December 1st 1958. Waring Hudsucker, president of the giant Hudsucker Industries, has just thrown himself from the 45th floor. The business world holds its breath. But the board of directors has a cunning plan: put an idiot in his place, depress the stock price, buy up all the shares and make a million! And they’ve found the perfect proxy: a clumsy, big-hearted goof with some hare-brained scheme to reinvent the wheel.

Only Norville Barnes may not be quite as stupid as he looks…

Based on the Coen Brothers’ joyful, wise-cracking romantic comedy which helped establish them among the most entertaining and distinctive film-makers of our time and directed by Simon Dormandy and Toby Sedgwick (War Horse39 Steps), this timely take on corporate greed is a highly theatrical, inventively staged treat.

Photo gallery - credit: Clare Park.

Audio described performance: Friday 22 May 2015
BSL-interpreted performance: Thursday 28 May 2015

FREE post-show Q&A: Wednesday 27 May 2015

FREE Adaptation Workshop with Simon Dormandy: Wednesday 27 May 2015 from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. For more info and to book click here.

 

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THE HUDSUCKER PROXY 9 - 30 May 2015: Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 3 - 27 June 2015: Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse A Nuffield and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse co-production, in association with Complicite Based on the Warner Bros. film Written b

  • Rob Castell - Smitty

    Rob Castell

    Rob Castell is an actor, writer and musician. Known primarily for his work with Barbershopera, he has in recent years performed his own work at Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Plymouth Drum and on tour, winning the Best Actor award at the DIMF festival in South Korea in 2010.

    He played Pop on the International Arena Tour of We Will Rock You, Pablo the Matador on E4’s Playing It Straight and Chris in the 2013 British Feature Film Meet Me On The Southbank.

    He played Leon in a new adaptation of Madame Bovary at the Hope Theatre in Islington as part of the HopeFull Rep Season in August 2014. He was the understudy for Kevin Bishop in Fully Committed, a one-man comedy with 37 characters at the Menier Chocolate Factory in October 2014, and played Rudolph and The Prince in The Snow Queen at the Nuffield Theatre last Christmas. In addition to performing, he writes and performs the songs for BAFTA-nominated CBBC show Officially Amazing and has co-written a new full-scale musical which has been optioned by a leading international producer.

  • - Hudsucker / The Chief
  • - Mussburger
  • - Miss Turner / Za-Za
  • Tim Lewis - Buzz

    Tim Lewis

    Tim trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Theatre includes: At The End of Everything Else, Something Very Far Away (Unicorn, Théâtre Mouffetard, Paris), The Elephantom (National Theatre, West End), The Guinea Pig Club (York Theatre Royal), The Railway Children (Waterloo Station), This Just In (Old Red Lion), War Horse (National Theatre, West End, South Africa), The Man of Mode (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Rep and UK Tour).

    Television includes: Mr Selfridge (ITV), Five Daughters (BBC), The King (Channel 4).

    Film includes: In The Dark Half (South West Screen, BBC Films), Congregation of Ghosts (Whitechapel Films).

    Radio includes: A Writer’s France (BBC Radio 4).

  • - Amy Archer
  • - Norville Barnes
  • - Moses
  • - Adaptor / Co-Director
  • - Co-Director
  • - Designer
  • - Lighting Designer
  • - Sound Designer
  • Timothy Bird - Video Designer

    Timothy Bird

    Timothy Bird specialises in weaving the moving image into traditional theatrical story telling.

    Recent credits include: set, costume and video design for The Honey Man (Birmingham REP), set and video design for Love, Loss and Chianti (Chichester Festival Theatre), Moon Tiger (Theatre Royal Bath), video design for Neige (Grand Théatre de Luxembourg), design for Hidden in the Sand (Trafalgar Studios), projection design for Praxis makes perfect! (Neon Neon, National Theatre of Wales co-production), projection design for Backbeat (London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Glasgow), projection design for 42nd Street at Chichester Festival Theatre, projection design for Sunday in the Park with George (The Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndhams Theatre, The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, New York and 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle). For The Hudsucker Proxy, Timothy is joined by regular collaborators, animator Lawrence Watson and illustrator Moira Lam.

  • Anna Cooper - Casting Director

    Anna Cooper

    As Casting Director: Theatre includes: The Hudsucker Proxy, A Number, Tonight at 8.30, The Saints, The Snow Queen (Nuffield), Multitudes, The Arabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre), The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola), The David Hare Season (Sheffield Theatres), Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (Theatre Royal Bath & Tour), Ghosts (West End), The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre), Educating Rita (Watermill Theatre), Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tour), Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), The High Tide Festival (2007), Scenes from An Execution (Hackney Empire) and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Southwark Playhouse). Film includes: Act of Love (short), That Woman (short). Radio includes: Skyvers and The Reluctant Spy (BBC).

    As Casting Associate: Television includes: Capital, Doc Martin, Atlantis, Arthur & George, SILK, Vicious, The Politician’s Husband, Best of Men, George Gently VI, We’ll Take Manhattan, Outcasts, Ashes to Ashes, Benidorm, Gavin & Stacey, Mutual Friends, Wild At Heart, Trial & Retribution. Film includes: The Lady in the Van, Belle, The Dark Knight Rises, Sex&Drugs&Rock’n’Roll and The Other Boleyn Girl.

  • - Assistant Director
  • - Assistant Lighting Designer
  • Timothy Bird - Video Designer

    Timothy Bird

    Timothy Bird specialises in weaving the moving image into traditional theatrical story telling.

    Recent credits include: set, costume and video design for The Honey Man (Birmingham REP), set and video design for Love, Loss and Chianti (Chichester Festival Theatre), Moon Tiger (Theatre Royal Bath), video design for Neige (Grand Théatre de Luxembourg), design for Hidden in the Sand (Trafalgar Studios), projection design for Praxis makes perfect! (Neon Neon, National Theatre of Wales co-production), projection design for Backbeat (London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Glasgow), projection design for 42nd Street at Chichester Festival Theatre, projection design for Sunday in the Park with George (The Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndhams Theatre, The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, New York and 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle). For The Hudsucker Proxy, Timothy is joined by regular collaborators, animator Lawrence Watson and illustrator Moira Lam.

  • Ben Grant - Assistant Sound Designer

    Ben Grant