Mark Gatiss, Gerard Horan, Rosalie Craig, Pandora Colin, and Fisayo Akinade feature in James Graham’s new play The Vote, which, in a major pioneering first for theatre and television, will be broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse on the night of the general election.
The day is May 7. The time is 8.25pm. The action; the final ninety minutes before the polls close at a typical London polling station. Looking through the eyes of the voter, James Graham’s new play pays homage to the individuals who turn up in Britain’s polling stations every five years to have their say on who runs our country.
Mark Gatiss plays the polling station manager Martin, returning to the Donmar for the first time since his portrayal of Menenius in Coriolanus opposite Tom Hiddleston. Mark’s recent television credits include Channel 4’s Wolf Hall and the role of Peter Mandelson in the political drama Coalition. Recurring roles include Tycho Nestoris in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Mycroft Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock, which Mark also co-created. He will be seen on screen next in BBC’s London Spy and in cinemas in Dad’s Army and Victor Frankenstein.
Gerard Horan leads as Alan, the Tory candidate agent. Gerard could recently be seen in The Christmas Truce for the Royal Shakespeare Company and has just begun filming one of the lead roles in Disney's live-action feature film Beauty and the Beast.
Fisayo Akinade opens the play as Jonathan Marks - too young to vote and forced to wait outside the polling station. Fisayo launched onto our screens earlier this year in Russell T Davies’ Cucumber for Channel 4 and will soon start shooting the lead opposite Glenn Close in Colm McCarthy’s sci-fi feature She Who Brings Gifts.
Pandora Colin plays Rochena Peters who is celebrating her anniversary with Alexandra on the same day. Pandora recently finished shooting the role of Mrs Perry in Nicholas Hytner’s BBC film adaptation of The Lady in the Van alongside Dame Maggie Smith. She will soon be seen in new series The Hollow Crown, directed by Dominic Cooke for the BBC.
Rosalie Craig plays Louisa Robson, a financier who doesn’t quite see eye to eye with her husband. Last year saw Rosalie on our screens in new channel 4 comedy Scrotal Recall before starring in the Olivier-Award winning City of Angels, also for the Donmar Warehouse. Rosalie will soon begin rehearsals for the role of Alice in Rufus Norris’ Wonder.land for the Manchester International Festival.
The Vote, directed by Josie Rourke plays at the Donmar Warehouse until the 7th May. The live broadcast can be seen at 8.25pm on More4 on the closing night.