Nicola Stephenson and Matthew Wilson to star in Hull Truck Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre’s co-production of TWO by Jim Cartwright

Nicola Stephenson and Matthew Wilson to star in Hull Truck Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre’s co-production of TWO by Jim Cartwright

Pull up a stool and join the regulars amongst the humour and heartbreak that’s found at the bottom of a glass this March. Written by award-winning playwright Jim Cartwright (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Road), two actors play 14 characters in this mesmerising, bittersweet comedy set in a Northern local. TWO is Hull Truck Theatre’s new co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and assembles a stellar Creative Team and Cast.

Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mark Babych will be welcoming cast members Nicola Stephenson and Matthew Wilson to the theatre on Monday for the beginning of rehearsals. Mark will be directing this version of TWO, very appropriate considering he was sharing an office with Jim Cartwright as the play was being written. To help the show make a seamless transfer to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, this production will be staged in the round. We’re building a whole new seating bank under the arch of the stage, meaning patrons can opt for a whole new view whilst the action unfolds within the pub.

Creative Team

Written by Jim Cartwright Lighting Design | Zia Bergin Holly
   
Director | Mark Babych Sound Design | Adam McCready
   
Set and Costume Design | Helen Coyston Casting Director | Sarah Hughes

Cast

Nicola Stephenson - Landlady

Most recent credits include the lead in Safe House (ITV) and a series regular role on CBBC’s The Worst Witch as well as roles in The Alienist (Netflix), Silent Witness (BBC) and Agatha Raisin (Acorn TV). Other credits include Home Front (ITV), Waterloo Road (BBC), Larkrise to Candleford (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV), The Chase (BBC), Clocking Off (BBC) and Midsommer Murders (ITV).

She also has a number of brilliant stage credits. Most recently she appeared in Stepping Out directed by Maria Friedman at Theatre Royal Bath and The Vaudeville Theatre, West End. Previous credits include His Girl Friday and Edmund (National Theatre), A Patriot For Me (RSC), War Horse (West End) and One For the Road (Royal and Derngate, Northampton).

Best known for her television work, Nicola first rose to fame as Margaret Clemence in Brookside. In this role, she made history by being part of the first ever pre-watershed lesbian kiss. Sharing the scene with Anna Friel, it was an iconic moment for the LGBTQ+ community and was viewed by 6 million people when it aired in 1994.

Matthew Wilson - Landlord

For television Matthew has held recurring roles in Broken (BBC) where he played PC Ian Wakefield and Poldark (BBC) appearing as Mark Daniel in Seasons 1 & 2. Matthew’s film work includes playing Sam in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Brothers) and Hard Steve in The Inbetweeners Movie (Bwark). Other television credits include Call The Midwife (BBC), Unforgotten (ITV), Vera (ITV), Sherlock (BBC), Endeavour (ITV), Mr Selfridge (ITV), Doctors (BBC) and The Bill (Talkback Thames).

He also has a number of brilliant stage credits. Most recently he appeared in The York Realist, a Donmar Warehouse and Sheffield Theatres co-production, directed by Robert Hastie. Previous credits include Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Widowing Of Mrs Holroyd (New Vic Theatre), The God’s Weep and Othello (RSC) and Home (Peter Hall Company/Theatre Royal Bath).

I’m really looking forward to working on TWO – it’s a play I’ve known for a very long time and was privileged to see the first production of it as a young director, cutting his teeth in the theatre where the show began its life. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to direct the play again and having the opportunity to stage this in the round here at Hull Truck Theatre – and then at the SJT in Scarborough – gives me a chance to explore the play anew and allows the audience to experience it in a dynamic and exciting new space.

It’s a beautiful kaleidoscopic love story that takes the audience on a night out in a local pub, where they witness characters hopes, dreams and desires spill out into the night. All building to its emotionally charged climax where our central characters of the landlord and landlady face up to a devastating truth that has held them captive for 7 years. It’s a great night out in the theatre and I’m thrilled that we have two exceptional actors in Nicola and Matthew, who will play 14 characters between them and I can’t wait for everyone to see them in action with Jim Cartwright’s unique Northern Voice.”

Mark Babych, Artistic Director at Hull Truck Theatre

Tickets for TWO can be bought here: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on/drama/two/