Helen Milne Productions, Perth Theatre and The Roald Dahl Story Company are delighted to announce the cast for the upcoming World Premiere of a Roald Dahl magic show – a production of Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar which opens at Perth Theatre on 24 March and runs until 2 April before touring to Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling from 7 to 10 April and Eden Court, Inverness from 15 to 17 April.
The cast includes the veteran Scottish stage actor David Rankine, who takes on the title role of Henry Sugar. David is a frequent collaborator of Pitlochry Festival Theatre and has worked with some of the biggest institutions in Scottish theatre, from National Theatre of Scotland to A Play, Pie and a Pint. Rosalind Sydney, in the role of surgeon and author Dr Jane Cartwright, marks her return to the stage after a series of roles in high profile television programmes such as BBC’s The Nest with Martin Compston and My Son with James McAvoy. Also joining the cast is Johndeep More, star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Any Dream Will Do, who will be playing the role of Imhrat Khan, the Man Who Could See Without His Eyes. Johndeep is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and has also starred in productions for the National Theatre including A Winter’s Tale for younger audiences. Eve Buglass makes her professional debut in the production performing the role of social media-obsessed Mary and Dave Fishley, known to global audiences from films such as The Fifth Element and If Only… takes on the role of Henry’s friend and accountant, Michael. Myles Sembi will be the production’s understudy.
More information on the cast in Notes to Editors.
Adapted for stage by Rob Drummond and directed by Ben Harrison, this production marks the first time that the story of Henry Sugar – taken from the collection of seven short stories, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977) by Roald Dahl – will be brought to the UK stage.
The production of Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is supported by Creative Scotland, Noël Coward Foundation, Stage One Bursary Scheme and Ian McKellen Producer Grant Scheme.
DAVID RANKINE - HENRY SUGAR
David Rankine is an Aberdeen born actor. He trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
His credits include: Carry Me Home (National Theatre of Scotland), The Tale of Typhoid Mary (A Play A Pie and A Pint), Bill McLaren: Fighting The Enemy (Firebrand), See You In Court (10 Feet Tall), Three Billion Swipes (National Theatre of Scotland/ BBC Scotland), Do Not Press This Button (A Play, A Pie and A Pint ), Pitlochry Festival Theatre Seasons 2018/2019: (Heritage, Blithe Spirit, The Crucible, Summer Holiday, Chicago, Quality Street), Aladdin and Snow White at Eden Court, The Last Witch (Firebrand/Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Last Bordello (Fire Exit), Mischief (A Play, A Pie and A Pint), A Million Miles Away (Frozen Charlotte), Romeo and Juliet (Lodestar Theatre Company) and the UK tour of Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story.
EVE BUGLASS - MARY
Eve is excited to be performing as Mary in the upcoming production of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Due to graduate from the Performing Arts Studio Scotland this year, she is thrilled to be back on stage performing again, since working with Steven Dexter in Paperboy at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, with British Youth Music Theatre UK and playing Jane in Eclipse with National Theatre Connections at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. Eve is also a talented singer, performing alongside Lionel Ritchie at Edinburgh castle, whilst performing in Into The Woods at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
JOHNDEEP MORE - IMHRAT KHAN
Johndeep was born in Walsall (West Midlands).
Training: Brunel University and The Royal Academy of Music.
Theatre credits include: The Winters Tale (The National Theatre, Dorfman Theatre), Macbeth (The National Theatre, Learning) Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre), The Kite Runner (The Wyndham’s, West End) East is East (UK Tour) East is East (The Birmingham Rep), Sondheim at 80 (The Royal Albert Hall), BollywoodLand - Love Never Dies (Spanish Tour), Cinderella (Theatre Royal Windsor).
Film credits include: Blue Line, Internal and Bollywood Queen.
Television credits include: Doctors (BBC), Any Dream Will Do (BBC)
Radio credits include: Occupational Hazards (BBC Radio 4), The Private Patient (BBC Radio 4), Ek Awaaz (BBC) and Voice of Musical Theatre (BBC Radio 2/BBC Wales).
ROSALIND SYDNEY - DR J CARTWRIGHT
Rosalind trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Recent Theatre Credits Include: Girl in the Machine (Traverse) Flight (Vox Motus) The Night After Christmas (Tron) Invisible Army (Terra Incognita) , Appointment with the Wickerman and The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish (NTS), Rough Cuts (Royal Court), My Romantic History (The Bush), Interiors, Subway, Beggars Opera (Vanishing Point), Sleeping Beauty (Citizens), Pobby and Dingam, Caged, Snow Baby and Cyrano (Catherine Wheels). Billy -The Days Of Howling, FasterLouder and The Misanthrope (Oran Mor), News Just In (Random Accomplice), The Hidden (Visible Fictions).Recent TV/Film Includes: My Son (Wild Bunch/Hirondelle), The Nest (Studio Lambert) There She Goes (Merman), Millie In Between (Zodiak), Molly and Mack (Cbeebies) Bob Servant (BBC Scotland) Long Night at Blackstone (Hopscotch).Rosalind performs regularly in Radio Drama with BBC Radio and recently read Crossriggs for BBC Radio 4’s Book At Bedtime series.
DAVE FISHLEY - MICHAEL
Stage includes: A Christmas Carol (Reading Rep), The Gift (Eclipse Theatre), Our Country’s Good (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour), Macbeth (Theatre Severn), Queen Anne (Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End), Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep & UK Tour), Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep), All's Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company), As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company), Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Southwark Playhouse), Rough Crossings (Headlong/UK Tour), The Electric Hills (Liverpool Everyman), Macbeth (Out of Joint, UK, Europe & World Tour), The Odyssey (Bristol Old Vic), Paradise Lost (Bristol Old Vic), Dido, Queen of Carthage (Shakespeare's Globe), The Special Relationship (Theatre Royal York/UK Tour), Crime & Punishment in Dalston (Arcola Theatre), The Nativity (Young Vic), Twelfth Night (Nuffield Theatre), Marat/Sade (Royal National Theatre), Now You Know (Hampstead Theatre), Silverface/Ballad Of Wolves (Gate Theatre), Asylum! Asylum! (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Smoke (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Macbeth/The Tempest (English Shakespeare Company, UK, Europe & World Tour).
Film includes: Wasteland (MoliFilms/Head Gear Films), Bridget Jone's Diary (Miramax), Twice Upon A Yesterday (HandMade Films), The Fifth Element (Sony Pictures), Soltaire For 2 (Paramount).
Television includes: Moses Jones (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Buried (World Productions/C4 - BAFTA Award Winner for Best Drama Series), Holby City (BBC), Judge John Deed (BBC), A Touch Of Frost (ITV), The Bill (ITV), Between The Lines (BBC).
MYLES SEMBI - UNDERSTUDY
Myles trained at The Brit School and Mountview.
Productions at Mountview include Shakespeare in Love, God of Carnage, The Crucible and The Tempest.