Cast announced for The Climbers
Mon 9 May 2022

Cast announced for The Climbers

A World Premiere here at Theatre by the Lake!

“In the death zone, your body starts eating itself. Time and space disappear. It’s impossible to remember what happens up there.”

Casting has been announced for the World premiere of Carmen Nasr’s gripping new thriller, The Climbers, which opens at Theatre by the Lake this June.

Featuring Manish Gandhi (Alleljujah! – Bridge Theatre, Now We Are Here – Young Vic), Shenagh Govan (When The Long Trick’s Over – High Tide / New Wolsey, One Under – Graeae), Marc Graham (A Very Expensive Poison – Old Vic, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything – Paines Plough / Bush Theatre) Amelia Isaac Jones (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart – Royal Exchange Theatre), Claire Lams (Candida – Orange Tree Theatre, The Phlebotomist – Hampstead Theatre) and Louise Mai Newberry (Romeo and Juliet – Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, Plenty – Chichester Festival Theatre), The Climbers is directed by Guy Jones (Literary Associate – Orange Tree Theatre, Creative Associate – Headlong, Associate Artist – Company Three).

When Yasmin and Sherpa Tshering return from a perilous expedition to Everest without a member of their party, a lot of people have a lot of questions.  Where is Yasmin’s husband Charlie? What happened on the mountain? Why do Yasmin and Tshering’s accounts differ so drastically? Private investigator Connie tries to distinguish hallucination from reality and delusion from fact; someone, somewhere, is not telling the truth.

Receiving its World premiere in the adventure capital of England and reputed birthplace of the British rock-climbing movement, The Climbers is a mesmerising and thrilling exploration of the lure of the mountains, the drive to conquer and the price of staying alive.

Carmen Nasr is a British-Lebanese writer and winner of Channel 4 Playwrights’ scheme. She has been a member of the Orange Tree’s talent development programme (the Writers Collective), the Royal Court’s Writers’ Group, and is playwright in residence at the Finborough Theatre.

Guy Jones says, “The Climbers is part ghost story, part love story, set at an altitude where life hangs by a thread. It’s about the extremes of human endeavour and filled with a cast of intriguing characters. Carmen is one of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights, and I’m thrilled to be bringing her story to life amongst these hills I’ve been climbing since childhood.”

Theatre by the Lake Artistic Director, Liz Stevenson, says, “I’m proud that Theatre by the Lake is producing the World premiere of The Climbers, maintaining our commitment to new writing and telling stories that have a connection to our unique landscape and local communities.”

Coming to Theatre by the Lake from Fri 17 June – Sat 16 July 2022

Post Show Discussion – Fri 8 July

Audio Described performance – Mon 4 July

Captioned performance – Wed 6 July

Relaxed performance – Sat 9 July

BSL interpreted performance – Wed 13 July

Guaranteed Socially Distanced performance – Thu 14 July

Contains strong language

Tickets start from £10 at Theatre by the Lake and are already on sale. Find out more and book tickets for TBTL’s run here.


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