The Piper/Policeman - Seth Fisher
Esme (Younger)/Alice - Alice Eve
Jan - Rufus Sewell
Max - Brian Cox
Eleanor/Esme (Older) - Sinead Cusack
Gillian/Magda - Mary Bacon
Interrogator/Nigel - Quentin Maré
Ferdinand - Stephen Kunken
Milan/Waiter - Ken Marks
Lenka - Nicole Ansari
Stephen - Brian Avers
Candida - Alexandra Neil
Pupil - Anna O'Donoghue
BRIAN COX (Max) is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. On Broadway, he has been seen in Strange Interlude and Art. His other theatre credits include, for the Royal Court, In Celebration, Hedda Gabler, Rat In The Skull and Dublin Carol. Cox's last appearance on stage was in 2004 at the Edinburgh Festival in Uncle Varick - John Byrne's Scots version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. A veteran of more than 50 feature films, he recently co-starred in Woody Allen's Match Point, Wes Craven's Red Eye, and The Bourne Supremacy. On television he has most recently seen in HBO's critically acclaimed series, "Deadwood".
SINEAD CUSACK (Eleanor/Esme (older)) appeared on Broadway in the RSC's repertory of Cyrano and Much Ado About Nothing, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Her other theatre work includes The Mercy Seat for the Almeida, Lie of the Mind for the Donmar Warehouse, Our Lady of Sligo for Out of Joint, National Theatre and New York, for which she won the Evening Standard and the London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Actress, as well as Faith Healer and Three Sisters for the Royal Court. Her extensive work for the RSC has included Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Portia in the Merchant of Venice, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Her film work includes V for Vendetta, Mathilde and Stealing Beauty.
RUFUS SEWELL (Jan) received the Olivier, London Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Actor for his performance in Rock 'n' Roll. He was last seen on Broadway in the 1995 production of Brian Friel's Translations. His theatre work includes Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn, and Luther for the National Theatre, Macbeth in the West End and Rat in the Skull at the Royal Court. On television he was most recently seen in the BBC's The Taming of the Shrew as part of the Shakespeare Retold Season and he played the title role Charles II, also for the BBC. His film work includes A Knight's Tale, Martha Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence as well as the recently released Tristan and Isolde and Paris, je t'aime, which was shown at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
NICOLE ANSARI (Lenka) Theatre includes: The Shelter, Lower Depth (Odyssey, Los Angeles), Alma a Veniezia, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice); Shakespeare Love Songs (Shakespeare Company, Berlin); A Suli Feast (Queen Elizabeth Hall); Oxygen (Hofburg, Vienna); Romy, Ich , Irma la Douce, Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac (Volkstheater, Vienna); Alma (International Theatre Festival, Vienna); Berenice (House of the Arts, Vienna); The Lower Depths (Kampnagelfabrik, Hamburg), La Ville perjure ou Le Reveil des erinyes (Theatre du Soleil, Paris); Claras, Tango, The Conquest of the Southpole, Macbeth, War, Holzer's Peepshow (Theatre am Neumarkt, Zurich); Marlene, Marlene (Trocadero Cabaret, New York); The Blue Collar Wedding (Stadttheater Solothurn, Switzerland); The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Clacks Theatre/Kampnagelfabrik, Hamburg).
ALICE EVE (Esme (younger)/Alice) made her professional theatre debut in Animal Crackers for the Edinburgh Festival. Her film work includes Big Nothing, Starter for Ten and Stage Beauty. On television her work includes "Hawking," "The Rotters Club" and "The Genius of Beethoven". Rock 'n' Roll marks her Broadway debut.
TOM STOPPARD (Playwright) was introduced to New York audiences with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967), followed by Jumpers, The Real Inspector Hound, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with Andre Previn), Dirty Linen, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Artist Descending a Staircase, Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia (the latter four at Lincoln Center Theater). Other plays include Indian Ink and After Magritte. His plays have won four Tony Awards, seven London Evening Standard Awards and an Olivier Award. His newest play, Rock 'n' Roll, recently opened in London. The Coast of Utopia, which premiered in London in 2002, will open in Moscow early next year. Translations and adaptations include Undiscovered Country (Schnitzler), Dalliance (Schnitzler), On the Razzle (Nestroy), Rough Crossing (Molnar), The Seagull (Chekhov), Henry IV (Pirandello) and Heroes (Sibleryras). He has also written for radio, TV and film. His screenplays as writer and co-writer include Brazil, Empire of the Sun, The Russia House, Billy Bathgate, Enigma and Shakespeare in Love, which won several awards including an Oscar and BAFTA Award. He directed his own screenplay of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His plays are published by Faber & Faber Ltd and in the USA by Grove Atlantic.
TREVOR NUNN (Director) From 1968 to 1986, he was artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing more than 30 productions, including most of the Shakespeare canon. From 1997 to 2003, he was director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Not About Nightingales, Troilus and Cressida, Oklahoma!, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk, My Fair Lady, The Coast of Utopia, A Streetcar Named Desire, Anything Goes and Love's Labour's Lost. Other theatre includes Nicholas Nickleby, Arcadia, Cats, Starlight Express, Chess, Aspects of Love, Heartbreak House, Sunset Boulevard, The Lady From the Sea, Hamlet, Richard II, The Woman in White and Rock 'n' Roll.