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Casting announced for Catch-22 production at Northern Stage

Philip Arditti, who appeared in House of Saddam on TV, has landed the main role in Northern Stage's spring production of Catch-22

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Philip Arditti, who appeared in House of Saddam on TV, has landed the main role in Northern Stage's spring production of Catch-22.

The actor, who graduated from Rada in 2004 and played Uday Hussein in the TV drama, is to play reluctant US airman John Yossarian in the stage version of Joseph Heller’s darkly comic novel set in the Second World War.

Also due to appear in the production are Daniel Ainsworth, David Webber, Geoff Arnold, Christopher Price, Michael Hodgson, Simon Darwen, Victoria Bewick and Liz Kettle.

“The cast is quite extraordinary,” said American director Rachel Chavkin. “All got Heller’s humour and intelligence and immediately snapped into the line between character and caricature that the script walks. I’m ready to get into a room with them.”

Northern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell said of Catch-22: “It’s the story of a man caught in the belly of the beast, of an individual looking at the system that runs the world around him and recognising it for the lunacy that it is.”

?Catch-22 will run at Northern Stage from April 19 to May 10 before an eight-week national tour.

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