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Casting announced for new digital comedy Going the Distance

L-R: Sara Crowe, Nicole Evans, Stephen Fry, Shobna Gulati, Sarah Hadland, Merch Husey, Matthew Kelly, Emma McDonald and Penny Ryder.

Full casting has been announced for GOING THE DISTANCE – a new comedy by Henry Filloux-Bennett and Yasmeen Khan, co-produced by the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, The Dukes and The Watermill Theatre.

Sara Crowe stars as ‘Em’, Nicole Evans as ‘Billie’, Shobna Gulati as ‘Vic’, Sarah Hadland as ‘Rae’, Merch Husey as ‘Kem’, Matthew Kelly as ‘Frank’, Emma McDonald as ‘Gail’, and Penny Ryder as ‘Maggie’ with Stephen Fry as the ‘Narrator’.

The launch of GOING THE DISTANCE comes hot on the heels of the huge success of other critically acclaimed digital productions adapted by Filloux-Bennett, including What A Carve Up! in October 2020 and The Picture of Dorian Gray, which The Watermill were partners on in March 2021.

Stephen Fry – who appeared in What a Carve Up! and The Picture of Dorian Gray – said, “Henry Filloux-Bennett and his team managed to find the heart of what theatre and dramatic performance are even in the heart of a tumultuously difficult and uncertain time. It helped so many of us keep the faith in theatre and what it can be.”

Going the Distance is directed by Felicity Montagu, who is best known for her role as ‘Lynn’ in I’m Alan Partridge, as well as numerous stage and screen credits.

She says, “To be directing for the first time is one thing but to be directing a cast of such exciting stature is another. The magic they created had me laughing and crying in equal measures. I think they will cast a spell on whoever watches Going The Distance.”

About Going The Distance

When there’s no light at the end of the tunnel and the chips are down, you can count on Matchborough Community Theatre to fight back…

March 2020. Theatres across the country go dark. Hundreds of cherished arts centres face the prospect of permanent closure. But that isn’t going to stop the Matchborough Community Theatre… as they fight to save their local venue with the genius idea to put on a fundraising production of Wizard* (*inspired by but for rights purposes certainly not based on The Wizard of Oz).

Get ready for a brand new comedy about a little theatre with a huge challenge!

GOING THE DISTANCE is a digital production, available on demand from 4 – 17 October 2021

How to book

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at goingthedistanceplay.com

Bookers will receive a screening link which will allow access for their booked performance date for a 48-hour period.

Tickets are priced at £15 which will include both a link to the production as well as a digital programme.

Audio description and closed captioning will be available.