The full cast has been announced for Richard Bean’s The Heretic at the Royal Court Theatre from 4 February, with a cast including James Fleet, Johnny Flynn, Adrian Hood, Juliet Stevenson, Leah Whitaker and Lydia Wilson.

Richard Bean’s new black comedy tackles the divisive issue of climate change, questioning what we think we know and whether the science really is settled.

“I’m a scientist. I don’t “believe” in anything.”

The study of climate science is the cool degree at the university where Dr Diane Cassell is a lead academic in Earth Sciences.

At odds with the orthodoxy over man-made climate change, she finds herself increasingly vilified and is forced to ask if the issue is political as well as personal. Could the belief in anthropogenic global warming be the most attractive religion of the 21st century?

James Fleet plays Professor Kevin Maloney. His credits include The Observer at the National Theatre, Twelfth Night at the RSC and Cloud Nine at the Almeida. On screen, his credits include Little Dorrit, The Vicar of Dibley and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Johnny Flynn plays Ben Shotter. His theatre credits include touring with the Propeller project. On film, he has appeared in Lotus Eaters and Crusade in Jeans. A singer/songwriter, who has had much recent success on the folk scene. His most recent album Been Listening has just been released.

Adrian Hood plays Geoff Tordoff. He last appeared at the Royal Court in Richard Bean’s Harvest. His other theatre credits include Richard Bean’s Pub Quiz is Life for Hull Truck, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the National Theatre and in the West End and has worked extensively with Hull Truck. His television credits include All the Quiet on the Preston Front.

Juliet Stevenson plays Dr Diane Cassell. Her credits at the Royal Court include Alice Trilogy, The Country, Death and the Maiden for which she won the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award and Other Worlds. Previously her theatre credits include Duet for One at the Almeida, The Seagull at the National, Burn This at Hampstead and in the West End.  On film she appeared in And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Being Julia, Bend it Like Beckham and in Truly, Madly, Deeply for which she won the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress.

Leah Whitaker plays Catherine Tickell. She last appeared at the Royal Court in Richard Bean’s Harvest and Ignition 2. Her previous credits include Counted for Look Left Look Right and Sky Scraper for Old Vic and Public Theater New York.

Lydia Wilson plays Phoebe. Her credits include Blasted at the Lyric Hammersmith, Pains of Youth at the National Theatre and House of Special Purpose at Chichester Festival Theatre. On television, she appeared in Any Human Heart.

Richard Bean’s last play at the Royal Court was Harvest in 2005. His previous plays at the Royal Court include Toast, Honeymoon Suite and Under the Whaleback. His recent work elsewhere includes The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith, England People Very Nice at the National Theatre, The English Game on tour and In the Club at Hampstead Theatre.

Jeremy Herrin is Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court, where he is currently directing EV Crowe’s Kin. His previous productions have include Anya Reiss’s Spur of the Moment, Bola Agbaje’s Off the Endz, Michael Wynne’s The Priory, Polly Stenham’s plays Tusk Tusk and That Face, as well as the UK premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour. He was formerly an Associate Director at Live Theatre Newcastle, where he specialised in directing new writing. His other credits include Marble (Abbey, Dublin), The Family Reunion (Donmar), Statement of Regret (NT), and the South African premiere of David Harrower’s Blackbird.

The production is designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Emma Laxton.

The Heretic is in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 4 February – 19 March. Tickets £10 - £28 available online at or from the Box Office 0207 565 5000

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 
Royal Court Theatre 
Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday matinees 2.30pm (from 17 February)
Saturday matinees 2.30pm (from 12 February)
Press night Thursday 10 February, 7pm

Post-show Talk Tuesday 1 March
Captioned Performance Wednesday 23 February 7.30pm
Audio described performance Saturday 19 March 2.30pm


£28, £20, £12
Mondays all seats £10
Concessions £5 off top two prices* (avail. in advance for all performances until 12 February inclusive and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)
25s and under £8*
School and HE Groups of 8+ 50% off top two prices (avail. Tuesday–Friday)
Groups of 6+ £5 off top price (avail. Tuesday–Friday)
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

* ID required, not bookable online. All discounts are subject to availability.

James Fleet               Professor Kevin Maloney
Johnny Flynn             Johnny Flynn
Adrian Hood              Geoff Tordoff
Juliet Stevenson        Dr Diane Cassell
Leah Whitaker           Catherine Tickell
Lydia Wilson              Phoebe

Creative Team:
Director                    Jeremy Herrin
Designer                   Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer       Paul Pyant
Sound Designer         Emma Laxton

West End, Wyndham’s Theatre
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (28 Jan – 7 May)

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Royal Court
Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS
Box Office 020 7565 5000

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