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ACCOLADE

Tue 18 - Sat 22 June 2024
Tickets £20-£40*

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Starring AYDEN CALLAGHAN, HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS & SARA CROWE

Step into the vibrant world of London’s intellectual elite, where the price of success is often too high to pay...

Recently knighted author Sir Will Trenting appears to have it all - a stellar career, a Nobel Prize and the perfect family.

But when a scandal from his secret past is threatened to be exposed, the harsh realities of success draws him and everyone he knows into a dark and chilling trial-by-media, facing the double standards of a society bent on destroying him. 

With razor-sharp dialogue, poignant moments, and unexpected twists at every turn, Accolade grips your heart and mind, forcing you to examine the fine line between truth and lies.

Originally written in the 1950s, Emlyn Williams’ play remains remarkably relevant nearly 75 years after its debut.

Directed by Sean Mathias – previous productions include Frank and Percy, The Cherry Orchard, Alone Together and the recently filmed adaptation of Hamlet starring Ian McKellen.

Running Time

TBC

General Guidance

TBC

Age Guidance

12+

Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm:
£20/£25/£35/£40*

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Ayden Callaghan (Will Trenting)

Ayden is widely known for his on-screen role as Miles De Souza in Emmerdale. He then went on to play fan favourite Joe Roscoe on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. The Roscoe family were one of the most popular families to join the soap and the year after they joined Hollyoaks won 'Best Soap' at the Soap Awards for the first time in its nineteen-year history. 
 
On stage, Ayden has recently completed a hugely successful run as Frank Farmer in the UK and Ireland tour of The Bodyguard, a role originally made famous by Kevin Costner in the 1992 film of the same name, starring Whitney Houston.
 
Stage credits: Ayden made his West End theatre debut as Dr Treves in The Elephant Man at The Trafalgar Studios directed by Bruce Guthrie. He then went on to play Malcolm on the National tour of  Bedroom Farce directed by Sir Peter Hall; a sold out run at Edinburgh festival as Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, which then had a limited run at The Leicester Square Theatre; Corporal Johnstone in The Long The Short and The Tall (The Pleasance Theatre); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Open Air); Paddy in Carmen Revised (Royal Albert Hall); Len Turner/Mike Turner Beautiful Blows (Royal Festival Hall, London)
 
TV credits: Phillip Morris in BBC Crime drama Supergrass; Ron in Bad Education (Tiger Aspect for BBC); Damon McCormick in Doctors (BBC); PC Lomax in EastEnders (BBC); Mick Starkey in Casualty (BBC) and Ian Whittle in The Bill (ITV). 
 
Film credits: Declan in Krish and Lee; Newcastle Reserves in Goal! The Dream Begins, Frank McKnight in The Best Years; Liam in Two Days in the Smoke
 
Ayden is passionate about giving young people opportunities in the Arts and he co-owns Curious Theatre School with his wife, Sarah-Jane Honeywell. Ayden and Sarah-Jane aim is to bring the professional side of the creative arts to Lincoln and offer performing opportunities not always afforded to children growing up outside the main UK cities.  www.curioustheatreschool.com

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Honeysuckle Weeks (Rona Trenting)

Honeysuckle comes to Accolade fresh from the acclaimed production of Calendar Girls the Musical. An actor since childhood, she has played leading roles in film, theatre and television, most notably as Sam Stuart in nine series of the Bafta award-winning Foyles War.  


Honeysuckle played Cordelia in Jonathan Miller’s charity production of King Lear at The Old Vic and was tutored by Sir Peter Hall in speaking verse. Other theatre credits include The Best Man (West End), These Shining Lives (Park Theatre), A Daughter’s a Daughter (West End), Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre), Witness for the Prosecution (UK tour), Absurd Person Singular (UK tour),Twelfth Night (UK tour)


Television credits include: Foyles War, Maxxx, The Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Five, Lewis, Death in Paradise, Poirot, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Close Relations, The Victoria Wood Show, The Orchard Walls, A Dark Adapted Eye and The Rag Nymph.

 
Film credits include: The Wicker Tree, Our House and Red Mercury Rising.

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Jamie Hogarth (Albert)

Originally from South London, Jamie graduated from drama school in 2005 from The Academy of Creative Training in Brighton.

As a young actor passionate about theatre, early expectations of joining the RSC were initially dashed after Jamie secured his first professional credit as an armed robber in Crimewatch.


Thankfully, Jamie has enjoyed a varied CV since then and, almost twenty years on and having appeared in several Bill Kenwright productions along the way, Jamie is delighted to be joining the cast of Accolade


Recent TV credits include: Bad Education (BBC Three/Tiger Aspect); Slow Horses (Apple TV/Jackson River Films); Our House (ITV/Red Planet); Eastenders (BBC); The Crown (Left Bank Films).


