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Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice

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Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice. Emma’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April with Romeo and Juliet, starring Edward Hogg as Romeo, and Kirsty Bushell as Juliet. Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night opens 18 May and will star Carly Bawden as Maria and George Ikediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat, as Feste.

Edward Hogg will play Romeo. Edward’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes The God of Soho, The Storm, The Tempest and Measure for Measure. Other theatre includes The Rest is Silence (Brighton Festival / Northern Stage / London 2012 Festival), Our Class (National Theatre), Pictures from an Exhibition(Young Vic) and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre/ New York). Film includes White Lightnin’, Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World, Anonymous, Jupiter Ascending, The Program, Kill Your Friends and Bunny and the Bull. His recent television includes Taboo, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (BBC), Harlots (ITV) and Indian Summers (Channel 4).

Juliet will be played by Kirsty Bushell. Her recent theatre includes Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse), Torn (Royal Court), Antigone (Barbican/Tour), I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre), Belongings (Hampstead Theatre/ West End), The White Devil, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (RSC), Edward II, New Views 13, Edgar and Annabel, There is a War (National Theatre) and Angels in America (Headlong). In television, her work includes Silk, Frankie, Silent Witness, True Love, Roger Roger (BBC), Injustice, FM (ITV) and Pornography (Channel 4).

Golda Rosheuvel will take the role of Mercutio. Golda’s recent theatre includes A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicité/National Theatre), Wonder.land, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Electra (Old Vic), The Frontline, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Winter’s Tale, Angels in America (Headlong), Marat/Sade, The Tempest and Julius Caesar (RSC). Her screen credits include Lady Macbeth and EastEnders (BBC). Tybalt will be played by Ricky Champ. Ricky’s recent theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hang of the Gaol, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, Days of Significance (RSC), Bent (Trafalgar Studios) and Cannibals (Manchester Royal Exchange). Film includes Lost in London, Paddington 2, A Royal Night Out and Mortdecai. Television includes Lucky Man (Sky), Tracey Ullman Show (BBC/HBO), Him and Her, Dead Boss (BBC), Game of Thrones (HBO), Harlots and Wendy and Peter (ITV).

Martina Laird plays Lady Capulet. Martina’s recent stage credits include Julius Caesar/ Henry IV/ The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse), Who Cares (Royal Court), The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl(Talawa Theatre Company, National Theatre) and All the Little Things we Crushed(Almeida Theatre). Television includes EastEnders, Missing (BBC), Epiphany, Coronation Street (ITV), London’s Burning and Shameless (Channel 4). Harish Patel will play Friar Lawrence. His recent theatre includes Rafta, Rafta at the National Theatre. Film credits include Lies We Tell, Jadoo, Keith Lemon, All in Good Time, Today’s Special, Run Fat Boy Run and Chicken Tikka Masala.Television includes Billionaire Boy, Mapp and Lucia, The Driver, The Boy in the Dress (BBC), My Freakin’ Family, No.1 Ladies Detective Agency (ABC), Never Mind Nirvana (NBC) and Coronation Street (ITV). Blythe Duff will play the nurse. Best known for her role as DI Jackie Reid in Taggart (ITV), she most recently appeared in The James Plays at the National Theatre and for the UK and International tour.

Beginning 22 AprilRomeo and Juliet will be directed by renowned theatre and opera director, and Artistic Director of the English National Opera, Daniel Kramer. Daniel’s recent credits include Tristan and Isolde (ENO), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera, Opera North), Punch and Judy (Grand Théâtre Geneva, ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award), Bluebeard’s Castle (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre – Golden Mask Award, ENO), Pictures from an Exhibition(Sadler’s Wells and Young Vic), King Kong (Regent Theatre, Australia), Woyzeck(St. Ann’s Warehouse), Bent (Trafalgar Studios, West End) and Hair (Gate Theatre).

The full cast comprises Jac Adu-Sarkodie, Siobhan Athwal, Kirsty Bushell, Ricky Champ, Tim Chipping, Blythe Duff, Keith Gilmore, Edward Hogg, Martina Laird, Jonathan Livingstone, Sian Martin, Harish Patel, Golda Rosheuvel and Gareth Snook.

Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night opens 18 May. Feste will be played by GeorgeIkediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat. Theatre and opera credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air), Imago (Glyndebourne) and Varjak Paw(Royal Opera House). George’s drag act as Le Gateau Chocolat has toured worldwide, including performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Wroclaw in Poland and the Sydney Opera House. He has sung at Wigmore Hall and with Basement Jaxx at the Barbican. Other appearances include I Heart Chocolat at the Royal Albert Hall, Black with the Homotopia Festival at the Soho Theatre, and singing as part of the flotilla for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Carly Bawden will play Maria. Carly’s recent theatre includes the role of Alice in Wonder.land (National Theatre), McQueen (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Assassins, Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Other Love Songs, Tristan & Yseult, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Kneehigh) and My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible). Television includes Close to the Enemy (BBC).

Anita-Joy Uwajeh will play Viola. Her recent theatre credits include Girls and Fury (Soho Theatre). Recent screen credits include Lucky Man (Sky 1) Cut (Channel 4), and Agent 47John Pfumojena will play Sebastian, having most recently appeared in the National Theatre’s Peter Pan. John’s other credits include I Am Thomas (National Theatre of Scotland / Told By an Idiot), Playing Warriors and Workshop Negative (Tangle International).

Joshua Lacey plays Orsino. Joshua’s recent theatre credits include Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe), Wonder.land, Everyman, One Man Two Guvnors, The Magistrate (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Billy Elliot (West End). Film includes Murder on the Orient Express and London Road.

Katy Owen will play Malvolio. Katy’s recent credits include 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Globe and UK/US Tour),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rebecca (Kneehigh), The World of Work (Difficult Stage), Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), Maudie’s Rooms and Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru). Her film work includes Daddy’s Girl and Shopping for Happiness.

Annette McLaughlin will play Olivia. Annette’s recent credits include Billy Elliot (UK Tour), The Odyssey (Almeida), Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta (RSC) and Matilda (West End).

Marc Antolin plays Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Marc’s recent theatre includes Peter Pan (National Theatre), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Bristol Old Vic and Shakespeare’s Globe), The Trial (Young Vic), Taken At Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket / Chichester Minerva), Amadeus, Singin’ In The RainThe Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), From Here To Eternity (West End), Matilda (RSC/ West End), Into The WoodsHello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Billy Liar (UK Tour) and Imagine This (New London Theatre). Screen credits include London RoadCoconut Shy, Love Actually and More Than LoveTony Jayawardena will play Sir Toby. Tony’s recent theatre credits include Bend it like Beckham: The Musical (West End), The TempestThe Roaring GirlsThe Arden of Faversham and The White Devil (RSC). Screen credits include The Windsors (Channel 4), Strikeback (Sky 1), and A Street Cat Named Bob.

The full cast comprises Marc Antolin, Carly Bawden, Nandi Bhebhe, George Ikediashi, Tony Jayawardena, Joshua Lacey, Pieter Lawman, Annette McLaughlin, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, John Pfumojena, Theo St Clair and Anita-Joy Uwajeh.

Emma Rice’s 2016 season included the critically acclaimed production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, and a sell-out run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was broadcast live by the BBC and British Council. Most recently, she directed Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales) in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The production was adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season ‘Summer of Love’

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Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marking the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April, with Romeo and Juliet, followed by Jessica Swale’s Nell GwynnTwelfth Night, Kneehigh’s Tristan & YseultMuch Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica

Beginning 22 AprilRomeo and Juliet will be directed by renowned theatre and opera director, and Artistic Director of the English National Opera, Daniel Kramer. In Verona, Shakespeare’s iconic star-crossed lovers are torn between their feuding families the Montagues and Capulets. Daniel’s recent credits include Tristan and Isolde (ENO), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera, Opera North), Punch and Judy (Grand Théâtre Geneva, ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award), Bluebeard’s Castle (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre – Golden Mask Award, ENO), Pictures from an Exhibition (Sadlers Wells and Young Vic), King Kong (Regent Theatre, Australia), Woyzeck (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Bent (Trafalgar Studios, West End) and Hair(Gate Theatre).

On 2 May, the UK tour of Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award-winning Nell Gwynn returns to the Globe, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre, in association with Nica BurnsEleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black. Directed by Christopher LuscombeNell Gwynn stars Olivier-Award Nominee Laura Pitt-Pulford as the eponymous actress and mistress of Charles II. Laura’s recent credits include Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regents Park Open Air Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical). Globe audiences were originally wowed by the play in 2015 with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead, before it transferred to the West End with Gemma Arterton as Nell.

