Game Of Thrones Alfie Allen; Olivier Award-winning Katie Brayben; and Billions’ Annapurna Sriram have joined the cast of London transfer The Spoils. The comedy, written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, originally debuted last year in The New Group’s off-Broadway production. Kunal Nayyar also starred in the original and is making the move for the limited season at London’s Trafalgar Studios from May 27 to August 13. Eisenberg’s third play is a satirical glimpse of a lost soul searching to assent the reality of his situation. He plays the unlikable Ben who bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back. The Spoils is directed by The New Group’s Artistic Director Scott Elliott. Ambassador Theatre Group and Lisa Matlin are presenting the London production. This is the West End debut for Allen who plays Theon Greyjoy in GoT. Brayben won the 2015 Best Actress in a Musical Olivier for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Sriram was also in the NY version of The Spoils and will next be seen in indie features In Case of Emergency and Adrift.
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The Slow TV phenomenon is speeding up again. This time on a bus. The UK’s BBC Four is gearing up for All Aboard! The Country Bus. The two-hour journey through “one of the most spectacular and beautiful bus routes in Britain” is produced by ITV-owned The Garden. The company also made previous Slow TV-inspired meanders, All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride and All Aboard! The Canal Trip. The Slow TV concept originally started in 2009 in Norway and broke out with NRK’s coverage of such leisure activities as a 134-hour coastal cruise and an eight-hour-plus evening of knitting. The U.S. picked up the baton with Travel Channel airing Slow Road Live in November last year. The Northern Dalesman, as the titular bus is known in the latest BBC Four outing, will travel the Yorkshire Dales from the market town of Richmond in North Yorkshire to Ingleton in the west. Filmed in real time, cameras will capture the road ahead, the passing scenery and the occasional chatter of the regular passengers. The program will also feature captions integrated into the landscape to provide details about the countryside.
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