Jodie Whittaker and Baby Reindeer's Jessica Gunning added to 'unique' theatre show's all-star cast

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8 Jul 2024, 14:56

Jessica Gunning and Jodie Whittaker smiling at red carpet events

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Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and Baby Reindeer’s Jessica Gunning are the latest big names announced for the cast of a “unique” London theatre show.

The TV stars will both take to the stage at different times to play the lead in Echo (Every Cold Hearted Oxygen) at the Royal Court Theatre during the capital’s international festival of theatre (LIFT).

In Echo, different actors will take to the stage each night to perform their rendition of a script they won’t have seen until that evening.



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According to the show’s synopsis, the play will ask audiences to “confront what it feels like to be an immigrant in time, as much as in space” in “an ambitious, magical and uncompromising production where no one travels yet everybody can be present.”

Other actors due to take part in the exciting project are Mr Bates vs The Post Office’s Toby Jones and Monica Dolan, Trigger Point’s Adrian Lester and Ted Lasso and Taskmaster star Nick Mohammed.

Fiona Shaw, Kathryn Hunter, Meera Syal and Rebecca Lucy Taylor are all also going to star in the play on different nights. Plus Benedict Wong, Shelia Atim, playwright Jeremy O Harris and Mawaan Rizwan will all also be taking part in the production, which will run for a short time in mid-July 2024.

Speaking about the opportunity in a recent press release, Monica Dolan shared her excitement about the project, explaining: “Hearing the story for the first time at the same time as telling it is something rarely experienced by an actor.

“It takes us all the way back to how Shakespeare’s actors must have experienced his plays the first time they played and heard them.”

The play has been written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour and directed by Omar Elerian. In addition to the already announced cast, one more celebrity name is seemingly still to be revealed for the production.

Echo will run at the Royal Court Theatre in London from Saturday 13th July to Saturday 27th July.