After Electra

Theatre Royal Plymouth

A Theatre Royal Plymouth Production

After Electra

By April de Angelis, Directed by Samuel West


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The Drum


I blame the books they learned to read with; Daddy at the office, Mummy looking out of the window while she’s washing up. I should have burnt them.

It’s Virgie’s birthday and, as she turns 81, she is bucking convention with a very surprising trick up her sleeve. But always a more committed artist than mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends’ determination to thwart her distinctly unusual birthday plans.

Will her loved ones consent to her last wish, or could the secrets of their past stand in the way?

April De Angelis’ After Electra is a deeply moving and blisteringly witty black comedy that that re-imagines the meaning of family and explores how the choices we make can change our lives forever.

After Electra, a Theatre Royal Plymouth production, follows April De Angelis’ Jumpy (4 stars from Guardian/Telegraph/The Arts Desk) which transferred to the West End following it’s sell out success at the Royal Court and is now receiving international acclaim.

Read the Assistant Director’s blog

April De Angelis: ‘Being a feminist in the real world is tough’ – a Guardian article by Lyn Gardner

Interview with Samuel West on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row

Following the run in Plymouth, After Electra will then play at the Tricycle Theatre, London from Tuesday 2nd April to Saturday 2nd May.

Post Show Q&A: Wed 18 & Tue 24 Mar
Recommended for: everyone aged 15+ (contains strong language)

Running Time: approximately 2 hours 25 minutes including a 20 minute interval

The Theatre Royal Plymouth gratefully acknowledges the support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Clothworkers' Foundation

Pricing & Concessions

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Director Samuel West paces the piece beautifully with excellent timing and delivery, balancing laugh-out-loud wit and comedy with passionate declamation and pathos.


This superb company ensure we feel an appreciation and compassion for the characters right from the start… productions like this do not come along every day. Catch it if you can.

Roger Malone - The Herald

The Drum continues to be a significant player in the creation of contemporary theatre

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The play is dark and comic and director Samuel West brings his company together like a maestro conducting an orchestra.

The set, designed by Michael Taylor, is a piece of art. Every minute detail is set out to create the living, breathing space of an artist. The amount of care that has been taken to create a naturalistic space is staggering and fits the piece very well.

The Public Reviews

It’s a stirring thing to see the emotional lives of women over 50 placed centre-stage.



Michael Begley

Michael Begley plays Roy. His theatre work includes Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios), Sweet Bird of Youth (The Old Vic), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre), Rhinoceros, The Arsonists (Royal Court), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Royal Exchange) and Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham REP). For television, his work includes Foyle’s War, Switch, Doctor Who, Being Human, The Children, William and Mary, City Central and Bob and Rose; and for film, Vacuuming Completely in the Nude.

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell plays Shirley. She is a founding member of Hull Truck Theatre Company. Her theatre credits include Keeping Up Appearances (The Theatre of Comedy), Alphabetical Order, Pat & Margaret (Salisbury Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Bridget’s House (Hull Truck Tour / Bush Theatre), The Gladhand, Flying Blind (Royal Court), Samba (Tricycle Theatre), and Under Milkwood (National Theatre). For television, her credits include Mrs Biggs, Eros Unleashed, The Waiting War, Grange Hill, One Foot in the Grave, A Dark Adapted Eye, The Darling Buds of May; and for film From Time to Time, The Edge of Love, The Death of Klinghoffer, Dirty Bomb and Sweet William.

Marty Cruickshank low res

Marty Cruickshank plays Virgie. Her theatre credits include Exit The King (Bath Theatre Royal), Richard II, The Heresy Of Love, Hamlet, Love In A Wood (RSC), London Wall (Finborough & West End), Pygmalion (West End & Chichester Festival Theatre), Gates Of Gold (Manchester Library Theatre), In Parenthesis (Churchill Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (national tour), Riders to the Sea, The Tinker’s Wedding (Southwark Playhouse), and Major Barbara (Piccadilly Theatre). For television, Line of Duty, Spooks, Kavanagh QC, Faith in the Future, and Unnatural Pursuits; and for film London Wall; I, Anna and The Fool.

