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A Separate Peace

An innovative play reading supporting creatives in the industry during Covid-19 written by Sir Tom Stoppard

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Sam Yates

Produced by

Platform Presents,

Curtain Call and

Apples & Oranges


Jenna Coleman

Jenna is best known for her BAFTA-nominated performance as CLARA in DR WHO and playing the title role in ITV's VICTORIA. Jenna is currently filming a lead role in THE SERPENT for Netflix and the BBC opposite Tahar Rahim and could most recently be seen on stage at The Old Vic in ALL MY SONS alongside Bill Pullman and Sally Field. Other recent credits include playing the lead role of JOANNA in the critically acclaimed mini-series THE CRY for the BBC.  


Denise Gough

Irish actress Denise Gough’s plethora  of work includes Duncan MacMillan’s award-winning play, People Places and Things, which earned her an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Theatre Award for ‘Best Actress’. She also starred in Angels in American at the National Theatre where she won her second Olivier Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ before heading to Broadway with the production and also receiving a Tony Nomination.


David Morrisey

 David’s recent theatre work includes The End Of History at The Royal Court

Julius Caesar at The Bridge. Hangmen at Royal Court and West End.

TV includes Britannia, The Missing, The Singapore Grip, The Deal, The Walking Dead, State Of Play.

Films include The Other Boleyn Girl, Is Anybody There, Basic Instinct 2, Dampyre, and Welcome To The Punch. 


Ed Stoppard

Theatre includes: Leopoldstadt (Wyndham’s Theatre); The Leisure Society (Trafalgar Studios); Arcadia (Duke of York’s); The Glass Menagerie (Apollo); Hamlet (English Touring Theatre); Wit (Vaudeville Theatre); On the Rocks (Hampstead Theatre); Age-Sex-Location (Riverside Studios); Merchant of Venice, The Seagull (Chichester Theatre); If I Should Die (Bermuda Festival); The Road to Ruin, Saint’s Day (Orange Tree Theatre); 


Maggie Service

Theatre credits include: Death of a Salesman (Young Vic) Rules for Living, NT50, Table, An Oak Tree, Collaborators, Earthquakes in London, London Assurance (National Theatre).

Radio credits include: An Accident that Wasn’t Your Fault, Marion & George, Measure for Measure, Book at Bedtime: A Far Cry from Kensington, Long Time Coming, Vincent in Brixton, In and Out of the Kitchen, Collaborators.


Sam Yates

Theatre work includes Incantata (Irish Rep, New York, Gate Theatre, Dublin, and Galway International Arts Festival); The Starry Messenger with Matthew Broderick (Wyndham’s Theatre); The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs and transfer to Main Stage, Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Glengarry Glen Ross with Christian Slater (Playhouse, West End and UK tour); Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield Crucible).

The Play

A Separate Peace (1964), by Tom Stoppard is an enigmatic comedy set in a private nursing home. The smooth running of the home and the peace of mind of its staff is disrupted by the arrival of a patient, John Brown. He is warm, charming and can easily pay for his room ... the only problem is that he is perfectly healthy. All he wants is to get away from the outside world. The play follows the desperate, often comic, attempts of the nursing staff to crack the riddle of Brown’s disarming honesty. However, behind the humour, Stoppard poses a key question about the way our society works: why do we feel so uncomfortable about people who want to do nothing – even when they can afford it? 

The Creative Team

VIDEO DESIGNER: Andrzej Goulding


COSTUME DESIGNER: Amelia Sierevogel





PR:   Kevin Wilson PR

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