Acute Theatre Limited and Dann Moss in association with Park Theatre presents
The Trial Of Jane Fonda
Anne Archer was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role opposite Michael Douglas in Adrian Lyne’s thriller Fatal Attraction. Other key roles include her Golden Globe-winning performance in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts and for playing Harrison Ford’s beleaguered wife in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.
She made her West End debut as ‘Mrs Robinson’, receiving rave reviews, in The Graduate; other theatrical credits include A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Off Broadway), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Poison Tree (Mark Taper Forum), and The Vagina Monologues (LA). In 2014 she starred in The Trial of Jane Fonda at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Throughout her motion picture career, she has starred opposite some of Hollywood’s most dynamic and respected leading men, including Gene Hackman in Narrow Margin, Donald Sutherland in Eminent Domain, Sylvester Stallone in Paradise Alley, Tommy Lee Jones In Rules of Engagement and Man of the House and in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Mathew McConaughey, and most recently the feature film Lullaby, with a powerful ensemble cast of Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, Jessica Brown Finley, Jessica Barden, Jennifer Hudson, and Terrance Howard.
Television credits include It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, starring opposite Danny DeVito and Ghost Whisperer on CBS as the mother of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Privileged (The CW) and the Fox Series The Grinder starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.
In 2013 she co-produced her first feature film The Squeeze written and directed by Terry Jastrow.
In 2006 she founded Artists for Human Rights (AFHR), which brings the full force of artistic expression to bear in the human rights arena by working hand-in-hand with effective human rights advocates and leading organizations worldwide to raise awareness and eradicate the most egregious human rights abuses.
Christien began his acting career in 1988 at the age of 17 after winning the coveted role of ‘Hans’ in the motion picture Reunion, directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Jason Robards. For his debut performance Anholt received a Best Actor nomination at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win Best Actor at the E’Febo Doro awards in Sicily in 1990. Harold Pinter, who wrote the screenplay for Reunion, recommended Anholt to playwright Ronald Harwood, who cast him as Leonard/Jeremy Lands in his new play Another Time starring Albert Finney. The play, its cast, including Anholt enjoyed rave reviews and a sell-out run at London’s Wyndham Theatre. Harwood then recommended him to Director Franco Zeffirelli, who cast Anholt as Marcellus alongside Mel Gibson in the motion picture Hamlet. Anholt went on to star opposite Kate Beckinsale, Sam Neill and Judy Davis in Hallmark’s production of One Against The Wind. He then acted alongside Steven Dorff in The Power Of One directed by John G. Avilsden. Steven Spielberg hand picked Anholt to play Clive Owen’s brother, Terry O’Neil, a series lead, in the critically acclaimed Class Of 61; a TV movie/back door pilot. He received electrifying reviews for his portrayal of Gary Warrell in the BBC Screen2’s production of Money For Nothing. A string of television movies and feature films followed including, Seventeen opposite Rachel Wiesz, Mama’s Back playing Joan Collins’ son and BBC’s Hard Times opposite Alan Bates, Bob Peck and Richard E. Grant. He went on to star in The Harpist in which his performance earned him another Best Actor nomination, this time at the Geneva Film Festival in 1997. Preaching To The Perverted, The Ruby Ring (another Hallmark production) and George Milton’s Appetite followed. Anholt then returned to London’s West End in Terrance Rattigan’s In Praise Of Love and was once again cast by Harold Pinter and director David Jones opposite Harold Pinter in Pinter’s thriller, The Hothouse, to rave reviews. In 1999 Anholt was cast as Nigel Bailey, a series lead opposite Tia Carrere, in Relic Hunter which ran for 3 seasons. He then went on to guest star in two episodes of Adventure Inc, alongside Michael Biehn. He then had a cameo in The Conclave, played Higgins, one of the fly boys, alongside James Franco, in the motion picture Flyboys, produced by Dean Devlin and directed by Tony Bill. Following that he starred opposite Thora Birch in Dark Corners, directed by Ray Gower and Ben 10 Race Against Time. More recently Anholt appeared in BBC’s Doctors and the movie short Severed Garden. Anholt has just made his directorial debut at the Tabard Theatre with Simon Stephens’ Wastwater.
Reverend John Clarke
Training: Webber Douglas Academy.
Theatre: Captain Flint in Swallows & Amazons; Steene in A Daughter’s A Daughter (Trafalgar Studios), Barton Russell in Murder On Air (Windsor and UK Tour); Inspector Thomas in The Unexpected Guest (Windsor); Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Theatre By
The Lake); Manningham in Gaslight (TBTL); Dick Barton/Snowy in Dick Barton – Special Agent (TBTL); Vicomte de Nanjac in An Ideal Husband (Theatr Clwyd); Sykes in Oliver and Julian in Communicating Doors (Perth Rep); George Bates in Intent To Murder (Vienna English Theatre); Buckingham/Surrey in Henry VIII (Bridewell Theatre); Lent in Julia Pastrana (Battersea Arts Centre & UK tour); Poseidon/Menaleus in Women of Troy (Orange Tree, Richmond); Gabriel in Lautrec (Shaftesbury Theatre, London); Grantaire in Les Miserables (UK Tour); Jack Carter in Idiot Wind (Old Red Lion); Toby Cartwright in Ways and Means; Henry Gow in Fumed Oak; Bert Bentley in Red Peppers; Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice and Axel Hammond in The Nerd (all at Perth Rep); Mike Connor in High Society (UK Tour); Buddy Holly in Buddy (Victoria Palace and UK Tour); Nine (Royal Festival Hall); Tig in Rain Dogs (Prince of Wales, London); Sunset Boulevard (Sydmonton Festival); Mick in Straight Up (White Bear, Kennington); Season at The Queens’ Theatre, Hornchurch.
