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A Bush Theatre Production

The debut play from Olivier award-winning actor Rory Kinnear, directed by National Theatre Associate Director Howard Davies

It’s Andy Griffith’s 21st Birthday. Not that he’s counting.

But his mother Carol is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that this has happened before.

A witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined.

British actor Rory Kinnear’s best-known credits include feature films Skyfall and Broken, and for stage Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Man of Mode (National Theatre). He is currently playing Iago in the National Theatre’s production of Othello.
The Herd re-unites Rory with multi-award winning theatre director Howard Davies following The Last of the Haussmans and Burnt By The Sun (National Theatre).

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Louise Brealey

Louise Brealey plays Claire. For theatre her work includes The Trojan Women (Gate Theatre), Birthday, The Stone and Sliding with Suzanne (Royal Court), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre), The Government Inspector (Young Vic), and Uncle Vanya and Little Nell for the Peter Hall Company. Work on television includes Sherlock, The Damnation of Darwin, Father Brown, Hotel Babylon, Mayo and Bleak House; and on film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Reuniting The Rubins.

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Anna Calder-Marshall

Anna Calder Marshall's theatre credits include In the Republic of Happiness, Objections to Sex & Violence, Uncle Vanya (Royal Court), Salt, Root & Roe (Donmar Trafalgar), A Kind of Alaska and Tejas Verdes (Gate), Comfort Me with Apples, Formation Dancers, Dear Janet Rosenberg and While the Sun Shines (Hampstead), Humble Boy (Gielgud), A Lie of the Mind (Donmar), Antigone (Old Vic),The Secret Rapture and The Devil is An Ass (National Theatre), and The Philistines and Too Good to be True (RSC). Her extensive television work includes Stage Door Johnnies, 13 Steps Down, New Tricks, Poirot, Dalziel & Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, The Prince in Love, Lovejoy, Heartbeat, Sherlock Holmes, Witness Against Hitler, Strife, Inspector Morse, Strangers & Brothers, Days, Bloomers, Matilda’s England, Under Western Eyes, Two Days in the Life of Michael Reagan, Colombe, Male of the Species for which she won an Emmy Award; and for film, her work includes Anna Karenina, Zulu Dawn and Madame Curie.

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Kenneth Cranham

Kenneth Cranham plays Brian. Cranham's career spans over thirty years working in film, television and theatre. Theatre credits for the National Theatre include The Novice, School for Scandal, The Cherry Orchard, The UN Inspector, and An Inspector Calls, which transferred to the West End and Broadway, and many credits for the RSC and at the Royal Court. Kenneth has worked extensively in television and is probably best known for Harvey Moon. Other television credits include The Genius of Mozart, Lady Audley's Secret, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Upstairs Downstairs, Midsomer Murders, Forgotten Fallen, Merlin, Mess of the D’Urbervilles, and Rome. For film, his work includes Oliver, Chocolat, Gangster No 1, Born Romantic, The Boxer, Suspension Of Disbelief, Made in Dagenham, Valkyrie, Hot Fuzz and Layer Cake.

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Adrian Rawlins

Adrian Rawlin's theatre credits include The Miser, Her Naked Skin, Tons of Money, A Small Family Business and A View From The Bridge (National Theatre), The Glass Menagerie and Good (Manchester Royal Exchange), Easter (RSC), Hamlet and The Lunatic Queen (Riverside Studios) and Clever Dick (Hampstead Theatre). Extensive television credits include Father Brown, Silent Witness, Prisoners’ Wives, Mrs Biggs, Law and Order, The Old Curiosity Shop, Lewis, Whistleblowers, Inspector Lynley, Dalziel and Pascoe, She’s Out, Tears Before Bedtime and Insiders; for film, credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Miss Potter.

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Amanda Root

Amanda Root's theatre work includes Jumpy (Royal Court and the West End), The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic and Broadway) for which she received a Tony Award nomination, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida), The Plough and the Stars (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and extensive work with the RSC including Love’s Labour’s Lost, Troilus and Cressida, The Seagull, The Man of Mode, The Constant Couple and Macbeth. Television credits include The Forsyte Saga, Mortimer’s Law, Anna Karenina, Law and Order, A Touch of Frost, Foyle’s War, Rose and Maloney, All About Me, Empire, The Robinsons, Fiona’s Story, Love Again and Daniel Deronda. Her work on film includes The Iron Lady, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, Persuasion and Jane Eyre.

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