Polly Frame to play Kris Kelvin in UK Run of Solaris

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Malthouse Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre announces

Polly Frame to play Kris Kelvin in UK Run of Solaris

  • Polly Frame stars as Kris Kelvin in UK run of Solaris at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith
  • Hugo Weaving plays Gibarian, who features via video in the production as he communicates to protagonist Kris Kelvin
  • On stage cast includes Keegan Joyce as Ray, Jade Ogugua as Sartorius, Fode Simbo as Snow
  • A co-production between The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Malthouse Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Solaris opens The Lyceum’s 2019/20 season on 14 September 2019
  • Based on the classic sci-fi novel by Stanisław Lem, published in 1961 and previously tackled by film giants Andrei Tarkovsky and Steven Soderbergh, David Greig adapts the novel for the major new stage production, which opened in Melbourne in June 2019

Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne returns to collaborate with The Lyceum following the critically acclaimed run of Picnic at Hanging Rock, which had its UK premiere as part of David Greig’s inaugural 2016/17 season

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Malthouse Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre are delighted to announce the actor playing Kris Kelvin in the UK run of David Greig’s adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s Solaris is Polly Frame.

Polly’s most recent roles include After Edward and Edward II, The Globe; Thick as Thieves, Clean Break Theatre; Fringe First winner On the Exhale, China Plate, Traverse Theatre, Oxford Playhouse; Jekyll & Hyde, Rose Kingston & No 1 Tour; A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian, Hull Truck, Dr Frankenstein and Hedda Gabbler, Northern Stage & Tour, and Henry V, Regent’s Park.

The cast further includes internationally celebrated actor, Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Cloud Atlas, The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert), who features via video as Gibarian, the ill-fated doctor whose love and fascination for the mysterious planet Solaris causes his mysterious demise just before Kelvin arrives on board the space station.

The original footage accompanies performances from an international cast, including Jade Ogugua (Twelfth Night, The Lyceum and Bristol Old Vic; How to Act, National Theatre Scotland; The Tempest, Northern Stage & Oxford Playhouse); Keegan Joyce (Rake, Please Like Me, Superman Returns) and Fode Simbo (The Princess and the Hustler, Eclipse Theatre, Bristol Old Vic; Young Marx, Bridge Theatre; Summer of Rockets, Little Women, both BBC).

Speaking of the production, David Greig said: “Writing the adaptation for Solaris was as fascinating as exploring a newly discovered planet. I had no idea Stanisław Lem’s book was so funny, so moving, and such a fascinating philosophical disquisition on the eternal human problem of our relationship with ‘the other’ – whether that other is a person, a planet, a lover or a monster. The premise is simple: there are three scientists on a space station orbiting a great planet, a psychologist arrives to check on their wellbeing, and strange things start to happen – is the planet communicating with them? Or are they imagining it? Is it a god? Or a demon? Or a child?

It’s a huge pleasure to be teaming up with the bold and brilliant Malthouse and Lyric Hammersmith theatres, and I’m delighted to be working with Matthew Lutton again. He’s an incredible director – creative and cool – and it’s been brilliant watching him bring the script to life with our international cast.”

Solaris will open The Lyceum’s 2019/20 season on 12 September 2019, running until 5 October 2019. It will transfer to Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on 10 October 2019, running until 2 November 2019.

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