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Tilted Wig Productions and Malvern Theatres in conjunction with Theatre by the Lake present The School for Scandal at York Theatre Royal this month.

Joseph Marcell, best remembered as Geoffrey the butler in six seasons of US TV comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, returns to York Theatre Royal to lead the cast of a new production of Richard B Sheridan’s classic comedy The School for Scandal from April 23-27. In this fresh take on Sheridan’s The School for Scandal he plays Sir Peter Teazle who believes his young wife is sleeping with someone else. She isn’t but is starting to think that if her husband believes it, she may as well give it a go. After all, if you’re going to cause a scandal, you might as well enjoy it.

Joseph Marcell was most recently seen in Chiwetel Ejiofor’s debut feature film, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. TV credits include Mammoth and I Hate You, both for the BBC and he will soon be seen in Candice Carty-William’s Queenie on Channel 4. His prolific stage credits include Hamlet at the Young Vic with Cush Jumbo, Kathy Burke’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, extensive work with Shakespeare’s Globe including the titular role in Bill Buckhurst’s King Lear and Derek Walcott’s Omeros, as well as seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

The School For Scandal also features Garmon Rhys (Out There (ITV), Gangs Of London (HBO/Sky Atlantic) and Tina: The Musical (West End), Ayesha Griffiths (soon to be seen in Channel 4’s Queenie and Get Millie Black), Emily-Jane McNeil (The Mousetrap and Brexshit), Alex Phelps (As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe, When Darkness Falls, Park Theatre and UK tour), Lydea Perkins (Private Lives, The Mill At Sonning, Sense & Sensibility, Theatre By The Lake), Tony Timberlake (Little Shop of Horrors Storyhouse Chester, Maggie May, Leeds Playhouse, When Darkness Falls UK Tour) and Guy Dennys (Tilted Wig’s Around the World in 80 Days and Lady Chatterley’s Lover).

The School For Scandal is directed by Seán Aydon who recently adapted and directed the national tours of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Frankenstein. Hewas also assistant director on the world premiere of Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus at the Hammersmith Apollo.

The designer is Linbury Prize winner Sarah Beaton whose recent credits include The Merchant of Venice (Sam Wanamaker / The Globe), Nineteen Gardens (Hampstead Theatre) & Wild East (Young Vic). She previously worked with Tilted Wig as designer of The Picture of Dorian Gray. There is sound design/composition from Ed Lewis whose recent work includes The Box Of Delights (RSC), Killer  (West End) and Henry V (Donmar); lighting design from Peter Small whose work includes Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder! (Bristol Old Vic), King Stakh’s Wild Hunt (Barbican) and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Dailes Theatre, Riga); and movement direction from Stephen Moynihan whose credits include Ted Lasso, House Of The Dragon and Tilted Wig’s Frankenstein.

The School for Scandal is at York Theatre Royal from 23rd to 27th April 2024

Tues- Sat 7.30pm, Thurs matinee 2pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm. Post-show discussion Fri April 26

Box office 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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