Tom Sturridge joins the cast of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans

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Tom Sturridge, the British stage and film actor whose credits include Being Julia and On The Road, will make his Broadway debut this spring in Orphans. Film credits include “Being Julia,” “Vanity Fair” and “On the Road,”

Sturridge will star with Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf in Lyle Kessler’s play, directed by Daniel Sullivan and produced by Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole.

This production, which will begin performances on March 19 and open on April 7 2013 at the Schoenfeld Theatre, will mark the first Broadway staging of the play.

In the play, two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, (LaBeouf), supports his damaged younger sibling Philip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip.  One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.

Sturridge’s additional film credits include Tinge Krishnan’s Junkhearts with Eddie Marsan and Romola Garai and Walter Salles’ On The Road with Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortenson and Amy Adams in which he plays Carlo Marx, Kerouac’s alias for Allen Ginsberg. Forthcoming roles include the painter John Millais in Effie, opposite Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson, and he has also recently completed filming on Terrence Malick’s new feature, with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender.

Tom made his theatre debut in Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock which performed at the Lyric Hammersmith in London and at the Manchester Royal Exchange. He subsequently received the Critics’ Circle Best Newcomer Award in recognition of his leading performance, along with Best Newcomer at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. He was also nominated for the Milton Schulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and London Newcomer of the Year at the Whatsonstage Awards. He has since played leading roles at London’s Royal Court Theatre, in Simon Stephens’ play Wastwater and most recently in Polly Stenham’s new play No Quarter.