Casting Announcement // Solaris

23 May 2019

Malthouse Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith present the world-premiere of Solaris based on Stanisław Lem’s 1961 soviet science fiction novel of the same name.

Within hours of arriving in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, Dr Kris Kelvin encounters evasive inhabitants, self-isolating scientists and the ghost of a lover who died long ago. Yes. Here, on the other side of the galaxy, Earth’s dead visit.

Above an uninhabitable world possessed by a powerful intelligence, the crew are sleepless and lost. They fight with the nature of the planet below, their mission, their own motivations, and the dark horrors of their past that haunt the space station.

Could the planet itself be to blame?

Tarkovsky and Soderbergh have tackled Stanisław Lem’s classic sci-fi novel on screen. Now, Matthew Lutton directs a script by master Scottish writer David Greig, as Malthouse Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Lyric Hammersmith in London bring this world-premiere thriller to the stage starring Australia and the UK’s most sought-after performers. Harnessing the role of Dr Kris Kelvin, Leeanna Walsman (Wentworth, Safe Harbour) returns to Malthouse Theatre’s Merlyn stage following her successful Malthouse Theatre debut in Melancholia last year. Keegan Joyce (Please Like Me, Rake) joins Malthouse Theatre for his debut role as Ray, Dr Kelvin’s long-lost love, alongside UK’s Fode Simbo and Jade Ogugua as Snow and Sartorius.

Hugo Weaving joins the cast in a cinematic role, bringing to life the video diaries left by Dr Gibarian about the mysterious occurrences on Solaris station.

Matthew Lutton, Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director & Co-CEO and Solaris director said:

I am thrilled to collaborate with an international team of theatremakers, the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and the Lyric Hammersmith to bring Stanisław Lem’s chilling story to the stage. It is an extraordinary story, full of the complexities of encountering different cultures, and a perpetual desire to both change and re-live our past. It is a love story, a horror story, and a thriller, bound together on a space station. I can’t wait to work with this international team to bring it to life on stage.’

Solaris is presented on Malthouse Theatre’s Merlyn Theatre stage from 28 June to 21 July 2019, before travelling to Edinburgh and London.