NEWS: All star cast announced for Liverpool world premiere of ‘Hope’

a brand new stage play written by and starring some of Liverpool’s finest film and television acting talent, will receive its world premiere at the City’s Royal Court Theatre in March 2013. An all-star cast has been revealed for this darkly comic psychological thriller, which sees Mark Womack, who recently starred in the BBC1 drama ‘Good Cop,’ making a rare return to the stage.


Mark Womack’s long list of credits include Ken Loach’s ‘Route Irish,’ as well as ‘Murphy’s Law’ and Martina Cole’s ‘The Runaway’. Starring alongside him is his ‘Hillsborough,’ ‘Liverpool One’ and ‘Merseybeat’ co-star, and the play’s writer, director and producer, Scot Williams, who makes a long awaited return to the Liverpool theatre scene after an 18-year hiatus.

In the intervening years, Williams has notched up a number of hit credits, including the iconic Liverpool films ‘Backbeat’ (1994), ‘Swing’ (1999) and ‘The Crew’ (2009). On television, he has starred in ‘Nice Guy Eddie,’ alongside Ricky Thomlinson, ‘Cape Wrath,’ with David Morrissey and Tom Hardy, and as Father Melia in the Liverpool period drama, ‘Lillies’.

Joining Womack (playing ‘Norm’) and Williams (as ‘Victor’), and taking on the role of ‘Guy,’ is René Zagger, a former regular of ITV’s ‘The Bill.’ René began his television career in the children’s favourite ‘Grange Hill’ and has most recently appeared in Martina Cole’s ‘The Take,’ as King Herod in ‘Rome’ and in ‘Hard Boiled Sweets’ (2012,) in which he co-starred alongside Williams.

But, like the play itself, who will star in the title role of ‘Hope’ remains an intriguing mystery, which according to the producers, is all about preparing the audience to expect the unexpected.

Said Williams: “It’s a proud moment for me to see the World Premiere of my latest play in my home city of Liverpool and also to be able to share the Royal Court stage with two very fine actors, Mark and René. We will be revealing who will star in the title role of Hope in the New Year, but until then my lips are sealed.”

Williams added: “Hope is a dark comedy full of intrigue, mystery and suspense with some engaging and funny sparring between Mark and Rene’s characters in particular. There are familiar music and film references which underpin the story, but the big question posed throughout is ‘who is Hope?’”

Tickets for “Hope” start at £12 (previews £10) and are on sale for a strictly limited run from 6 to 23 March, 2012. Contact the Box Office on: 0870 787 1866 or check online at:


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