Kate Fahy

Kate Fahy plays Sonia. Her theatre credits include Definitely The Bahamas (Orange Tree Theatre), The Goat (Almeida/ Apollo Theatre), Grace, Gaucho, Old Flames (Hampstead Theatre), Bouncing (National Theatre), Funny Peculiar (Liverpool Everyman), Othello (Young Vic) and Seduced (Royal Court). Her television credits include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Holby City, The Best Man, The House of Elliot, The Jury, Trial and Retribution and Death in Paradise; and film credits include Archipelago, The Show, The Living Dead (Best Actress award at the Campobasso Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress at the Austin Film Festival in Texas) and The Fourth Angel.

Neil McCaul low res

Neil McCaul plays Tom. For theatre, his work includes Oedipus, Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (ETT), Sweeney Todd (Bristol Old Vic), Privates on Parade, Appearances, The Baker’s Wife, Chicago, Calendar Girls (West End), The Boyfriend (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Little Voice (Hull Truck). His television credits include Take Me Home, Into the Fire, Up the Garden Path, Time After Times, Class Act, Where the Heart Is, 55 Degrees North, People Like Us, Benidorm, Father Ted and Heil Honey I’m Home!.

Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts returns to the Theatre Royal, Plymouth to play Haydn. She previously appeared in Horse Piss for Blood. Her other theatre work includes_ Housewife 49_ (Old Laundry Theatre), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester, West End and Toronto), Separate Tables (Chichester), Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park), Comfort Me With Apples, Buried Alive, Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Newbury), The Glass Menagerie (Lancaster), The Shell Seekers ( UK Tour), Being Olivia (Croydon), Dancing at Lughnasa ( Garrick). For Television: Emma, Party Animals, Afterlife, Little Britain, Tenko, Peak Practice, Playing the Field, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Fields of Gold, Playing the Field. For Film: Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh, Just Ines, Meet Pursuit Delange.

James Wallace

James Wallace plays Orin. His theatre work includes Backbeat (West End, Toronto, Los Angeles), 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre), Arcadia, Private Lives (Manchester Library), Much Ado About Nothing, Dangerous Corner, Wives as They Were (Bury St Edmunds), Rosencrantz And Guildenstern are Dead (ETT), The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse), Henry IV (RSC), and Tartuffe and Hamlet (Almeida Theatre). For television, his work includes The Alan Clark Diaries, Passage and Pie in the Sky; and for film Genius, Piccadilly Jim and Die Another Day.

Eleanor Wyld

Eleanor Wyld returns to Theatre Royal Plymouth to play Miranda. She previously appeared in The Astronaut’s Chair. Her other theatre work includes Bedroom Farce/Separate Tables (Salisbury Playhouse), Visitors (Arcola Theatre, national tour, Bush Theatre), Unscorched, Rigor Mortis (Finborough Theatre), Dances of Death (Gate Theatre) and Antigone (Southwark Playhouse). For television, her work includes Misfits, Black Mirror, Honest and You Can Choose Your Friends; and for film, Bonobo, Johnny English Reborn and Freestyle.


Written by April de Angelis
April de Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes: Jumpy (West End, 2012/Royal Court, 2011),_ A Gloriously Mucky Business_ (Lyric Hammersmith, 2011), Calais (Paines Plough, Oran Mor, 2010) and Country (Southwark Playhouse, 2010). April’s work for radio includes: a serialisation of_ Peyton Place, Visitants_ for BBC Radio 4 and The Outlander for Radio 5, which won the 1992 Writer’s Guild Award. April has written for Glyndebourne and the English National Opera and wrote The Silent Twins libretto, set to music by Errollyn Wallen (Almeida Theatre, 2007). TV work includes: a BFI/Channel 4 commission, Aristophanes, and she is currently developing a television series with Drama Republic/Channel 4 based on her stage play Jumpy.

