Full casting has been announced for Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg’s co-production of Diane Samuels’ heart-felt drama Kindertransport produced in association with Selladoor Productions.
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is excited to announce that Suzan Sylvester has been cast as Faith’s mother Evelyn. She is best known for appearing in the BBC TV drama Cherished and crime thriller Murder on the Home Front. Other TV credits include Eastenders, Kingdom and London’s Burning.
She performed as Faith in the premiere production of Kindertransport in 1993 at the Cockpit Theatre. Suzan won an Olivier Award for her performance of Catherine in A View From The Bridge at the Aldwych Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
Suzan will be joined by Hannah Bristow as Faith, Leila Schaus as Eva, Catherine Janke as Helga, Jenny Lee as Lil and Matthew Brown as the Ratcatcher.
This production marks 80 years since the Kindertransport, which saw thousands of Jewish children ferried from Austria and Germany to safety in the UK. It is also 25 years since acclaimed playwright Diane Samuels wrote this extraordinary and haunting play.
The play tells the story of how nine-year-old Eva, a German Jewish girl, is sent to start a new life in Britain before the outbreak of World War Two on the Kindertransport. Over forty years later, she has changed her name to Evelyn. Evelyn, is forced to confront the truth when her daughter discovers old letters in the attic.
Kindertransport opens at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 8 – 24 March, plays at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg from 27 – 31 March and then embarks on a UK tour to the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Richmond Theatre and Manchester Opera House.
This timely modern classic about a woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past is from the producers of last year’s acclaimed revival of The Crucible.
For more information about Kindertransport at the Queen’s Theatre visit queens-theatre.co.uk.