More cast announced for Brave New World: we have the 'savages'

More cast announced for Brave New World: we have the 'savages'

17 July 2015

by Terri Paddock

As casting continues, we're excited to announce three more fearless actors who have joined Sophie Ward in Touring Consortium's forthcoming Brave New World, which premieres at Royal & Derngate, Northampto, in September: Scott Karim, Abigail McKern and William Postlethwaite...

The Touring Consortium staging of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is populating quickly. After last week's announcement that Sophie Ward will take the role of Margaret Mond (the male character Mustapha Mond in the original novel), three more key roles have been filled. 

Scott Karim, Abigail McKern and William Postlethwaite
Scott Karim, Abigail McKern and William Postlethwaite

William Postlethwaite will play John 'the Savage', with Abigail McKern playing John's mother Linda. John and Linda experience future-shock when they are 'rescued' from a savage island Reservation and brought back to the modern World State society.

Scott Karim has been cast as Helmholtz Watson, the handsome Alpha-Plus lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, whose views are changed after meeting John and Linda.

William Postlethwaite (son of the late actor, Pete Postlethwaite) has recently been seen onstage in The Mother and King Lear at the Theatre Royal Bath, as well as Collaborators at the National and Longing at Hampstead Theatre.

Abigail McKern has previously worked with Brave New World director and Royal & Derngate artistic director James Dacre on A Tale of Two Cities and Bus Stop. Her many other stage credits include: Shakespeare in Love, Nicholas Nickleby, La Cage aux Folles, Death of a Salesman, Suddenly Last Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Magistrate in the West End; and As You Like It, for which she won an Olivier Award. On television, she appeared for three series of Rumpole of the Bailey with her late father, Leo McKern.

Scott Karim is currently appearing in the world premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Invisible at London's Bush Theatre. His other recent credits include The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe; Dara, Othello and Great Britain at the National Theatre.

Further casting for Brave New World will be announced shortly.


Brave New World premieres at Royal and Derngate, Northampton, where it runs from 4 to 26 September 2015. It then tours to Edinburgh, Blackpool, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Bradford where it concludes on 5 December.