Ron Cook in The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios
More Cast Members Announced for the Upcoming Trafalgar Transformed Production Starring James McAvoy
A few months ago it was revealed that 1968 play The Ruling Class would be making its way back to the capital with James McAvoy in the lead role. He is set to re-team with this Macbeth director Jamie Lloyd as he returns to the Trafalgar Studios 1 for the production as part of Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season.
Now more names have been announced for the show. Among them is Ron Cook, taking on the role of Sir Charles Gurney, and he is revealed alongside Kathryn Drysdale, Joshua McGuire, Anthony O’Donnell, Rosy Benjamin, Andrew Bloomer, Michael Cronin, Serena Evans, Paul Leonard, Oliver Lavery, Elliot Levey and Forbes Masson.
Peter Barnes’ play was first seen in the late 1960s and was famously made into a film starring Peter O’Toole in 1972 (the actor earned an Academy Award nomination for the lead role). It focuses on the character of Jack (McAvoy), who becomes embedded in a power struggle as joins the elite of society. He suffers from a mental disorder and so he is not exactly the top choice when it comes to joining this part of life, but his father’s death means that he is granted the title of 14th Earl of Gurnsey and so he must continue the family’s name.
Ron Cook is a familiar face to those picking up theatre tickets and for those that have seen his appearances in numerous films and television programmes. When he appeared in Juno and the Paycock at the Donmar Warehouse (with whom he has appeared in many productions) he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award and he has since appeared in the likes of The Seafarer at the National Theatre and Twelfth Night at the Wyndham’s Theatre. His screen credits include Chocolat, Hot Fuzz and shows like Mr Selfridge and Mrs Biggs.
Trafalgar Studios 1 is currently the home of East Is East (with Not About Heroes playing on the sister stage at Trafalgar Studios 2). It then welcomes The Ruling Class from Tuesday 27th January 2015 (previews from Friday 16th January 2015) to Friday 10th April 2015.