Directed by a two-time Oscar nominee and written by a Hollywood screenwriter, the Rose Theatre’s blockbuster play Good Canary already had impeccable pedigree.

Now it has added a cast with a string of TV and film hits under their belts.

Harry Lloyd - whose TV roles include Game of Thrones, ITV’s Marcella and Wolf Hall – will lead the cast as writer Jack at the Kingston playhouse from September 16 to October 8.

Good Canary is written by Zach Helm, the screenwriter and director behind Stranger Than Fiction, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and the upcoming Jumanji reboot, which counts Kingston’s Spider-Man actor Tom Holland among its stars.

Two-time Oscar nominee John Malkovich makes his London directorial debut with the play, having already directed it in Spanish and French. It will also be the first time it has been performed in English, the language in which it was written.

Starring opposite Lloyd is 22-year-old Glaswegian Freya Mavor who has appeared in Skins, The White Queen and New Worlds. Next year, she will star opposite Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling in the adaptation of the Booker Prize-winner The Sense of an Ending.

The cast also includes Steve John Shepherd (EastEnders, Star Wars Episode II and Layer Cake), IIan Goodman (The Imitation Game), Simon Wilson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Epsom’s Sally Rogers (The Bill, Little Britain) and author and actor Michael Simkins.

Good Canary is at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, from September 16 to October 8. Tickets cost from £8. Go to

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