Recent Theatre Credits include: Best of Enemies (Second Half Productions); Death of a Salesman (Elliott & Harper Productions); Mamma Mia! (Littlestar); Flare Path (Original Theatre/Birdsong Productions); Abigail’s Party (Bath Theatre Royal/ATG).
 

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David Phelan (Thane Lampeter)

TV credits include: The Crown (Netflix); Hollyoaks (Channel 4); Babylon (Channel 4); EastEnders (BBC); Doctors (BBC); The Bill (ITV); Waterloo Road (BBC).


Film credits include: Mission Impossible (Paramount); Reprobate (Beaumont Productions).

Theatre credits include: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Design for Living (Theatre des Capucins, Luxembourg); Noises Off (Oldham Coliseum); Much Ado About Nothing (Salisbury Playhouse); Copenhagen (Salisbury Playhouse); The David Hare Trilogy (Birmingham Rep); Hamlet (Young Vic/Globe Tokyo, Shakespeare Globe Theatre, Elsmore Castle Denmark); A Passionate Woman (Stoke-On-Trent New Vic Theatre ); Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre); The Alchemist (National Theatre); Hamlet (Birmingham Rep).
 

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Sara Crowe (Marian Tillyard)

Sara’s most recent theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Theatre Royal Windsor); The Way Old Friends Do (UK Tour & Criterion Theatre, Offie nomination for Supporting Performance in a play 2023) and Sheila’s Island (UK Tour for Yvonne Arnaud Theatre). Also on tour: How the Other Half Loves; Fallen Angels; Acorn Antiques the Musical; Calendar Girls the Musical; The Constant Wife (Lyric & UK tour). In the West End: Queers, One Voice: Monologues (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s); The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy (Comedy Theatre); Calendar Girls (Noel Coward theatre); Twelfth Night (Playhouse); Plunder (Savoy) Hay Fever (Albery Theatre - Olivier nomination for best comedy performance); Private Lives (Aldwych Theatre - Olivier Award for best supporting actress, Critics Circle most promising newcomer Award and Variety Club best actress award); The City Madam (RSC).


Television credits include: Midsomer Murders (ITV); Eastenders (BBC); Skins (Channel 4); Big Meg in Big Meg/Little Meg (ITV); Born and Bred (BBC); The Harry Enfield Show; The Rory Bremner Show; Alas Smith and Jones (BBC) and the Christmas ghost story, Martin’s Close.


Film credits include: Four Weddings & A Funeral; Carry on Columbus; Scarlett (the TV sequel to Gone with the Wind), and Round Ireland with a Fridge.


Books: Sara has written two novels: Campari for Breakfast and Martini Henry, published by Transworld. She has also written for the stage: Siobhan Basset’s Hound of the Baskervilles (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre).
 

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Louis Holand (Ian)
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Gavin Fowler (Harold)

Theatre Credits: Henry V (GSC); All’s Well Ends Well, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Robin Hood (GSC); Dorian Gray (Richmond & Tour); A Christmas Carol, Troilus & Cressida, Salome, The Winter's Tale, The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); King Lear (ATG); First Episode (Jermyn Street); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MGC); The Syndicate, Dr Faustus (Chichester Festival Theatre); Too Much, Pressure (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry)


Television Credits: Colosseum (October Films) Clan of the Cavebear (Fox); Penny Dreadful Season 1 (Showtime); Margot and Mez, and Count Arthur Strong’s, Entertainment Game (Talkback Thames).


Film Credits: Repeat, The Vintage, Delight, and Neville Rumble.

Gavin was a recipient of the Olivier Bursary scheme, previously nominated for an Ian Charleson Award and won Best Actor National Student Drama Festival. He was a member of NYT.
 

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Sarah Twomey (Phyllis)

RADA graduate Sarah Twomey can most recently be seen in Alex Garland’s feature film Men alongside Jessie Buckley, and Netflix’s hugely successful The Sandman series, alongside Tom Sturridge. Her other recent screen credits include her role as Lipstick Linda in the wacky BBC comedy, The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk, for which she received much praise including from Spencer Jones (“Sarah Twomey was a revelation”). Sarah has also appeared in Call the Midwife (BBC), Kate and Koji (Hat Trick) and Nightmares (Eleven Films).


Sarah has also been carving out a successful stage career over the last few years. Most recently she appeared in Stephen Beresford’s brilliant play The Southbury Child at The Bridge Theatre. Prior to this, Sarah has performed with the RSC numerous times in Venice Preserved, The Provoked Wife, A Christmas Carol, and Twelfth Night. Other theatre credits include The Young Chekhov Trilogy (Chichester Festival Theatre, National Theatre), Park Life (Birmingham Rep, Sky Comedy), and Mermaid (Shared Experience).
 

