Casting is now complete for the Donmar Warehouse's production of Matt Charman's The Machine starring West End fave Hadley Fraser and directed by Josie Rourke. The Machine will have its world premiere at Manchester International Festival July 10 through 21, followed by its U.S. premiere at Park Avenue Armory September 4 through 18.
Fraser will star as chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, Francesca Annis will play Garry’s mother, Clara, and Kenneth Lee will play Doctor Hsu. The cast also includes Lorenzo Allchurch, Antonia Bernath, Cornelius Booth, Nicholas Croucher, Daniel Harries, Rob Lines, David Mumeni, Phil Nichol, John Ramm, Lucille Sharp, Brian Sills and Trevor White.
The Machine is about Garry Kasparov, an international celebrity and the undisputed master of his game, who came to America for freedom and glory. What he didn’t expect to confront was the lifelong dedication of another man, Deep Blue’s wunderkind inventor Doctor Hsu. Both geniuses, they staked their reputations on the tournament.
Fraser is best known for playing Marius and, later, Javert in the West End production of Les Miserables and appeared in Tom Hooper’s feature film version. He also played Raoul in the 25th anniversary concert of Phantom of the Opera. Fraser's other stage credits include The Pajama Game, The Fantasticks and Assassins.
Annis' theater credits include Time and the Conways, Under the Blue Sky, Epitaph for George Dillon and The Vortex. Her film credits include Shifty, Revolver, The Libertine, Milk and The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Lee was recently seen in the musical workshop production of Allegiance in NYC with George Takei and Lea Salonga. His other theater credits include Hamlet and M. Butterfly.
The production features set design by Lucy Osborne, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Ian Dickinson, choreography by Jonathan Watkins and video design by Andrzej Goulding.