The season continues with Emma Rice’s new production of Twelfth Night, beginning 18 May. This tale of love and loss begins as Viola is washed up on the coast of Illyria, following a shipwreck in which she believes her twin brother has perished. Emma Rice’s 2016 season included the critically acclaimed production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, and a sell-out run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was broadcast live by the BBC and British Council.

From 13 June, Kneehigh’s beloved Tristan & Yseult is revived on the Globe stage as part of a major Celtic tour for the company, which will see it travel to Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as the Globe. The original tale of forbidden desires, the play examines the love and betrayal between Tristan, King Mark of Cornwall and his wife Yseult. Written by Kneehigh Artistic Associates Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this critically acclaimed production catapulted Kneehigh onto the international stage, and toured extensively in the UK in 2013 and USA during 2014-5. Further information and new tour details will be announced shortly.

Next in the season is Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Globe Associate DirectorMatthew Dunster, from 14 July. In a fresh interpretation, the love stories of Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick, are transported to 1910, at the outbreak of the Mexican Civil War. Matthew is an Olivier Award nominated director and writer whose recent credits include Imogen at the Globe, Hangmen (Royal Court and West End), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Liberian Girl (Royal Court).

From 10 August, the season continues with King Lear, directed by Nancy Meckler. When Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, his pride and jealousy lead to tragic consequences. Nancy Meckler is the founder and former Artistic Director of renowned theatre company Shared Experience. Her numerous productions for them include the award-winning Anna Karenina, Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae and Orestes. She has also directed at major venues including the RSC, Royal Court and Almeida, and is a former associate director of Hampstead Theatre and Leicester Haymarket. In 1981, she was the first woman to direct a major production at the National Theatre, with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Finally, the Globe hosts the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica, directed by Eleanor Rhode, from 8 September. Boudica, Queen of the Iceni tribe, wages a bloody uprising against the Roman Empire in this epic tale of power, politics and love. Tristan’s recent writing credits include The Bread & The Beer (Soho Theatre and UK Tour), Iron Oxide(Southwark Playhouse), Old Fools (Bush Theatre) and Aftershocks (National Theatre Studio). Eleanor is Artistic Director at Snapdragon Productions. Her recent work includes Toast (UK Tour and Brits Off Broadway, New York), When We Were Women (Orange Tree Theatre), Thark (Park Theatre) and two sell-out runs of Generous (Finborough Theatre). Eleanor and Tristan’s previous collaborations include Teddy (Winner of Best New Musical in the 2015 Off West End Awards), and Frankenstein (currently at the Watermill Theatre and on tour).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Advance Priority Booking: Wednesday 4th January at 10am

Friends Priority Booking: Monday 9th January at 10am

Public Booking: Monday 30th January at 10am

Romeo and Juliet press night will be held on 27 April 2017. Further press night dates will be confirmed soon.

2017 Summer Season: 22 April – 15 October

Romeo and Juliet

22 April – 9 July 2017

Press Night: 27 April 2017

Nell Gwynn (A Shakespeare’s Globe and English Touring Theatre co-production in association with Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black)

2 – 13 May 2017

Twelfth Night

18 May – 5 August 2017

Tristan & Yseult (Kneehigh)

13 – 24 June 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

14 July – 15 October 2017

King Lear

10 August – 14 October 2017

Boudica

8 September – 1 October 2017

Winter season 2016/17 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:

Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity

26 October 2016 – 19 November 2016

Press night: Tuesday 1 November

The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales)

24 November 2016 – 22 January 2017

Press night: Thursday 1 December

All the Angels

6 December 2016 – 12 February 2017

Press night: Thursday 8 December

The White Devil

26 January 2017 – 16 April 2017

Press night: Wednesday 1 February

Othello

23 February 2017 – 22 April 2017

Press night: Thursday 2 March

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Booking:

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Tickets               £5 – £45 (Globe Theatre) £10 – £62 (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, directed by Emma Rice

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Inspired by Andersen’s beautiful and devastating tale, and incorporating several of his other beloved stories – ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – it is written by the award-winning Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, Mikey the Pikey, Food, I Heart Peterborough).
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The role of Ole Shuteye will be played by Paul Hunter. Paul’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes The Mystery Plays, Much Ado About Nothing, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Under the Black Flag. Other recent theatre includes Gaslight (Northampton Theatre), The Fantasticks (West End) and Rapunzel (Kneehigh). Paul is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Told by An Idiot. Recent credits with them include The Fahrenheit Twins (Barbican/ Tour) and The Perfect Mind (Young Vic). Screen credits include, for Warner Brothers, The Jungle Book and Pan, for Disney, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Cinderella and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Marvellous (BBC).

