Meet Daniel Lapaine from The Invisible Hand

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Tricycle

Daniel Lapaine plays American banker Nick Bright in the UK Premiere of The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar.

Daniel’s acting credits include The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre, Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic, Zero Dark Thirty and Muriel’s Wedding.

Watch the video to find out about malfunctioning stage, horse-riding in westerns and how a film on his life would look like…

The UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar will be on stage from 12 May – 2 July.
Tickets £12 – £28 | £10 Trike Tickets available. | BOOK NOW


Q&A with Daniel Lapaine of The Invisible Hand

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Tricycle

Daniel Lapaine (The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe; Muriel’s Wedding) is playing American banker Nick Bright in our UK Premiere of The Invisible Hand. We asked him about his favourite moment in the play, the challenges of the role and what audiences should expect from the show…


Daniel Lapaine in The Invisible Hand

Daniel Lapaine during rehearsals of The Invisible Hand. Photo by Mark Douet.

For global financier Nick Bright (the character you play in The Invisible Hand), the rise and fall of currencies, commodities, stocks and shares is the everyday norm. Was it a world you knew much about before you began rehearsals?

I knew nothing about the world of finance before The Invisible Hand. Nothing! I found it boring and a little bit scary at the same time, but since starting rehearsals and delving into the world of banking, I’ve done a complete U-turn. I had no idea how fascinating it actually is and how reflective it is of the world we live in. The market is like a living organism, moving and morphing continuously as the world changes, while at the same time being mysteriously guided by what the American economist Adam Smith called “the invisible hand”, which is where we get the name of the play!

What is your favourite moment and/or line in the play?

One of my favourite moments in the play is when me and my captor Bashir (Parth Thakerar) hear a distant US drone attack on Islamist extremists. Although the play is set inside a cell, suddenly the violence and reality of the outside world becomes vividly real for a terrifying moment.

Your role is particularly demanding in that you’re on stage for most of the play – how do you maintain your energy levels?

I don’t honestly know yet. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. When I first read the play, I thought it was an exploration of big ideas and political and economic concepts and that performing it would be about maintaining the mental stamina of the argument. I wasn’t expecting how incredibly physical the role was and how violent and exhausting the world the characters inhabit is. Now that we are up and running the play, the stage has turned into a boxing ring, where big ideas and complex relationships are slugged out with real sweat and blood and tears. 

In a sentence, what can audiences expect if they come to see this show?

The Invisible Hand is a white-knuckle hostage thriller, which is normally a genre for cinema and one you don’t often see on stage these days. It’s raw, gritty, contemporary and very frightening. We want the audience to be on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end!

The UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar will be on stage from 12 May – 2 July.
Tickets £12 – £28 | £10 Trike Tickets available. | BOOK NOW



The Invisible Hand – the play and the characters

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Tricycle

We asked the cast of The Invisible Hand what the show’s about, what they have in common with their characters. Watch the video to hear their answers…

The UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar will be on stage from 12 May – 2 July.
Tickets £12 – £28 | £10 Trike Tickets available. | BOOK NOW


Video Interview with The Invisible Hand’s Tony Jayawardena

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Tricycle

Tony Jayawardena play’s Imam Saleem in our UK Premiere production of The Invisible Hand. We spoke to Tony about life as an actor, his favourite plays, nightmares coming true and telling lies at auditions…

The UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar will be on stage from 12 May – 2 July.
Tickets £12 – £28 | £10 Trike Tickets available. | BOOK NOW


Full cast announced for UK Premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand

Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Tricycle

Tricycle Theatre presents the UK première of
The Invisible Hand
By Ayad Akhtar

12 May – 2 July

Director: Indhu Rubasingham | Designer: Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer: Oliver Fenwick | Sound Designer: Alexander Caplen

The Invisible Hand castCast: Tony Jayawardena, Sid Sagar and Parth Thakerar, Daniel Lapaine

Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the full cast for the UK première of The Invisible Hand – a political thriller from Ayad Akhtar, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Disgraced which ran at the Bush Theatre in 2013.

Rubasingham directs Tony Jayawardena, Daniel Lapaine, Sid Sagar and Parth Thakerar in the UK première production which opens on 18 May, with previews from 12 May, and runs until 2 July. The Invisible Hand is the final production before the theatre closes until summer 2017 as it undergoes a £5.5 million capital re-development.

