THE PAIN AND THE ITCH by Bruce Norris Direction Dominic Cooke 14

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					                    THE PAIN AND THE ITCH
                    by Bruce Norris
                    Direction Dominic Cooke
                    14 June – 21 July 2007
                    Press Night Thu 21 June
                    Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

The Pain and The Itch by Bruce Norris, the first play to be directed by the
Royal Court’s new Artistic Director Dominic Cooke since his appointment,
will open in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs on Thursday 21 June (with
previews from 14 June). The production will be designed by Robert Innes
Hopkins, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Paul Arditti.

The confirmed cast so far includes Amanda Boxer, Abdi Gouhad, Matthew
MacFadyen, Andrea Riseborough. Sara Stewart and Peter Sullivan. Further
cast to be announced.

A cosy family Thanksgiving dinner for six. Someone - or something - is leaving bite marks in the
avocados. Clay and Kelly’s daughter Kayla has an itch and Carol can’t remember who played Gandhi.

In his first UK production, American writer Bruce Norris takes a withering look at phoney liberal
values in this hilarious social satire.

The Pain and The Itch will be Matthew MacFadyen’s first appearance in the Jerwood
Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court, although he featured in the ‘Look Back: 50 Readings’
season in Spring 2006, playing alongside Ben Whishaw in Christopher Hampton’s Total
Eclipse. Matthew’s other stage credits include Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Battle Royal (both NT),
Much Ado About Nothing (Cheek by Jowl) and A School for Scandal (RSC). He starred as Tom in
three series of Spooks (BBC TV), and played Mr Darcy to Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennett
in the recent film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (dir. Joe Wright).

Andrea Riseborough most recently appeared on stage in Miss Julie and Measure for
Measure (Peter Hall Company), for which she was awarded the 2006 Ian Charleson Award.
Her other stage appearances include Burn/Citizenship/Chatroom (NT) and A Brief History of
Helen of Troy (Soho Theatre). Her television credits include Party Animals (BBC TV) and A
Very Social Secretary (Channel 4), while her most recent project is a role in Mike Leigh’s next,
untitled, film.

Dominic Cooke took up his post as Artistic Director of the Royal Court in January 2007.
Before that, as Associate Director at the RSC, he directed Pericles, A Winter’s Tale, The
Crucible (winner of two Olivier awards, for Best Revival and Best Director) and The
Malcontent. Dominic’s credits as Associate Director at the Royal Court include Identical
Twins, This Is A Chair (co-directed with Ian Rickson), The People Are Friendly, Plasticine, F***ing
Games, Redundant, Spinning Into Butter, Fireface and Other People. The Pain and The Itch is the
first production Dominic will direct as Artistic Director of the Royal Court.

Bruce Norris is a playwright and actor. He has an ongoing collaboration with the
Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where several of his plays – The Pain and the Itch,
We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Infidel, The Unmentionables and Purple Heart – were
commissioned and produced. As an actor, Norris has appeared on the Steppenwolf stage in
Closer, as well as on screen in films including School of Rock and The Sixth Sense. The Pain and
the Itch premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2006 before a sold-out run off-
Broadway at Playwright’s Horizon.

The Pain and The Itch is supported by the Royal Court Theatre’s Production Syndicate.

For more information, please contact Stephen Pidcock in the Royal Court Press Office: or 020 7565 5063.

by Bruce Norris
Direction Dominic Cooke
Cast includes: Matthew MacFadyen

Designed by Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting by Hugh Vanstone
Sound by Paul Arditti

14 June – 21 July
Mon-Sat 7.30pm
Sat 3.30pm (from 23 June)
Press night Thu 21 June, 7pm

Post-show talk Thu 28 June
terpreted perf Thu 12 July
Captioned perf Thu 19 July

Tickets £25, £15, £10
Mondays all seats £10
Education mat £7.50 students
Concessions £10*
500 tickets £5 for 25s and under*
*ID required, not bookable online. Subject to availability.
020 7565 5000
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1
Nearest tube: Sloane Square
National rail: Victoria

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