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Dakota Blue Richards to make stage debut in touring Arcadia revival

Dakota Blue Richards will make her stage debut in Arcadia next year. Photo: Jack Alexander
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Dakota Blue Richards has been cast in English Touring Theatre and Brighton Theatre Royal’s national tour of Arcadia.

The actor – known for roles in TV show Skins and the film adaptation of The Golden Compass – will make her professional stage debut in the Tom Stoppard revival.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the play will open at Brighton Theatre Royal on January 30, with a press night on February 3. The show will then set out on tour until April 18, performing at venues including Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Hall for Cornwall and Oxford Playhouse.

Stoppard commented: “I’m delighted that a new tour of Arcadia, directed by the young, visionary Blanche McIntrye, is to take place next year reaching audiences across the UK. The current challenges for regional theatre in the UK mean that a production of this scale and quality is very rarely toured.”

The play will also star Kirsty Besterman, Robert Cavanah, Tom Greaves, and Nakay Kpaka, alongside Ed MacArthur, Charlie Manton, Flora Montgomery and David Mara. Wilf Scolding, Larrington Walker and Ria Zmitrowitz complete the cast.

The production is designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting design by Johanna Town and sound design by Gregory Clarke.

Earlier this year it was revealed the touring show will be one of the first in the country to benefit from the government’s new theatre tax relief scheme.

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