Romola Garai will star in the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, joining the previously announced Tony winner Rosemary Harris. The Roundabout production, directed by Carey Perloff, will begin performances at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on September 4. Opening night is set for September 30.
Rounding out the cast are Firdous Bamji, Bill Buell, Nick Choksi, Neal Huff, Caroline Lagerfelt, Omar Maskati, Tim McGeever, Brenda Meaney, Philip Mills, Ajay Naidu, Bhavesh Patel, Lee Aaron Rosen and Rajeev Varma.
Garai received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in The Hour and Emma. She has also appeared on screen in I Capture the Castle, Atonement, One Day, Amazing Grace, Vanity Fair, The Hour and the upcoming Suffragette; on stage, she has appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Seagull and King Lear, the West End’s Calico and The Village Bike for the Royal Court.
Bamji appeared previously in the American premiere of Indian Ink at the American Conservatory Theatre; his additional stage credits include the Olivier-winning A Disappearing Number, which he also co-wrote with his fellow cast. Buell’s Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown and 42nd Street. Choksi recently appeared on stage in Bike America and Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812. Huff returns to Roundabout after appearing in The Lion in Winter and The Foreigner. Lagerfelt, known for her role of “CeCe” Rhodes on Gossip Girl, has appeared on Broadway in shows including Lend Me a Tenor, The Real Thing and Small Family Business. Maskati’s stage credits include Disgraced and Modern Terrorism. McGeever’s earlier Roundabout shows include Cyrano De Bergerac and The Common Pursuit. Meaney has appeared in regional productions including Venus in Fur and Owners. Mills’ stage credits include Zorro,and Inga Binga. Naidu has appeared on stage with Theatre de Complicite and in the Public's Little Flower of East Orange. Patel made his Broadway debut in War Horse. Rosen has appeared on Broadway in The Big Knife and The Normal Heart. Varma’s previous New York credits include D’Arranged Marriage, Barriers and One out of Ten.
Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe (Garai) on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor (Harris) tries to preserve the legacy of Flora's controversial career.
A full creative team will be announced at a later date.