American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell within the depths of rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?

Ayad Akhtar’s intense political thriller lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this fast-moving, contemporary play directed by the Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in 25 languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received commissions from Lincoln Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing. The Invisible Hand premièred at the Repertory Theater of St Louis. Other theatre credits include Disgraced (American Theater Company in Chicago; Lincoln Center, New York and Bush Theatre – Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse).

Tony Jayawardena plays Imam Saleem. His theatre credits include Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), The Roaring Girl, The Arden of Faversham, The White Devil, The Empress, Twelfth Night (RSC), Dick Whittington, Love and Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Wind In The Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ Kneehigh), Great Expectations (English Touring Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), London Assurance, All’s Well That Ends Well, England People Very Nice (National Theatre). For television his recent work includes The Windsors, Strike Back, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; and for film, his work includes Towerblock, Trance and A Cat Named Bob.

Daniel Lapaine plays Nick. His theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe), Other Desert Cities, Hedda Gabler (The Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible), The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar), All My Sons (Apollo Theatre), Scenes from the Back of Beyond, F***ing Games (Royal Court), Les Parents Terribles, King Lear (Sydney Theatre Company), Island (Belvoir Street Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare Company). For television his work includes Versailles, Catastrophe, Critical, Vexed, Lewis, Vera, Black Mirror, Identity, Moonshot, Hotel Babylon, Sex, the City and Me, Jane Hall, Good Housekeeping Guide, Golden Hour, Jericho, Death on the Nile, Redcap, Helen of Troy, I Saw You and Tenth Kingdom. Film credits include Dead in Tombstone, Zero Dark Thirty, Gozo, Jack the Giant Killer, Shanghai, Last Chance Harvey, Collusion, Abduction Club, Ritual, Journeyman, Double Jeopardy, Elephant Juice, Brokedown Palace, 54, Say You’ll Be Mine, 1999, Dangerous Beauty, Polish Wedding and Muriel’s Wedding.

Sid Sagar plays Dar. His theatre credits include The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Oresteia, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Treasure (Finborough Theatre), The History Boys (UK tour), True Brits (HighTide/Edinburgh/Bush Theatre) and Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe & English Touring Theatre). His television work includes The Hollow Crown and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; and for film, Karma Magnet.

Parth Thakerar plays Bashir. His theatre credits include King Charles III (UK tour), The Hard Problem (National Theatre), Arcadia (Nottingham Playhouse), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham directs. Her work for the company includes Red Velvet (which transferred to New York and later to the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Season) and Handbagged (winner of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre – also West End and UK tour). Other productions for the Tricycle Theatre include A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Paper Dolls, Women, Power and Politics, Stones in His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation and Starstruck. Other theatre credits include The Motherf**cker with the Hat (Evening Standard Award for Best Play), The Waiting Room (National Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch and Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida), Yellowman and Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), Secret Rapture and The Misanthrope (Minerva, Chichester), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre ), Pure Gold (Soho Theatre), The No Boys Cricket Club and Party Girls (Stratford East), Wuthering Heights (Birmingham REP), Heartbreak House (Watford Palace Theatre), Sugar Dollies, Shakuntala (Gate Theatre), A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios), Rhinoceros (UC Davis, California) and A Doll’s House (Young Vic).


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Blog Takeover: Bred Monologues now available online!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Tricycle

It’s official, Takeover 2016: Paradise is OVER! And what a whirlwind those 11 days were. Over 50 events, 3,000 audience members in the theatre, 160 people attending workshops and talks with 500 young performers and artists making it all happen.

If you’re sad that Takeover is done for another year, why not get involved in Takeover 2017? Email and let us know what interests you!

We had some amazing reviews for the Tricycle Young Company performances of Bred and Switch:


‘An absolute triumph’
A Younger Theatre

‘Laugh-out-loud material’
London Theatre 1


‘Fun and exciting’
Kilburn Times

‘I declare my inaugural immersive theatre experience a success’
London Theatre 1

If you missed Bred, or if you didn’t have time to listen to every monologue as part of the installation, then you can now listen to all the Bred monologues online below. If you would like to know more about the inspiration and process behind Bred, visit the web page here.

Please note that the monologues below may contain some sexual references and may not be suitable for younger listeners.