London Tide, Based on a Charles Dickens Novel, Opens at the National April 17 | Playbill

London News London Tide, Based on a Charles Dickens Novel, Opens at the National April 17

The London world premiere features an adaptation by Ben Power, who wrote original songs with PJ Harvey.

Ami Tredrea and Bella Maclean Spencer Murphy

The National Theatre's world premiere of London Tide, based on Charles Dickens’ final completed novel, Our Mutual Friend, officially opens April 17 following previews that began April 10.

Directed by Ian Rickson (Translations), adapted by Ben Power (The Lehman Trilogy), and with original songs by singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and Power, the romantic thriller will play the Lyttelton through June 22.

Leading the cast of the hymn to London and the river that runs through it are Beth Alsbury as Lavinia Wilfer, Joe Armstrong as Roger Riderhood, Crystal Condie as Miss Potterson, Laura Cubitt as Nancy, Jonathan Dryden Taylor as Mr. Cleaver, Brandon Grace as Charley Hexam, Scott Karim as Bradley Headstone, Stephen Kennedy as Reg Wilfer, Joshua Lacey as Inspector Bucket, Penny Layden as Mary Wilfer, Bella Maclean as Bella Wilfer, Tom Mothersdale as John Rokesmith, Ellie-May Sheridan as Jenny Wren, Ami Tredrea as Lizzie Hexam, Jamael Westman as Eugene Wrayburn, Peter Wight as Noddy Boffin, Jake Wood as Gaffer Hexam, and Rufus Wright as Mortimer Lightwood plus ensemble members Miya James and Liam Prince-Donnelly and understudies Hayley Chilvers, Eric Mok, Georgia Silver, and John Vernon.

In London Tide, a body is pulled from the Thames, while across the city, two young women, Lizzie Hexam and Bella Wilfer, confront an uncertain future. The appearance of the mysterious John Rokesmith has the potential to change their lives forever.

The production also features set and costume design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Jack Knowles, music direction by Ian Ross, co-sound design by Tingying Dong and Christopher Shutt, movement direction by Anna Morrissey, video design by Hayley Egan, fight direction by Terry King, casting direction by Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, voice and dialect coaching by Simon Money, associate set design by Verity Sadler, and staff direction by Yasmin Hafesji.


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