A daring collaboration between Ukrainian, Russian and British creatives, The White Factory is a heart-wrenching drama that explores the life of Holocaust survivor Yosef Kaufman. Taking place across several decades, the play follows his journey from Poland’s Lodz ghetto in the 1940s to Brooklyn in the 1960s. Theatre doesn’t get more emotive than this exceptional play, which is playing at the Marylebone Theatre until 4 November. Let’s learn more about the talented cast.
Mark Quartley - Yosef Kaufman
Actor and writer Mark Quartley was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre before reading philosophy at university. After finishing his degree he trained at RADA and has since appeared in a range of British television shows. His credits include Hoff the Record and The Ipcress File, while theatre credits include Measure for Measure for the Royal Shakespeare Company and he played a motion-capture Ariel in the RSC’s ground-breaking production of The Tempest.
Adrian Schiller - Chaim Rumkowski
Born in London, Adrian Schiller is a seasoned actor with an illustrious career. He has appeared on stage and on the big and small screens in a variety of roles. His on-screen debut was in 1992 and was followed with appearances in Ghosts (1995), Bugs (1996) and hit sitcom My Family (2000-2011) . He is best known for playing Mr Penge in ITV’s Victoria and Lord Aethelhelm in the Netflix series The Last Kingdom. His film credits include Rasmussen in The Danish Girl (2015) and Monsieur D’arque in Beauty and the Beast (2017). He plays both Chaim Rumkowski and Old Ezekiel in The White Factory.
Pearl Chanda - Rivke Kaufman
Pearl Chanda was born in London and trained at the BRIT School in Croydon. In 2013, she graduated from RADA with a BA in acting. Her stage debut came in the same year, when she played Nina in The Seagull (Headlong). The following year she appeared in Holby City and played Julia in the RSC’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Her screen credits also include Zoe in the British-French production of War of the Worlds and Sheila Shim in See How They Run (2022).
They are joined by James Garnon as SS Wilhelm Koppe, Matthew Spencer as SS Herbert Lange, Olivia Bernstone (Female Ensemble) and Lewis Hart (Male Ensemble).
The White Factory is a powerful and troubling play inspired by real life events. It has a haunting and contemporary resonance which has earned it critical acclaim. Both The Guardian and British Theatre gave it five stars, with the latter calling it ‘bleak and magnificent’. The Financial Times described it as ‘epic, galvanising drama: a rollercoaster of peaceful private moments, sudden casual violence and gathering despair’.
If you’re searching for ‘indoor activities near me’ this winter, don’t miss the chance to see The White Factory. You can book a ticket to the play with KX Tickets and discover this harrowing and poignant production for yourself.