Television: I’m Nathan, True Crime (ITV), EastEnders (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV), The Last Enemy (BBC), Hollyoaks Later (C4), Afterlife (ITV), Judge John Deed (BBC), Family Affairs (C5).
Film: Retribution, Shame The Devil, Vendetta, G.B.H, Hooligan Wars, The Warning, Death Defying Acts, Mixed Up.
Born and raised in Canada, Alex trained at Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a 1st Class BA (Hons).
Theatre includes: The Baker in Into the Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange); Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air); Autolycus, Proteus and other roles in Shakespeare’s
Birthday Bash (RSC); Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd (ENO); Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy); Miss Trunchbull in the RSC’s Matilda (Cambridge); Alberto Beddini in Top Hat (Aldwych); Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Ljubljana Festival, Slovenia); Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion, Whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Takeover in a Role); Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde (Savoy, original cast, Olivier Awards and Whatsonstage Awards nominations for Best Actor in a Musical); Galileo in We Will Rock You (original UK tour); Ray Sunshine in Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello); Rusty Charlie and understudy Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse UK tour); Sunday In The Park With George (Wyndham’s); Tom Jenkins in Scrooge (Palladium); Malcolm MacGregor in The Full Monty (original UK tour); Hart in Unity 1918 (Old Vic); understudy Chris in Miss Saigon (Manila and Asian tour); understudy Malcolm, Jerry and Ethan in The Full Monty (Prince Of Wales); Gone (New Ambassadors).
Films include: The Reunion, Powerplay, 90 Seconds, Room 71, Between, Jeffrey, Table For Four, Chlorophyll and Locked Out.
Alex dedicates his performance to his family back in Canada.
Joe Celano II
Paul was last at Park Theatre in his play, The Dead Wait, directed by Joe Harmston.
Theatre includes: Schutzmacher in The Doctor’s Dilemma (NT); Vincentio in The Taming Of The Shrew (RSC); Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (Mermaid), Vorster in I.D. (Almeida),
Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice (Arcola); Gerry Evans in Dancing At Lughnasa (Abbey); The Dead Wait, Arms And The Man, Romeo and Juliet, While The Sun Shines (Royal Exchange); The Merchant Of Venice, Carrington (Chichester), Pride And Prejudice (National Tour), Oleanna (Scarborough), Sweet Like Suga (Centaur, Montreal). Television includes: Daniel Borgoraz in The Honourable Woman; The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil, Smiley’s People, Inspector Lynley, Murder City, Poirot, The Knock, Napoleon And Josephine, Seaton’s Aunt, Dark Secret, Neck. Film includes: My Week With Marilyn, Papadopolous & Sons, Almost Heaven, Cry Freedom, The Book Of Eve, The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission. Writing includes: Almost Heaven (Nashville International Best Feature); Metropolis Kabarett (NT); The Dead Wait (Market, Royal Exchange): Three M.E.N. nominations including Best Actor – won / shortlisted Verity Bargate Award; Sweet Like Suga (London & Montreal), Be Bop The Ruler (Finborough – Time Out nomination). The Dead Wait, The Song Of My Father, Dreaming Up Laura (BBC Radio 4), Where’s The Bull? (Winner London Radio Playwrights).
Ako’s theatre credits include: Captain Meadows in Beyond the Fence (Arts Theatre / Sky Arts); Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse); Misanthropes (Old Vic New Voices), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall); Orin in Little Shop Of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange); Klook in Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre – Off West End Best Actor nomination); Gabriel in
Fences (Duchess Theatre), Mitch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse); Eddie in Sister Act (London Palladium), Mufasa in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Straight Arrow in Dr. Dolittle (UK Tour); God and Jesus in The Mystery Plays (Bath Music Festival); Louisa in Broadway in the Shadows (Luxembourg National Theatre and Arcola).
Ako has appeared in Berlin Station (Television series for Paramount); he played Denis in Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (Syfy - UFO Films). Ako is also the voice of the series Strangest Weather on Earth for Discovery/Weather Channel USA. Ako recently directed and co-wrote the short I’m In the Corner with the Bluebells which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Director at the Mica Film Festival in Brazil.
Tommy Lee Cook
Mark trained at Bretton Hall.
Theatre credits include: Hangmen (Wyndhams Theatre, West End); The Beaux’ Stratagem, A Taste of Honey and Port (National Theatre); Frozen (Park Theatre); Women Laughing (Old Red Lion); Masters are You Mad? and Twelfth Night (Grosvenor Park Open Air
Theatre); Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory); Spider’s Web (UK Tour); On the Middle Day (Old Vic); A Laughing Matter and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre with Out of Joint).
Television credits include: Coronation Street (ITV); Emmerdale (ITV).
Film credits include: Four Walls (Bete Noir Production); The Vintage (Eyeline Entertainment).
Mark is a founder-member of Blueprint Theatre Company.