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Richard is to give a reading of the play FOUR PLAY at the Old Vic in London, England.

WAR HORSE’s Jeremy Irvine and CINDERELLA’s Richard Madden to Lead Reading of FOUR PLAY

According to the Daily Mail, WAR HORSE’s Jeremy Irvine and CINDERELLA’s Richard Madden have signed on for a reading of Jake Brunger’s new work FOUR PLAY.

Also in the cast are Tom Rhys Harris and Joshua McCord. The play tackles what Brunger sees as “the biggest stumbling block for gays in modern life” — fidelity.

The official description reads: “After seven-and-a-half blissfully happy years, Rafe (Harries) and Pete (Irvine) have hit a rut. Having never slept with another man, their lack of sexual experience is slowly tearing them apart. When they proposition their mutual friend Michael (Madden) — knowing full well that Michael has his own long-term boyfriend Andrew (McCord) — complexities develop that none of the four could have predicted. A new comic play about the problems of monogamy and open relationships in a post gay-marriage era.”

Brunger and director Jack Sain told the Mail they are also eyeing a full-fledged production of FOUR PLAY. “You never know, this cast might be available for a short run,” Brunger said.

The reading is set for the Old Vic next Friday, June 26, as part of this year’s New Voices Festival.


Richard has joined actor Jeremy Irvine for a program at the Old Vic in London. Details below.

Richard Madden and Jeremy Irvine among performers featured in Old Vic New Voices festival

Actors Richard Madden and Jeremy Irvine, writer Jake Brunger and director Jessica Swale are among the figures coming together for a new festival hosted by the Old Vic.

The festival is being held in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Old Vic New Voices initiative, and will bring established actors, writers and directors together with new talent nurtured through the scheme.

Featuring new work by British and American playwrights and a new musical, the programme will run from June 19 to July 24 on the Old Vic’s main stage.

New musical The Natives, written by Cat Jones and Matthew Booth and directed by Jamie Jackson, will take place on June 30.

Brunger’s Four Play will be directed by Jack Sain and will run on June 26, while Swale will direct Steven Hevey’s Sirius on July17.

Other performers involved in the festival include Pippa Haywood, Carly Bawden and Marc Elliot, while directors Derek Bond, Alice Hamilton and Caroline Byrne will also be involved.

The programme also include new work by Lucinda Burnett, Thomas Bradshaw and Nessah Muthy.

As part of the festival, a new play by James Baldwin, called Match Fit, will visit schools across London from June 22 to July 17.

The festival is funded by the TS Eliot Estate and Arts Council England.

ACE theatre director Neil Darlison said: “The chance to create new work that will be showcased on the Old Vic’s stage is an exciting opportunity for the participating playwrights. The Old Vic New Voices programme has supported a diverse range of young artists and innovative projects over recent years and the new festival element will help to build on the success achieved to date.”

The festival will be free to attend, with tickets available via a lottery.