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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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A technical issue in the cinema

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Tricycle

We’re very sorry to say that due to a technical fault, our cinema screenings for Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March have had to be cancelled.

We are hoping to have the issue resolved by Thursday evening, but please check our social media channels for the latest information.

We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this causes.

If you would like to speak to someone about a refund, please contact our Box Office on 020 7328 1000.


The Mother extends run due to popular demand

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Tricycle

Run extended until 12 March!


With her production of Red Velvet currently running in the West End, our Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham has announced the extension of the highly critically acclaimed UK Première of Florian Zeller’s The Mother, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, now completing its run on 12 March.

Laurence Boswell directs Gina McKee, Richard Clothier, Frances McNamee and William Postlethwaite in the production which opened to rave reviews at the venue earlier this week.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne’s world begins to twist around her. Has her favoured son Nicholas really returned to her? And what of the suspicious actions of her husband? 

The Mother is a compelling and moving production that will leave you questioning the very nature of reality.

Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s critically-acclaimed sell-out run of The Father, for which Kenneth Cranham won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor. The Father recently completed a run at the Wyndham’s Theatre and returns to the West End shortly for a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Tickets for The Mother are selling fast with multiple performances completely sold out, so snap up your tickets fast!


Kenneth ‘The Father’ Cranham honoured by Critics’ Circle!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Tricycle

We’re thoroughly delighted for star of stage and screen Kenneth Cranham, who has been honoured by the Critics’ Circle with the prestigious Best Actor Award.

Kenneth’s recent turn on the Tricycle stage in The Father earned him rave reviews, with the production swiftly transferring to the West End before an impending tour, due to commence this summer.

kenClaire Skinner and Kenneth Cranham in The Father. Photo: Simon Annand

Florian Zeller’s award-winning play saw Kenneth in the role of the eponymous Father, whose world falls apart around him as he succumbs to dementia.

After training at RADA in the 1960s, Kenneth’s career spans theatre (notably roles by Joe Orton, who became a close friend and mentor), television (18 million people tuned in to watch him on long-running series Shine On Harvey Moon), and film (recent hits include Valkyrie alongside Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh, as well as Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg’s much–loved comedy Hot Fuzz).

Receiving the award, Kenneth said “It’s great to have won the Critics’ Circle Award. The last thing I won was in 1968! The Father is coming back to the West End – I’ve done it 171 times, and I will do almost another 100.”

Florian Zeller’s The Mother – a companion piece to The Father – is currently on stage at the Tricycle Theatre.


Our £5.5 million Capital Development Project

Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Tricycle
  • Project supported by Tricycle ambassador Adrian Lester
  • Project will transform auditorium, increasing capacity by more than 50 seats
  • Improved access at heart of project 

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We’re planning an ambitious £5.5 million capital development project to transform our theatre auditorium and front of house spaces, with work scheduled to take place from this summer. Arts Council England has contributed £3.1 million to the scheme with a public campaign to raise additional funds set to be announced in due course.

Indhu Rubasingham – our Artistic Director – said: “This vital upgrade will help us to secure The Tricycle’s future and enable us to realise our ambitious vision by ensuring our venue is truly accessible and open to all. We are hugely excited about this and are deeply grateful to all those who have contributed to date.”

The project will increase the size of the auditorium by approximately 25%, and quadruple the number of permanent wheelchair accessible seats in the auditorium from 2 to 8, reinforcing our commitment to ensuring our programme is fully accessible to all. The new seating will be fully adaptable to allow for various staging configurations including in the round, cabaret and traverse.

The project will also create a new café on Kilburn High Road and greatly improved front of house facilities, enabling our venue to continue to thrive as a cultural hub for local residents and communities from across Brent and Camden. This vital work will form an integral part of the regeneration of Kilburn High Road.

Essential work will also be undertaken to make the entirety of backstage accessible and improve entry and exit points to the stage for the installation of productions.

Tricycle ambassador Adrian Lester has today pledged his support for the campaign. He said: “Under the leadership of Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle has blossomed as a venue in and for the community whilst proving itself as an incredible production powerhouse which rivals any UK theatre venue. I am delighted to be supporting this campaign that will lead to the transformation of the auditorium, with increased capacity, improved sightlines, greater accessibility and a better experience for both audiences and actors alike.”

We’ve commissioned architects ChapmanWaterworth to lead the project. ChapmanWaterworth’s previous projects have included the Rugby Football Union’s new headquarters at Twickenham Stadium, lfracombe Museum Extension and Masterplan and high profile retail developments in Covent Garden and Bond Street in London.

Architect Greg Chapman from ChampanWaterworth said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Tricycle Theatre to create a more accessible and welcoming environment. We recognise the Tricycle operates at the highest level and we are proud to be a part of the team that will ensure their refurbished premises match their future aspirations. We believe that when completed, the changes will help ensure the Tricycle continues to be both an integral part of the local cultural fabric of this vibrant community and London as a whole.”

We plan to start works in the second half of 2016 with completion due in 2017 and will continue to programme work throughout the capital development project.


Tricycle Box Office opening hours during the festive period

Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Tricycle

Seasons greetings from all at the Tricycle! We hope you have a wonderful season…

Below are our box office opening hours over the festive period.

Ben Jones and Alix Dunmore in Ben Hur. Photo: Mark Douet

23 December: 10am – 9pm

24 December: 10am – 3pm

25 December: CLOSED

26 December: CLOSED

27 December: CLOSED

28 December: CLOSED

29 December: 10am – 9pm

30 December: 10am – 9pm

31 December: 10am – 3:30pm

1 January: CLOSED

2 January: 10am – 9pm

3 January: 2pm – 8pm

4 January: 10am – 9pm

Best wishes from the Tricycle team!