Cast Announced For The UK Premiere Of Ages Of The Moon

Ages Of The Moon. Photo: Michael Wharley
Ages Of The Moon. Photo: Michael Wharley

Joseph Marcell and Christopher Fairbank will star in the UK premiere of Sam Shepard’s Ages Of The Moon

The UK premiere of Sam Shepard’s play Ages Of The Moon, directed by Alexander Lass, will open on Thursday 17 October – Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Vaults Theatre in London’s Waterloo.

Joseph Marcell – best known as iconic British butler Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – and Christopher Fairbank – best known for his role as Moxey’in the iconic British series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – will star as Byron and Ames.

Ages Of The Moon premiered in Dublin in 2009, starring Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, and then transferred to New York the following year, with several subsequent productions in North America and Canada. This new production marks its UK premiere.

Director Alexander Lass told Encore Radio:

Byron and Ames provoke as much as they entertain. Two men in their mid-sixties, suffering literal and metaphorical heartache, they crave to be heard and known. Through their rambling recollections, coarse observations and raunchy humour, we are taken on a journey where fact merges with fiction, beginning with youthful optimism and ending with mournful nostalgia.

I cannot wait to direct this play. I am drawn to the humanity, comedy, universality, and understated showmanship of Sam’s poetic words, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with Joe and Chris, two incredible actors who will bring Ames and Byron vividly to life.

About Ages Of The Moon: 

On a hot summer’s night, deep in the American wilderness, Byron and Ames are reunited by mutual desolation. By the fading light of an eclipsing moon, the pair reflect on love and life over a bottle of whiskey – and as old rivalries flare, their forty-year friendship is put to the test at the barrel of a gun.


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