Sister, sister! One’s an uptight WASP and the other an eccentric recovering alcoholic, but they’re very much related. Sinéad Cusack and Clare Higgins have signed on to play sisters Polly Wyeth and Silda Grauman in the U.K. premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Tony-nominated play Other Desert Cities. Set to kick off a season of productions to be presented in-the-round at The Old Vic and directed by Olivier award winner Lindsay Posner, the production will begin previews March 13, with opening night set for March 24. Other Desert Cities follows Brooke Wyeth as she returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents (Cusack as the mother), her upbeat brother and her recovering alcoholic aunt (Higgins). She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair. Two-time Tony nominee and Olivier nominee Cusack marks her return to The Old Vic stage, having last appeared in The Bridge Project (The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale). Other stage work includes Juno and the Paycock, Rock ’n’ Roll (Royal Court, West End and Broadway; 2008 Tony nomination for Featured Actress), Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing (Tony nomination for Best Actress) and Our Lady of Sligo. On screen, Cusack has starred in The Wrath of the Titans, Eastern Promises, V for Vendetta and I Capture the Castle and will soon appear in the film Eliza Graves, alongside Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale. View Comments London Tony nominee Higgins is the recipient of three Olivier Awards; for Hecuba at the Donmar, Sweet Bird of Youth at the National and Vincent in Brixton (Tony nominated). Other notable theatre roles include Jocasta in Jonathan Kent’s Oedipus opposite Ralph Fiennes, Gertrude in Hamlet with Rory Kinnear, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman (Lyric), The Night of the Iguana, The Fever, Phaedra and Mrs Klein. Film work includes the cult films Hellraiser and Hellraiser II, as well as I Give It A Year, The Golden Compass and The Libertine. She can be seen as Mrs. Barlett in the third series of Downton Abbey. The show was first seen in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, before transferring to Broadway where it garnered five Tony nominations. Other Desert Cities was also a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Submit Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Related Articles Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Betway has secured a new agreement with Spanish top-flight football club Real Betis Balompié to become the team’s official shirt sponsor.The two-year agreement will see the operator’s logo feature on Real Betis’ green and white jersey from the start of the 2020/21 La Liga season.In addition, Betway will benefit from additional brand exposure with its logo shown around the perimeter of their Benito Villamarin stadium.Anthony Werkman, Betway, CEO said: “Real Betis play in one of the most popular leagues in the world, where we already have a tremendous presence. We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with one of the established clubs with a great history. We look forward to showcasing Betway to their fans and the people of Seville.”Ramón Alarcón, General Director of Business of Real Betis Balompié added: “At Real Betis we have been working in the digital environment for many years to increase the value of our advertising assets.“This sponsorship agreement, which is the most important quantitatively in our history, recognises this work, for which we are proud. In addition, the agreement comes with a leading company in the sector, with scrupulous compliance with current regulations.”The agreement comes at a time when the Spanish Ministry of Consumer Affairs is considering proposals which will toughen up regulations on betting companies, including restrictions to sponsorship agreements and advertising exposure.Under the new proposals to amend the Royal Decree, Spanish Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón has altered the wording of the ruling to state that “sponsorship in sports T-shirts or equipment will not be admissible”, with gambling companies already banned from featuring on youth shirts.Last month, Spanish online gambling trade body Jdigital launched a EU-level appeal against the Consumer Affairs Ministry’s actions – stating that the regulatory department had not followed correct business procedures in its enforcement of the new advertising and sponsorship restrictions.Making its appeal to EC adjudicators, Jdigital stated that Garzon and the Spanish government had altered the Royal Decree drastically from its original mandate, enforcing last minute adjustment without any formal oversight from business stakeholders.