Writers’ Guild Award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy FAGS, MAGS AND BAGS.

Greg also enjoys writing and performing as not the female half of the character comedy double act Haiste and Lawrence.

 

Nick Holder

Nick HolderNick Holder’s work in theatre includes: LONDON ROAD, SOUTH PACIFIC, SWEENEY TODD, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, THE MISER and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (National Theatre); THE WINTER’S TALE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA and AS YOU LIKE IT (RSC); INTO THE WOODS (Donmar); RICHARD III and THE MUSIC MAN (Open Air, Regent’s Park); LITTLE FISH and A DAY AT THE RASCISTS (Finborough); ASSASSINS (Union) and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LES MISÉRABLES and MISS SAIGON (West End).

TV includes: PARADE’S END, THE GAME, BY ANY MEANS, SOME GIRLS, PSYCHOVILLE, RESPECTABLE (FALLEN), HOLBY CITY, PLANESPOTTING, BORN AND BRED, DOCTORS, ‘ORRIBLE, EASTENDERS, LONDON’S BURNING and THE FAST SHOW.

Films include: LES MISÉRABLES, THE WORLD’S END, ANNA KARENINA, BROKEN, CLUBBED, LADY GODIVA: BACK IN THE SADDLE, SEX LIVES OF THE POTATO MEN, FOUR FEATHERS, THE FINAL CURTAIN, THE CRIMINAL and EVITA.

Ben Righton

Ben RightonTheatre includes: Stanhope in JOURNEY’S END (New Ambassadors Theatre); Prince Richard in KING OF HEARTS (Out of Joint); James Morland/Frederick Tilney in NORTHANGER ABBEY (Salisbury Playhouse); 66 BOOKS - PROVERBS (the Bush) and Alex in GUY FAWKES NIGHT (The Old Vic - 24 Hour Plays).

Television work includes: DOCTOR WHO series three and four (BBC); BONES (Fox Television); POIROT, JOE MADDISON’S WAR, LEWIS and LAW & ORDER (ITV).

Radio includes: Bennett in ANOTHER COUNTRY and Risley in MAURICE (both for BBC Radio 4).

Films include: A GOOD YEAR, FLAWLESS, INTO THE STORM, CUCKOO, and THE PATROL Feature.

 

 

Matthew Bancroft

Matthew BancroftMatthew achieved an FnD in Performance Practice from the University of Plymouth. A highly trained martial artist he is also a fight choreographer for feature films.
Theatre credits include: THE WILD GOOSE (The Ealing Shakespeare Players); LOVE ME DOROTHY (Flip Productions, Edinburgh Festival); BED (Without Company Co) and GRIMM TALES (Without Company Co).

TV credits: PHONESHOP Series 2 (E4, Talkback Thames).

Film credits: CANDLE TO WATER (Blind Pictures), HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (Warner Brothers), TALION (Mann Made Films), Kenneth Branagh's THE MAGIC FLUTE (Ideale Audience).

 

Paul Critoph

Paul CritophPaul trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre work includes: RICHARD II, HENRY VI (Generator Company); MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Union Theatre); TOAD HALL, DON JUAN IN LOVE, CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, CYCLOPS! (Scoop Amphitheatre); THE JUNGLE BOOK (Tobacco Factory); ROBINSON CRUSOE (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); KING LEAR (Bristol Old Vic); COUNTRY MAGIC (Finborough Theatre); JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Birmingham Stage Company 2002, Gordon Craig Theatre 2014); AGAMEMNON, HELEN OF TROY, ANDROCLES AND THE LION (Steam Industry) and ROBIN HOOD (Greenwich Theatre).

TV and film work includes: KINKY BOOTS (Disney); HOW TO BE A PRINCE, CASUALTY, DOCTOR WHO (BBC TV); GREAT ESCAPE: THE UNTOLD STORY, THE BILL (ITV) and PHONESHOP (Channel 4).

 

Hazel Gardner

Hazel GardnerHazel trained at Guildford School of Acting. Recent theatre credits include: Elizabeth Bennet in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Lyric Theatre); Liesl in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Kilworth House Theatre) and the new comedy TOXIC BANKERS!(Leicester Square Theatre) where she created the lead role of Fiona. Other theatre credits include: Rose Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN (Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); Rosalia and alternate Maria in the 50th Anniversary production of WEST SIDE STORY (ATG UK Tour); Joanna in SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET(Theatre at the Mill); Pilar in GOODBYE BARCELONA (Arcola Theatre) and Desdemona in OTHELLO(Works Theatre Company).

Film and Television work includes: Poppy in THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW (RDF Television); Amy in MoGrafik’s EXPRESS and Hannah in THE SPLIT (Central Productions). Hazel has appeared in workshops of THE LIGHT PRINCESS (The National Theatre) and THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Kneehigh). 

 

* It was an amazing play with a great cast and i would definitely recommend the funny play to everyone i see. - Michael Farrell, Criterion Thearte * Thoroughly enjoyed the show. Brilliant Actors. How they played all the parts they played was so clever, would highly recommend. Well done everyone!! - elena crane, criterion theatre * We watched the 3 pmn Wednesday matinee yesterday The cast of 4 (and an arm!) pulled out all the stops. We have seen lots in the West End but this one is in the top 3 - we LOVED it. Marvellous crew - carry on! - deborah oxley, The Criterion, London * Came to London and saw a few shows during my holiday. This one was by the far the best! The clever improvisation, the sharp wit and the brilliant actors had me totally absorbed from start to finish. I am coming back to London (I live in Spain) in November and I plan to go and see it again. I have never laughed so much in my life! Well done to everyone involved for such a wonderful evening of excellent entertainment. PS Tried to find the stage door after to thank the actors personally- but it seems to be well hidden! - Helene Atterbury, London Criterion * a wonderful surprise from my son.. superb acting and really enjoyable, beautiful theatre -- thank you - - jean macdonald, criteriontheatre * Absolutely brilliant - some real belly laughs and giggle fits. Very clever and just the right amount of acknowledgement of the audience in terms of the in-jokes. Non-native speaking English may miss some of the inuendos and wit but there is enough there for everyone with a sense of humour. I would watch it again tomorrow if I went back to London. - Tony Ryan, Criterion, London * What an amazing play, would love to see it again, It always had me laughing, even on the way home, and even now, giggle giggle. - Lewis farrell-birtley, Criterion Theatre, oxford circus * Wonderful show!! I had seen it before in my country, but after seeing with the excellent cast at the Criterion I found it even more brilliant!! The 39 steps is unmissable!! - Carlos Lovera, Criterion theatre, London * OMG- it was awesome! Adam Lilley was so good, excellent acting skills and I really liked Greg Haiste's facial expression, especially as the Scottish woman at the hotel. <3 - Sonia Raja, Criterion * Absolutely wonderful, thrilling piece of comedy that excited and amazed. truly incredible talents and fantastic show. Fully recommend seeing it, fun for anyone who watches it - nick tovey, the criterion *
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