Akiya Henry will play (amongst other roles) Thumbelina’s Mother and the Princess in ‘The Princess and the Pea’. Akiya’s previous work for the Globe includes Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank), Coriolanus and Under the Black Flag. Other recent theatre includes Sense of an Ending (Theatre 503), Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre), Words, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V (Shakespeare in a Suitcase/ RSC, New York), Coram Boy (National Theatre) and Skellig (Young Vic). Screen credits include Silent Witness (BBC), Casualty (BBC) and Little Britain (BBC).

The role of Thumbelina (amongst other roles) will be played by Bettrys Jones. Bettrys’ recent theatre includes We Want You to Watch (National Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales), Edward II, Warhorse (National Theatre / West End), The Mouse and his Child, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors (RSC) and Sixty Six Books (Bush Theatre). Screen credits include Alice (Ruby Films), Private Peaceful (Fluidity Films) and Little Bird (Litmus Pictures).

Japjit Kaur will be lead vocalist in the show. Japjit’s recent theatre credits include Nirbaya (Assembly Festival / World Tour – winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech, Edinburgh Fringe and Herald Angels Awards), The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Empress (Kneehigh / RSC) and Wah Wah Girls (Sadler’s Wells). As a musician her credits include Vocal Music Director for Dara (National Theatre), Singer for England People Very Nice (National Theatre) and Musical Director for Olivier Award Winning Rafta Rafta (National Theatre).

Swallow, Soldier (and other parts) will be played by Kyle Lima. Kyle’s recent theatre includes The Last Mermaid (Wales Millennium Center), World Cup Final 1966 (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic / US Tour) and Flyboy’s (Chapter Theatre Arts). Screen credits include Merlin (BBC) and Burn Burn Burn (Burn Productions).

Jack Shalloo will play Mole and the Prince in ‘The Princess and the Pea’ (amongst other roles). Jack’s recent theatre credits include Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Neal Street Productions), Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal) and Hamlet: The Musical (Royal and Derngate/ Richmond Theatre). His screen credits include Dickensian (BBC), The Interceptor (BBC) and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (BBC).

Edie Edmundson is the Puppeteer for the Little Matchgirl. Edie’s recent theatre credits include The Old Woman Made of Stardust (Theatre N16), Houseplay (Edinburgh Fringe 2015), Wondering Hands presents Sex and Puppets (Pleasance Theatre / Brainchild Festival) and Brer Rabbit Meets Brer Santa (Movingstage Marionette Theatre).

The full cast comprises Edie Edmundson, Akiya Henry, Paul Hunter, Bettrys Jones, Japjit Kaur, Kyle Lima and Jack Shalloo.

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Tonic theatre celebrates a new series of events celebrating the achievements of inspirational women in theatre

Tonic Theatre today announces the second Tonic Celebrates event, part of a new initiative celebrating the achievements of inspirational women in theatre. On Wednesday 19 October at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Tonic Theatre’s Director Lucy Kerbel will be in conversation with new Artistic Director for Shakespeare’s Globe Emma Rice, acclaimed stage, radio and television writer Tanika Gupta, and the UK’s leading Fight Directors Rachel Brown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown. Tickets for the event are only £10.

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At each Tonic Celebrates event, the company brings together a group of remarkable women to talk about their careers, successes and inspirations. Each event is followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Lucy Kerbel said today, “Our first Tonic Celebrates event, which we held in the summer with guests Paule Constable, Indhu Rubasingham and Jessica Swale, was a huge hit. The audience told us they loved hearing from inspirational women at the top of their games so we’re delighted to be holding a second event at Shakespeare’s Globe where we’ll celebrate more fantastic women in theatre.”

Emma Rice is the new Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe and directed this year’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 946 as part of the Globe’s Wonder Season. Her first production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Little Matchgirl, opens on the 24 November. For the last 20 years she has worked for Kneehigh as an actor, director and Artistic Director. Most recently Rice has adapted and directed Rebecca (a David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Production in association with Kneehigh).

Over the past 15 years Tanika Gupta has written over 20 stage plays, produced in major theatres across the UK. She has written over 30 radio plays for the BBC and several original television dramas, as well as scripts for EastEndersGrange Hill and The Bill. In 2008, she was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Drama’. She is an Associate Artist at Shakespeare’s Globe and worked as Dramaturg and Lyricist on Emma Rice’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown are the founders of Rc-Annie, the UK’s leading Dramatic Violence Company. Their work as Fight Directors has been seen in theatres across the country as well as in opera and film. They are the Fight Directors for Matthew Dunster’s current Shakespeare’s Globe production of Imogen.

