Casting has been announced for the brand new production of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, written by seven-time Emmy award-winner Terry Jastrow, and directed by Joe Harmston, opening at Park Theatre on 13 July until 20 August, with a press night on 14 July.
As previously announced, Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction; Patriot Games; Clear and Present Danger) will return to the UK to star as ‘Jane Fonda’, having first developed the role at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014. Archer was last seen on the London stage making her West End debut as ‘Mrs Robinson‘ in The Graduate at the Gielgud Theatre in 2001, to critical acclaim.
Musical theatre star Alex Gaumond joins the company as ‘Larry Bonk’. Alex’s extensive West End credits include Matilda, We Will Rock You, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Top Hat and Legally Blonde, for which he was nominated for the Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical. The Trial of Jane Fonda will mark not only his Park Theatre debut, but also his first major non-musical role in a play.
Alex Gaumond said, “I am very excited to take on the role of Larry in this fascinating play and to work with such a brilliant cast. If the auditions are anything to go by, the group dynamic on stage will be electric. In the few years since its opening, Park Theatre has quickly established a fantastic reputation for great work, so I am delighted to be performing there this summer.”
They are joined on stage by Christien Anholt playing ‘Buzzy Banks’, Martin Fisher as ‘Reverend John Clarke’, Paul Herzberg – returning to Park Theatre after starring in The Dead Wait in 2013, directed by Joe Harmston – as ‘Joe Celano’, Ako Mitchell – returning to Park Theatre after starring in Klook’s Last Stand in 2014, with an Offies Nomination for Best Actor – as ‘Reggie Wells’, and Mark Rose – also returning to Park Theatre after starring in Frozen in 2015 – as ‘Tommy Lee Cook’.
Anne Archer said, “I am utterly thrilled to be working with such a dynamic and talented cast, and look forward to our creative journey together.”
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