National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre​



by Ed Thomas




directed by Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas


Royal Court

Jerwood Theatre


24 October - 23 November 2019

Casting has been announced for the National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre co-production of On Bear Ridge by award-winning writer Ed Thomas. Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas will co-direct this semi-autobiographical story about the places we leave behind, the indelible marks they make on us, and the unreliable memories we hold onto. 

The cast will include Rakie Ayola as Noni. She is currently performing Strange Fruit at the Bush Theatre. Previous stage credits include Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  (West End), The Half God of Rainfall (Kiln Theatre) and Leave to Remain (Lyric Hammersmith).  On television she is best known for her long running role as Kyla Tyson in Holby City(BBC). 

Jason Hughes will play The Captain. He returns to the Royal Court where his work has included  Violence and Son, 4:48 Psychosis and A Real Classy Affair. Other recent stage  roles  include The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia (West End) and Our Country’s Good (National Theatre). On television he played Warren in This Life (BBC) and Detective Sergeant Ben Jones in Midsomer Murders (ITV).  Other recent TV credits include Marcella (ITV), Death in Paradise and Three Girls (both BBC).   

Rhys Ifans will play John Daniel. On stage he recently played the title role in Exit the King and caused a sensation in the one-man show of Protest Song (National Theatre). He also played the iconic role of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and also The Fool in King Lear (Old Vic). Rhys’s extensive film work includes Elizabeth (dir. Shekhar Kapur), Greenberg (dir. Noah Baumbach), Nanny McPhee,  Harry Potter, Mr Nice, Anonymous, The Amazing Spider-Man, Enduring Love and of course Richard Curtis' Notting Hill. He won a BAFTA for his performance as Peter Cook in Not Only But Always and will next appear in the new comedy drama film Misbehaviour directed by Philippa Lowethorpe and Matthew Vaughn’s latest film Kingsman: The Great Game.

The cast is completed by Sion Daniel Young as Ifan William.  Sion returns to the Sherman Theatre and Royal Court following Killology.  His credits for National Theatre Wales include The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, Mametz and The Village Social. He played leading roles in War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (both West End) and last year performed in Nightfall (Bridge Theatre).  He will next appear in Jellyfish (National Theatre). His TV roles include Hinterland/Y Gwyll BBC/S4C/Netflix also written by Ed Thomas

“One minute we had customers, the next minute there was no-one.”

In a lost village, blurred by redrawn borders, hidden under a crumb on the map, Bear Ridge Stores still stands.


After a hundred years, the family butchers and grocers – a place for odds and ends, contraband goods, and the last petrol pump for 30 miles – is now silent.

But owners John Daniel and Noni are not leaving.

They are defiantly drinking the remaining whiskey and remembering good times, when everyone was on the same side and the old language shone.

Outside in the dark, a figure is making their way towards them.


The play will run at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff (20 September – 5 October) followed by the Royal Court in London (24 October – 23 November

BOX OFFICE: 020 7565 5000


National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre
by Ed Thomas
Directors Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas
Designer Cai Dyfan
Composer John Hardy
Sound Designer Mike Beer

Running time: TBC

Ages 14+

Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE


First Performance: 20 September 2019
Final Performance: 5 October 2019
Opening Night: 24 September at 7pm


Monday – Saturday 7.30pm

Thursday 3 October and Saturday 5 October at 2pm

029 2064 6900


Standard Tickets £20

Previews: £15 on 20, 21 and 23 September
Concessions: £18
Under 25s Half Price

Audio Described, Touch Tour and BSL: Friday 4 October 7.30pm and Saturday 5 October 2pm
Monday 30 September - Saturday 5 October – All performances Captioned on iPads provided by National Theatre Wales.

Post show talks Thursday 26th September, and matinee of Thursday 3rd October.

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
First Performance: 24 October
Final Performance: 23 November
Opening Night: 28 October at 7pm

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

020 7565 5000

Captioned Performances: Wednesday 6, 13 & 20 November, Friday 22 November 2019

Audio Described Matinee: Saturday 23 November 2019, 2.30pm. Touch tour at 1pm
Relaxed Environment Performance: Saturday 16 November 2019, 2:30pm


The Big Idea: In Conversation with Ed Thomas and Vicky Featherstone Tuesday 5 November post-show


Standard Tickets £12-£49 (

Mondays all seats £12 available from 9am online on the day of performance)

Concessions* £5 off Band A - C seats for previews and matinees
Under 26s
Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability. 

Young Court Friends Tickets Young Court Friends is a free membership scheme for Under 26s. We offer a limited number of £15 tickets for all performances to Young Court Friends, as well as advance access to £12 Mondays in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.