Casting announced for The Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse

Full casting has been announced for The Rubenstein Kiss by James Phillips at Southwark Playhouse in March 2019.

The Rubenstein Kiss Southwark Playhouse

Stephen Billington, Ruby Bentall, Sean Rigby, Dario Coates, Katie Eldred, Eva-Jane Willis and Henry Proffit.

Full casting has been announced for Devil You Know Theatre Company’s production of The Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse. This is the first production in London since 2005.

The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations. Phillips’s explosive and affecting drama, inspired by the haunting true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, is the study of conspiracy, betrayal, and guilt.

This new production will star Ruby Bentall as Esther Rubenstein. Ruby is perhaps best known for playing Verity in the BBC’s adaptation of Poldark. Other notable acting credits include Hils in ITV’s Jekyll & Hyde, Minnie Mude in BBC’s Lark Rise to Candleford and Mary Bennett in BBC’s Lost in Austen. She’s also had film roles in Ridley Scott’s Robin HoodMr Turner directed by Mike Leigh, and Armando Iannucci’s forthcoming adaptation of David Copperfield.

Esther’s husband Jakob Rubenstein will be played by Henry Proffit. Henry’s stage credits include For King and Country (Southwark Playhouse), Great Expectations (York Theatre Royal), Kindertransport (UK Tour), and A Dance of Death (Finborough Theatre).

Sean Ribgy will play David Girshfeld. Sean has starred as DS Jim Strange in ITV’s Endeavour since 2013, and is also known for his role as Lord Monteagle in the BBC drama Gunpowder. His theatre credits include Pomona (National Theatre, Orange Tree Richmond), Table Talk (Short Back And Sides), and Still Life And Red Peppers (Folie a Deux Productions).

FBI Agent Paul Cranmer will be played by Stephen Billington. Stephen’s acting credits include television roles in Armchair Detectives (BBC), Danny Lomax in Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Greg Kelly in Coronation Street (ITV), Edward Thurlow in Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), and Jonathan Creek (BBC). On stage he has starred in The Crucible (York Theatre Royal), Peter James’s Not Dead Enough (UK Tour), and Alan Ayckbourn’s Hero’s Welcome and Confusions (UK Tours, Brits Off Broadway). He also played Phillip in Mel Gibson’s 1995 film Braveheart.

Matthew will be played by Dario Coates. Dario’s television acting credits include Damned (Channel 4), Endeavour (ITV), The Coroner (BBC), Drifters (E4) and Alex Neeson in Coronation Street (ITV).

Completing the cast are Katie Eldred as Anna, and Eva-Jane Willis as Rachel Girshfeld.

The Rubenstein Kiss will be directed by Joe Harmston, set design by Sean Cavanagh, sound design by Matthew Bugg, lighting design by Mike Robertson and casting by Kate Plantin CDG.

Runs from 14 March – 13 April 2019

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