Full cast announced for London Premiere of IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play at St. James Theatre from 13th Nov

IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play
St. James Theatre, London SW1
13th November 2013 – 4th January 2014

Peter Huntley and Just for Laughs Theatricals, in association with Theatre Royal Bath Productions present the Ustinov Studio production of Sarah Ruhl’s Tony nominated IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play.  They are delighted to announce that Jason Hughes, Natalie Casey, Madeline Appiah and Owen Oakeshott will join the cast of Laurence Boswell’s TMA Award-winning production at the St. James Theatre, 13th November 2013 – 4th January 2014, with press night on 21st November. Design is by Simon Kenny, lighting by Ben Ormerod and sound by Fergus O’Hare.

Electrifying” ***** the Times

Late 19th Century New York State. A time of great innovation and social change.
Whilst enthusiasm grows amongst the well-to-do for the new electric light bulb, Dr Givings has been working on his own strange electrical device.  His aim is to treat female hysteria, but his first patient emerges from her first session glowing and keen to return... 
IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play is a provocative, touching and entertaining story about sex and intimacy.

Boswell’s sparkling, beautifully judged production” **** The Guardian

Jason Hughes (This Life, BBC; Midsomer Murders, ITV; Design For Living) will play Dr Givings, alongside Natalie Casey (Abigail’s Party, Wyndham’s Theatre; Legally Blonde; BBC’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) in the role of Catherine Givings. The role of Elizabeth will be played by Madeline Appiah (Welcome to Thebes, National Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew, RSC; The Duchess of Malfi, Old Vic) and Owen Oakeshott (Anthony and Cleopatra, Nuffield Theatre; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Rose Theatre, Kingston; Copenhagen, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh) will play Mr Daldry.

They will be joining Edward Bennett (One Man, Two Guvnors, UK tour; School for Scandal, Theatre Royal Bath) and Flora Montgomery (Good Grief, Theatre Royal Bath; The Heart of Robin Hood, RSC) from the original Ustinov Studio cast who will reprise their roles as Leo Irving and Sabrina Daldry. Olivier award winner and Tony award nominee Sarah Woodward will play Annie. Her most recent theatre credits include Bracken Moor at the Tricycle Theatre, Love and Information and Jumpy at The Royal Court Theatre.

Laurence Boswell is the artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio where The Spanish Golden Age Season is about to begin, his fifth season of UK premieres and new commissions. All three plays in the Ustinov’s last season, The American Season, transferred to London; the first of which The American Plan transferred to St. James Theatre. Boswell was associate director and artistic director of the Gate Theatre, London, where his productions included the Spanish Golden Age Season, which won the 1992 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Boswell’s West End directing credits include Popcorn; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which received a Tony Award-nomination for Best Director on its Broadway transfer; Treats and Up for Grabs. He has been assistant and associate director of the RSC and has worked at a number of theatres including the Young Vic where he directed Hamlet, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Beauty and the Beast.

Stage One is proud to have awarded a Start-Up Fund award to Peter Huntley for IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play. The Start-Up Fund is an investment scheme that aims to kick-start the careers of outstanding new commercial theatre producers by awarding them an investment of up to £50,000 for a West End or Commercial Touring Production. The Fund is supported by individuals, trusts and businesses that care about the future lifeblood of commercial theatre. For more information please visit 

Venue:                    St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA
Dates:                13th November – 4th January 2014
Press Night:          Thursday 21st November, 7pm
Times:                     Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees Tuesday & Saturday, 3.45pm
Box Office:            0844 264 2140 /
Tickets:                   £15 - £50

Contains scenes of an adult nature.