Switzerland – Cast and Creatives

Karen Ascoe  (Patricia Highsmith) 

Karen played Elsie Bruno in Strangers on a Train at ETF in 2014 and is delighted to be back now as Patricia Highsmith herself! During lockdown Karen has been filming comedy web series, Housebound and voicing characters in three major video games, all to be released in 2021.

Karen trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her recent theatre credits include: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Lowry, Manchester and No.1 tour); Single Spies, Sense and Sensibility (TBTL); Rabbits (Park Theatre); Shakespeare in the Abbey (Globe Theatre at Westminster Abbey); Down and Out in Paris and London (New Diorama); Prospera in The Tempest (PSF); Artefacts (Bush Theatre, Off Broadway); Footloose (UK Tour); Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens); The Years Between, Adam Bede (Orange Tree); The Letter (Wyndham’s Theatre); Anna Karenina, After Mrs. Rochester (Shared Experience – London and International tours); Ivanov, Much Ado About Nothing (Strand Theatre); A Shayna Maidel (Ambassadors Theatre); Jackie in Jackie, the Musical (Gardyne Theatre); Season’s Greetings (Theatre Royal Bath); Perfect Days, Extremities (Derby Playhouse).

Television includes: Sex Pistols v Bill Grundy, Coronation Street, Drifters, My Mad Fat Diary, Cuckoo, W1A, Emmerdale, Peep Show, The Taking of Prince Harry, EastEnders, The Armando Iannucci Shows. Film includes: A Brixton Tale, Paper Mask, Loaf and Daisy. Radio includes: Madam, Will You Talk?, Tartuffe, The Tempest.

Daniel Burke (Edward Ridgeway) 

Daniel trained at Oxford School of Drama. Theatre credits include: Imperium Part I: Conspirator (RSC & Gielgud Theatre); Imperium Part II: Dictator (RSC & Gielgud Theatre); Troilus and Cressida (RSC); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre); Richard III (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre); If and When (Soho Theatre); Bang Bang! (Northcott Exeter/ UK Tour). 

Television includes: The Witcher (Netflix) 

Tom Littler (Director)

Tom is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, the smallest producing theatre in London’s West End. Previously at the English Theatre of Frankfurt he directed Jekyll and Hyde, Strangers on a Train, Other Desert Cities, The Glass Menagerie, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Cabaret (also at Deutsches Theater Munich). 

He has directed work for theatres across the UK and Europe, including Dear Uncle and Single Spies (Theatre by the Lake / York Theatre Royal); Good Grief (UK Tour and Theatre Royal Bath); the world premieres of Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre); Dances of Death (Gate Theatre); Miss Julie and Creditors (Theatre by the Lake / Jermyn Street Theatre); Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Guildford Shakespeare Company); As You Like It (Creation); Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure (Cambridge Arts Theatre); The Tempest (Jermyn Street Theatre) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Guildford Shakespeare Company and Jermyn Street Theatre); Absurd Person Singular (Mill at Sonning and UK touring productions); Dear Liar (Vienna); Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night (West End / Jermyn Street Theatre); Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre) and A Little Night Music (Budapest / Menier Chocolate Factory); Pictures of Dorian Gray (Stephen Joseph Theatre / Jermyn Street Theatre / Creation); the world premiere of Shiverman and European premiere of Madagascar (Theatre503); and many productions for Jermyn Street Theatre including all nine parts of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30. 

Tom also teaches English Literature at the University of Cambridge. He was Artistic Director of Primavera from 2006–2016, Associate Director of Theatre503 from 2012—2016, and Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company from 2007—2009. Also as an associate director, he worked on four productions with Trevor Nunn. He worked widely in the West End and regionally as an assistant director. His work has received numerous Critics‘ Choice Awards, and he has been nominated as Best Director in the OffWestEnd Awards eight times.

Neil Irish  (Set and Costume Designer)

Neil trained in Birmingham and later at The Slade School of Art.  University College London. Recent projects include Cenerentola (Opera Holland Park London & Danish Opera). Don Giovanni  (OHP London);  Betrayal (Derby Theatres); A Tale of Two Cities. (Chung Ying Hong Kong & Edinburgh Festival); Rock Opera Tommy (UK Tour);  Look Back In Anger (Derby Theatres); Carmen (New Zealand Opera); Rodelinda (Opera Theatre Company Dublin);  I’ll Trittico (OHP London); Marriage of Figaro (English Touring Opera); One Man Two Governors (Derby Theatres & London); The Tempest (Jermyn Street Theatre London); Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Alls Well That Ends Well (all for Guildford Shakespeare Company) and Christmas Carol (Derby Theatres). 

Future projects include: Treasure Island (Derby Theatres); A Tale Of Two Cities (China Tour, Hong Kong);  Jack And The Beanstalk (Pantomime, lpswich); Bartlbey (Hong Kong);  She Stoops To Conquer and As You Like It  (Guildford).  Neil has also worked for both Set and Costume Departments  BBC TV. 