Director: Samuel West
Directing includes: Close the Coalhouse Door (Northern Stage, national tour, BBC Radio 4), Dealer’s Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Trafalgar Sudios), Waste (Almeida), Money (BBC Radio 3), Così fan Tutte (ENO) and The Magic Flute (Palestine Mozart Festival). As Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres: The Romans in Britain, Insignificance, The Clean House and As You Like It (also RSC). Acting work includes: Hamlet and Richard II for the RSC, Arcadia (NT) ENRON (West End), three series of Mr Selfridge and the films_ Howards End, Notting Hill_ and Hyde Park on Hudson. Forthcoming: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, The Hollow Crown II, The Frankenstein Chronicles, W1A and Suffragette. He is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.

Set & Costume Designer: Michael Taylor
Theatre credits include: The Ladykillers (West End and tour, Olivier Award nomination), Faith Healer, Kill Johnny Glendenning, A View From the Bridge, The Price, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Dr Scroggy’s War, Blue Stockings, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn, In Extremis, A Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe/ETT tour), The Misanthrope (Liverpool Playhouse and tour), A Christmas Carol, (Northampton), Clever Dick, My Boy Jack, The Awakening (Hampstead Theatre), Shadow of a Gunman, John Bull’s Other Island (Tricycle), Vita and Virginia (Altes Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart), Rafts and Dreams (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Amphibians (RSC), Mountain Language (National Theatre), The Fatherland (Riverside Studios), Jazz and The Blue Kitten, The Attractions (Soho Poly Drama Magazine Best Designer Award).

Sound Designer: Adrienne Quartly
For Theatre Royal Plymouth:_ Merit, Grand Guignol, Juvenalia, Chekhov in Hell, The Astronaut’s Chair, Nostalgia, Horse Piss for Blood_. Recent shows include: Bad Jews (Arts Theatre), Sex and the 3 day week (Liverpool Playhouse), untold stories (WYP),_ A Tale of Two Cities_ (Royal and Derngate), Inside Wagner’s Head (Linbury, Royal Opera House), Too Clever, You Can’t Take It With You, And The Horse You Rode In On, Get Happy (Told by an Idiot), Every Last Trick (Spymonkey), Thomas Hobbes,_ Here Lies Mary Spindler_ (RSC), The Container, The Shawl (Young Vic), Stockholm (Frantic Assembly), 365 (National
Theatre of Scotland), The Roundabout Season (Paines Plough).

Lighting Designer: Malcolm Rippeth
Theatre credits include: The Empress (RSC), The Promise (Donmar), Spur of The Moment (Royal Court), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong/West End), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester), Calendar Girls (West End/Australia/Canada), Stones in his Pockets (Tricycle), Forever House (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Decade (Headlong), London (Paines Plough), The Dead (Abbey, Dublin), The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange), HMS Pinafore (Guthrie Theater Minneapolis),_ Brief Encounter_ (Kneehigh/West End/ Broadway – OBIE and WhatsOnStage Awards). Opera and dance includes: Designer Body (balletLORENT), Orfeo ed Euridice (Buxton Festival), Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Seven Deadly Sins (WNO) and The Coronation of Poppea (Opera North).

Casting Director: Stephen Moore
Theatre credits include: Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Grand Guignol (Theatre Royal Plymouth/Southwark Playhouse), Our Boys (Duchess Theatre), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios), Midnight Cowboy (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), The Exonerated (Riverside Studios), Perpetua (Latchmere Theatre). Television credits include: Father Brown (BBC), Watson and Oliver (BBC), Very Few Fish (BBC), Land Girls (BBC), Dawson Bros. Funtime (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Doctors (BBC). Film credits include: The Contractor. As Casting Associate: Starter for Ten, Amazing Grace, Brothers of the Head. As Casting Assistant: Hot Fuzz, The Illusionist, Sahara, The Heart of Me, I Capture the Castle. Short films: Flea, Chicken Soup, Earthquake, Ela.

Assistant Director: Phil Bartlett
Phil studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and trained as a director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2014 he was a finalist for the JMK Young Director’s Award. Directing credits include: The Madness of Lady Bright (CCA), The Special (Traverse, tour), A Million Hearts in Stereo (The Arches). As Assistant Director: Merit, Another Place, Grand Guignol (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Bite the Bullet (Òran Mór),_ As You Like It_ (Bard in the Botanics). Phil is Assistant Director for the Theatre Royal Plymouth 2014–2015.

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