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Devilishly good: 'lost' John Osborne play set to open

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 17:05 UK time, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

With an Olivier Award-winning actor in the lead role of a recently discovered 'lost' play by John Osborne, National Theatre Wales' third production of 2010 promises to be an exciting affair.

The Devil Inside Him stars Iwan Rheon, who recently won the Olivier Award for best supporting performance in a musical for his role as Moritz in Spring Awakening.

Iwan Rheon in rehearsal for The Devil Inside Him. Photo courtesy National Theatre Wales.

Iwan Rheon in rehearsal for The Devil Inside Him. Photo courtesy of National Theatre Wales.

Other cast members include Jamie Ballard, John Cording, Stephen Elliott, Helen Griffin, Derek Hutchinson, Rachel Lumberg and Catrin Stewart. Elen Bowman will direct the play, which is being staged at the New Theatre in Cardiff from 6 May until 15 May.

The Devil Inside Him predates Osborne's Look Back In Anger by six years, written by the playwright when he was just 18 years old. It was thought lost until it was recently unearthed in the archive of the Lord Chamberlain.

A rehearsal scene from The Devil Inside Him. Courtesy of National Theatre Wales.

A rehearsal scene from The Devil Inside Him. Courtesy of National Theatre Wales.

The play tells the story of Huw Prosser (Rheon), a young poet growing up in a deeply conservative Welsh village. It is set in a boarding house in that village, and sits somewhere between the world of 1950s melodrama and the ground-breaking 'angry young man' writing for which Osborne became famous.

Don't miss this week's Radio Wales Arts Show, in which Nicola Heywood Thomas speaks to Elen Bowman and Iwan Rheon ahead of the opening of the production. And if you go to see the play, let us know what you thought of the performance.

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