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Narinder Samra (Daker)

Narinder is an award-winning actor best known for his performance in the 2011 feature film Land Gold Women.  The film received numerous nominations and awards on the International Film Festival circuit with Narinder winning Best Actor at the Reelheart International Film Festival, Toronto. The film also won the Best Film in English at the prestigious National Film Awards of India. 


In 2024 had a major role in ITV's 8th series of Grantchester as well as a guest lead appearance in the Acorn TV crime drama London Kills, starring Sharon Small. In 2021, he starred in multiple episodes of Amazon Prime’s epic fantasy drama Wheel of Time, as well as a recurring guest role in BBC medical drama Casualty.  Other roles include Homeland, Shadow and Bone on Netflix, and the BBC’s The Trial of Christine Keeler, and Channel 4’s RTS Award winning Ackley Bridge
 

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Kayleigh Cooper (Parlour Maid)

Kayleigh graduated from The Brighton Academy in 2022 and made her professional debut the same year in Theatre Royal Windsor’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.


Since then, she has choreographed for Goodwood Revival and performed as Belle in Theatre Royal Windsor’s production of A Christmas Carol.


Credits whilst training: Catherine in Pippin, Bombalurina in Cats and Heather in American Idiot.


Kayleigh is thrilled to be working with Theatre Royal Windsor and Bill Kenwright Ltd again in joining the cast of Accolade and would like to thank her agents at CBL Management and her family and friends for their ongoing support and guidance.
 

Emyln Williams (Writer)
Sean Mattias (Director)

Sean Mathias is a British Theatre Director, Film Director and Writer. He has worked at the Royal National Theatre, the West End, the Kennedy Centre, The Mark Taper Forum, Off-Broadway, and many times on Broadway, as well as Paris, Sydney, Cape Town, Johannesburg, San Francisco and extensively in the UK. He has written several plays including the award-winning A Prayer for Wings, and the screenplay for the award-winning BBC film The Lost Language of Cranes.

In 2009/2010 Sean was the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Haymarket and his legendary production of Waiting for Godot played two seasons at the theatre, as well as touring the UK and internationally. In 2013 he directed and co-produced Two Plays in Rep, comprising Beckett’s Godot and Pinter’s No Man’s Land on Broadway at the Cort Theatre. His production of No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, was the highest-grossing play in the history of the Wyndham's Theatre. In 2019 he directed the UK premiere of Martin Sherman's play Gently Down the Stream at the Park Theatre and later that year his production A Prayer for Wings transferred to the Kings Head Theatre from the Swansea Grand. In 2019 he directed Ian McKellen Onstage which toured the UK and played a season at the Pinter Theatre raising a staggering £5m for theatre charities. He also directed the award-winning film Bent.


He has won various awards including The Evening Standard Award, WhatsOnStage Award, Cardiff International Film Festival award, the Critics’ Circle Award, a Fringe First at Edinburgh, and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes. He has been nominated for an Olivier Award and Tony Award.
 

Julie Godfrey (Designer)

Julie has extensive credits for set and costume design in regional, touring and West End theatre.

West End theatre credits include: How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket, directed by Alan Strachan), The Female Odd Couple (Apollo Theatre, directed by Elijah Moshinsky), The Odd Couple (Haymarket Theatre Royal, directed by Harvey Medlinski), One Fine Day (Albery Theatre, directed by Bob Tomson), Icons (Leicester Square Theatre, directed by David Taylor). 

For Bill Kenwright Ltd: The Chalk Garden (UK Tour, directed by Sean Mathias), Catch Me If You Can (UK Tour, directed by Bob Tomson, UK Tour), The Case of the Frightened Lady, A Judgement in Stone and Rehearsal for Murder (UK Tours, all directed by Roy Marsden), Before the Party (UK Tour, directed by Tom Conti), The Last of the Duty Free (UK Tour), On the Piste (national tour and West End), In Two Minds (directed by Bob Tomson), The Perfect Murder, Catch Me If You Can, London Suite, and Canaries Sometimes Sing (all national tours).


Further credits include: Two into One at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Blockbuster, a musical (directed by Paul Nicholas), recent work with director Chris Jordan includes Around the World in 80 Days, One Man Two Governors, The 39 Steps and Return to the Forbidden Planet; Nobody’s Perfect with Stephanie Beecham (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, directed by Andy de la Tour) and Funny About Love (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Why Me (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), Raving Beauties (directed by Bob Tomson), Feed (directed by Kenneth Allen-Taylor) both at the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre, Blues in the Night, Stags & Hens, The Canterbury Tales, Jack & The Beanstalk, On the Piste, Mispah, Sinbad (all at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch) and Grease (UK tour, directed by Bob Tomson).

