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Special Guest Artists and Cast Announced for FORGOTTEN VOICES at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 30 July - 25 August
July 14
1:07 PM2014
By BWW News Desk

Special Guest Artists and Cast Announced for FORGOTTEN VOICES at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 30 July - 25 August
The producers of Forgotten Voices, a play by Malcolm McKay based on the best-selling book Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur, are delighted to announce the cast and special guest artists for the show's run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

The acclaimed stars of stage and screen who will be appearing as guest artists* are:Julian SandsandRobert Vaughn(30 July - 6 August),Christopher Timothy(14 - 18 August),Robert Powell(14 and 15 August),James Fleet(20 - 25 August) andCelia Imrie(20 - 22 August). They join core cast members:Philip Fox, Geoff Leesley, Gerrard McArthur and Wendy Nottingham. *Further guest casting is to be announced.

Taken from the Imperial War Museum's oral testimonies of the veterans of World War One, Forgotten Voices is a series of vivid and deeply moving accounts of battle and its terrible aftermath. These accounts will be recited by the actors, making a poignant tribute for the centenary commemoration of WWI.

Historian and journalist Max Arthur's Forgotten Voices of the Great War was first published in 2002 to great acclaim. In 1972, a team of academics and archivists from the Imperial War Museum recorded interviews with veterans of the First World War from Britain, Germany, America, Australia and Canada. This archive provides a unique account of life during the Great War and the tapes contain the forgotten voices of a generation no longer with us. 30 years later, Max Arthur created a remarkable account of these first-hand stories.

Forgotten Voices will perform at the Grand - Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 30 July to 25 August daily at 1.30pm, with a special commemorative performance at 10.30pm on 4 August, which will end at midnight to mark the outbreak of WWI.

The production will be directed by Malcolm McKay, with original music byNick Bicâtand design byDouglas Heap.

Malcolm McKay's previous theatre plays have included Pistols (Hackney Empire) and Airbase (Arts Theatre). For television, his scripts include NCS Manhunt, the adaptation of Gormenghast, and the award-winning A Wanted Man trilogy. His directing credits includeThomas Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Globe Theatre), the television films Cruel Train (which he adapted from the Zola novel), Traitors and Wedded, and the television plays Redemption and Maria's Child, for both of which he also wrote the screenplays.

Nick Bicâthas written over 150 scores and soundtracks for film, television and theatre. Twice nominated for a BAFTA, his film and television scores include A Christmas Carol (George C Scott), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Antony Andrews/Sir Ian McKellen/Jane Seymour), Wetherby (by SirDavid Hare), and The Reflecting Skin (byPhilip Ridley), The Irish RM, Holding On and Births Marriages & Deaths. He has composed for theRoyal Shakespeare Company(The Greeks) and the National Theatre (Plenty, Pravda, King Lear), written eleven musicals and an opera, The Knife, with SirDavid Hare(best musical score, 1989 New York Drama Desk Awards).

Forgotten Voices will be produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Nick Brooke Limited and the Pleasance Theatre Trust.

FORGOTTEN VOICES30 July to 25 August 2014
Julian SandsandRobert Vaughnappear 30th July - 6th August
Christopher Timothyappears 14th - 18th August
Robert Powellappears 14th & 15th August
James Fleetappears 20th - 25th August
Celia Imrieappears 20th - 22nd August*Further guest casting to be announced.
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The Grand - Pleasance Courtyard60 PleasanceEdinburgh EH8 9TJ
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Performances: Daily at 1.30pm, excluding Tuesdays. Extra 10.30pm commemorative performance on Monday 4 August

Running Time: 90 minutes

Tickets: 30 July to 1 August - all tickets £8.00; Mondays (except 4 August) Full Price - £11.50, Concessions - £10.00; Wednesdays & Thursdays & Monday 4 August Full Price - £12.50, Concessions - £11.50; Fridays (except 1 August) to Sundays Full Price - £14.50, Concessions - £13.50. £1 booking fee in addition on all ticket prices.

Box Office: 020 7609 1800 / 0131 556 6550



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