Cast announced for The Croft starring Derby's own Gwen Taylor

Showing Monday 27 January - Saturday 1 February

Age guidance: 12+

The Original Theatre Company presents the new Ali Milles thriller, The Croft, based on a true story and starring Gwen Taylor.

Gwen Taylor will play Enid and is best known for playing the title role in the ITV sitcom Barbara, as well as Anne Foster in Coronation Street, Peggy Armstrong in Heartbeat, Rita Simcock in A Bit of A Do, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA TV Best Actress Award, and Amy in Duty Free.  Her film appearances include Another Mother’s Son, The Lady in the Van and Monty Python's Life of Brian.  Gwen recently toured the UK in The Lady Vanishes.

Caroline Harker will play the roles of Suzanne / Ruth. She is best known for her role as Celia in BBC’s Middlemarch, as well as WPC Hazel Wallace in ITV’s A Touch of Frost. Her other notable television credits include Coronation Street, Doctors and Holby City. She most recently starred in Relatively Speaking, Breaking Code  and Handbagged  (Salisbury Playhouse). 

Drew Cain, who will play the roles of David/Alec, is best known for his television and film credits including Mission of Honour  (also known as Hurricane, directed by David Blair), the TV movies Wallis: The Queen That Never Was and Albert: The Power Behind Victoria, Home Fires, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Tina and Bobby, EastEnders, Waterloo Road and Doctors.

Joining them is Lucy Doyle who will play the roles of Laura/Eilene and made her professional debut this year at Theatre Royal Bath in Vienna 1934 - Munich 1938  alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Paul Hilton and Simon Roberts who will play Tom/Patrick. His theatre credits include Witness For The Prosecution (London County Hall), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Untold Stories and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse). 

The Croft  is set in the remote Scottish Highlands village of Coillie Ghille, where we encounter three women from different eras whose lives are intertwined by the croft's dark history. In the 1880’s, we have Enid, the last person left in the village - she's resilient, a survivor, who takes in the Laird's pregnant daughter, Eilene. In 2005, Ruth occupies the croft, which she and her husband Tom bought as a holiday home and where Ruth has her affair with local man, David. In the present day, Laura returns with her friend Suzanne to her parent's croft after her mother Ruth's death. They discover the terrifying truth that lurks within the croft. In this bold and haunting play, the present interweaves with the past, as these women search for love in the midst of great danger. As we watch their stories intertwineand ancient tales surface, can the present heal the past?

'A Killer Thriller to knock ‘em dead…By the end I was jumping out of my skin at every bump and every owl-hoot.’  The Daily Mail on Night Must Fall  (2016)

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