Additional designs for national tours include: The Kingfisher (with Rosemary Leach), Old World (directed by Christopher Morahan), London Suite, Party Piece and Stepping Out, Nobody’s Fool (directed by Andy de la Tour), About Alice (directed by David Taylor), Neville’s Island, Private Lives, Dames at Sea and By Jeeves (all tours directed by Chris Jordan). Deadly Game (directed by Ian Marr), Moment of Weakness and Safari Party (directed by David Taylor).

Julie’s work ranges from the design for the cold war, political thriller Pack of Lies (a national tour directed by Christopher Monahan) to the design for the tour of Katie and the Mona Lisa (an adaptation of the children’s book) and Murder by Misadventure. She has also designed numerous pantomimes for Greenwich theatre and for Jordan Productions.
 

Nick Richings (Lighting Designer)

Recent work includes: Frank and Percy; Alone Together; The Cherry Orchard (Theatre Royal Windsor); The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour, Paris, Australian Tour); Blood Brothers (UK Tour); Saturday Night Fever (West End & UK Tour); Berlin Berlin; Beauty & The Beast (BB Productions, Germany); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Vienna English Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire); Dirty Dancing (UK Tour); Cruel Intentions (Edinburgh Festival); Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep). 
 
Nick’s West End designs include: La Cage aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre & Broadway, Tony Award nomination Best Lighting, Tony winner of Best Musical); The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum); Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre & Shakespeare’s Globe); The Master Builder; A Man for All Seasons (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Fallen Angels; Sleuth (Apollo Theatre); Simply the Best (Savoy Theatre); The Mystery of Charles Dickens (West End & Broadway); Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre); Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West (Royal Opera House, Lincoln Center, Paris and the O2); Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales), Whistle Down the Wind (Palace Theatre and US tour); Fiddler on the Roof, Scrooge (London Palladium);  
 
UK tours include: Dirty Dancing; Saturday Night Fever; Cilla the Musical; Ghost; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; The Glenn Miller Story; The Sound of Music; Jesus Christ Superstar; Spamalot; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Starlight Express; Spend Spend Spend!; Strictly Come Dancing: the Professionals. 
 
International work includes: Ghost (Moscow, Dubai, Paris); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (New Zealand); Saturday Night Fever; Mary Poppins; The Producers; Beauty and the Beast; Chess (Copenhagen); A Sigh of Love (Shanghai Ballet); The Rocky Horror Show (South Africa, Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand); Grease (International). 
 

David Gregory (Sound Designer)

David trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Sound design credits include: King John (RSC Swan Theatre), Macbeth, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wiltons Music Hall), RSC King John Cinema Broadcast (Everyman Cinemas), Pope (Royal and Derngate Theatre), Rust (Bush Theatre and Assembly Edinburgh), Blue Door (Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath), The Cat In the Hat (Leicester Curve & UK Tour 2019),  Fantasia (Vaults London), Thor and Loki (Roxy Assembly, Edinburgh), Tartuffe (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Selfish Giant (Vaudeville Theatre and Northampton Theatre), George's Marvelous Medicine (Leicester Curve and UK Tour 2018), Burrowers (Watermill Theatre), Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre),Bombay Roxy (Dishoom Restaurant), Cunning Vixen (ENO and Silent Opera), Gabriel (UK Tour), The Grapes of Wrath (Nuffield Theatre), Frankenstein (Wiltons Music Hall), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola Theatre), Terrorism (Bush Theatre), Benighted (Old Red Lion), Stalking Bogeyman, Luce (Southwark Playhouse), The Grand Journey (Bombay Sapphire European Tour), Queens of Syria (Young Vic and UK Tour), Rise (OVNV), Much Ado about Nothing (Selfridges and The Faction), Alice in Wonderland (Watermill Theatre), The First Man (Jermyn Street), Our Friend the Enemy (UK and NYC Tour), Pocket Merchant (Propeller Theatre Company UK Tour), When We Were Woman (Orange Tree Theatre), Where You Live (Finborough Theatre), Old Vic New Voices Writing Festival, Generation of Z Apocalypse (White Chapel Site Specific), Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour), Contact.com (Park 200 Theatre); Pocket Comedy (Propeller Theatre Company); Basement Grotto (Shoreditch Town Hall); Five (NYT Saudi Arabia); But First This (Watermill Theatre); Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse); Private Peaceful, Selfie and Macbeth (Ambassadors Theatre NYT Rep Season 2014).


David won the TTA Award for Sound 2015, was a nominated finalist for Off West End Sound Design 2015, with recent nominations including for Ghost Quartet at the New Boulevard Theatre. David is an associate sound designer at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
 

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