Richard G. Jones  (Lighting Designer)

Richard is delighted to be back making theatre again in this wonderful theatre. He has previously lit The Children, Cabaret,  Jekyll & Hyde, Other Desert Cities, The Collector, Venus in Fur, Good People and Breaking the Code for The English Theatre Frankfurt. Richard lit the actor musician Broadway Production of Sweeney Todd at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, for which he was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award and won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. He was nominated for a TMA Theatre Award for best lighting design for The Railway Children staged at the National Railway Museum York and a DORA for the Toronto production. 

Richard’s West End work includes productions of Only Fools and Horses the Musical,  Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, The Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel, Carmen,  When Pigs Fly, Steptoe and Son, Horrid Henry Live and Horrid, Female Parts, Behud, The Complete World of Sport (abridged), The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) {revised}, as well as The Railway Children at the Kings Cross Theatre. UK National tours include The League of Gentlemen-Live Again, Early Doors,  Supervet-Welcome to my world,  Sister Act, Calamity Jane, Son of A Preacher Man,  Fiddler on the Roof, Strictly Confidential, Beautiful Thing, Wuthering Heights, Rasputin, Candide, The Hot Mikado, Canterbury Tales, Spongebob Squarepants the Sponge that could Fly, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank.  

Richard has recently lit the the Pilot Theatre Company tour of Chrongton Knights. Richard is currently working on designs for Jack and the Beanstalk (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich), Celebrating Christmas with the Salvation Army 2020  (The Royal Albert Hall London) and Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour 2021 (Phil McIntyre Entertainment and Stage Entertainment).

Max Pappenheim (Composition and Sound Designer)

Theatre credits include:  Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie, Strangers on a Train (The English Theatre Frankfurt); The Night of the Iguana (Noel Coward Theatre); The Way of the World (Donmar); The Children (Royal Court/Broadway); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre); Crooked Dances (RSC); Dry Powder, Sex with Strangers, Labyrinth (Hampstead); Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne, Berlin/Royal Court); One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse); Hogarth’s Progress (Rose, Kingston); The Ridiculous Darkness (Gate); Amsterdam, Humble Boy, Blue/Heart, The Distance (Orange Tree, Richmond); Beckett Triple Bill (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Gaul (Hull Truck); Cookies (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Jane Wenham (Out of Joint); Waiting for Godot (Sheffield Crucible); My Eyes Went Dark (Traverse & 59E59, New York); A Kettle of Fish (Yard); CommonWealth (Almeida); Creve Coeur (Print Room); Cuzco, Wink (Theatre503); The Cardinal, Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse); Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios); Martine, Black Jesus, Somersaults (Finborough); My Cousin Rachel, The Habit of Art, Monogamy, Teddy, Toast, Fabric, Invincible (National Tours); The Talented Mr Ripley (The Faction).

Opera creditsinclude: Miranda (Opéra Comique, Paris);  Scraww (Trebah Gardens); Vixen (Vaults/International Tour); Carmen: Remastered (ROH/Barbican). Dance credit: While You are Here (DanceEast/The Place). Radio credit: Home Front (BBC Radio 4). Associate Artist of The Faction and Silent Opera.

Marc Frankum CDG  (Casting Director)

Marc originally trained as an actor at Drama Centre London before moving into casting. For the English Theatre Frankfurt, Marc has cast Sweeney Todd, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Children, Apologia, Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, Hand to God, Pygmalion, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Handbagged, Spamalot, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Glass Menagerie, Disgraced, Death and the Maiden, Other Desert Cities, Ghost, The Musical and Strangers on a Train.


Marc has also cast The History Boys (Grand Theatre Wolverhampton); God of Chaos, The Kneebone Cadillac (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Cinderella, Aladdin (Theatre Royal Norwich); Moll Flanders, Pieces of String, Much Ado About Nothing, Clybourne Park, Noises Off, Macbeth (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Dracula (Touring Consortium Theatre Company); The Full Monty 2018/19 & 2016/17 (UK Tour); Tonight at 8.30 (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Band (UK Tour); I Capture the Castle (Palace Theatre Watford/Bolton Octagon); Out Of Order (UK Tour); Hand to God (West End); The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank/Shakespeare’s Globe); Barbarians (Tooting Arts Club); When Blair had Bush and Bunga (Pleasance One); Dial M for Murder (UK Tour); The Duck House (West End); Goodnight Mister Tom (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre/The Children’s Touring Partnership); Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse); The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary Tour), The Woman In Black (West End); An Inspector Calls (UK Tour); Mother Adam (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse); End of the Rainbow (UK Tour); Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre); Calendar Girls (UK Tour); Far Away (Bristol Old Vic) and The History Boys (Theatre Royal Bath/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and was casting associate on Big, the Musical (Plymouth/Dublin); Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Bodyguard (West End) and Elf, The Musical (West End/Plymouth/Dublin/Manchester) and casting consultant on Love on the Links (Salisbury Playhouse); The Dark Room (Theatre 503); Chinese Whispers (Greenwich Theatre).


Marc has worked alongside fellow Casting Director Sarah Bird on series 6 of Hustle, the BBC One Wales series Crash and various theatre productions.