 

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Cardinal Cap Alley, London SE1 9JF

Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm

Tickets are £10 (online purchases include booking fee)

0207 401 9919 / http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/

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Full casting announced for Kneehigh at the Globe’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the casting for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, co-adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice. After a critically acclaimed 2015 run at Kneehigh’s Asylum,Emma Rice’s family show will be brought to London for the first time, before embarking on a major international tour of the UK and US. It tells the story of the rehearsed D-Day landings in Devon’s Slapton Sands, and stars Katy Owen as the heroine Lily, Mike Shepherd as her grandfather, Adam Sopp as the evacuee Barry, and Nandi Bhebhe and Ncuti Gatwa as American soldiers Harry and Adi.

Katy Owen reprises the role of Lily, having also recently starred in Kneehigh’s Rebecca, and as Puck in the Globe’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre includes The World of Work (Difficult Stage), Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), Maudie’s Rooms and Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru). Her film work includes Daddy’s Girl and Shopping for Happiness.

Artistic Director of Kneehigh Mike Shepherd will play Lily’s grandpa. Since founding the company in 1980, he has worked almost exclusively with them as both an actor and director, with recent shows including Tristan and Yseult, Steptoe and Son, Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, Cymbeline, The Wooden Frock, A Matter of Life and Death and Don JohnAs director, most recent credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (puppet version with Little Angel Theatre) and an upcoming tour of The Tin Drum. His film credits include Anna Karenina and Pan.

Adam Sopp with take the role of Barry. Adam made his professional debut in Oliver! at the Palladium, after which he took the role of Gavroche in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre). Other recent theatre includes Sunny Afternoon(Hampstead Theatre), The El Train (Hoxton Hall) and Backbeat (West End). He appeared in four series of the BBC’s Grange Hill, and voiced the titular protagonist in four of the Harry Potter video games.

Nandi Bhebhe will reprise her role as Harry. Nandi is currently playing First Fairy/Starveling in the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre includes 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court), Episodes of Blackness (Vocab Dance Company), Fela! (National Theatre/ Broadway/ US Tour), A Season in the Congo (Young Vic) and White Out (Barrowland Ballet Dance Company).

The role of Adi will be played by Ncuti Gatwa. Ncuti is currently starring as Demetrius in the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre credits include Victoria, Hecuba, The BFG, And Then There Were None, Cars + Boys and A Woman in Mind (Dundee Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Home Theatre, Manchester), Shakespeare in Love (West End) and Lines (Yard Theatre).

Michael Morpurgo, author of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and co-adaptor of 946, is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors, having published over 130 books. His multiple accolades include the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, Carnegie Medal and the Red House Children’s Book Award. In 2003 he was appointed Children’s Laureate.

The full cast comprises of Nandi Bhebhe, Adebayo Bolaji, Emma Darlow, Ncuti Gatwa, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, Katy Owen, Mike Shepherd, Adam Sopp and Ewan Wardrop. The character of Blues Man will be played by Akpore Uzoh on tour, replacing Adebayo Bolaji after the London run.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips will tour in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, opening to press at Shakespeare’s Globe before travelling to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Warwick and Bristol and then on to venues in the US including Berkeley Repertory theatre and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the performing Arts, Los Angeles.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Thursday 11 August – Sunday 11 September
Directed by Emma Rice
Co-adapted from the novel by Emma Rice and Michael Morpurgo
Press Night: Wednesday 17 August
Shakespeare’s Globe

Booking:
Phone               +44 (0) 20 7401 9919
In person          Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (8pm on performance days)
Sundays           10am-5pm (7pm on performance days)
Online               www.shakespearesglobe.com
Tickets               £5 – £43 (Globe Theatre) £10 – £62 (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s inaugural winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Artistic Director Emma Rice’s inaugural winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The 2016-17 Wonder Noir Season will open with John Milton’s Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity, directed by Lucy Bailey, from 26 October. Next is Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales), directed by Emma Rice, John Webster’s The White Devil directed by Annie Ryan, and Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Ellen McDougall. December will also see the return of Jonathan Munby’s acclaimed production of All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, after its sell-out run in the 2015 winter season.

Opening the season in the candlelit Playhouse will be Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity, directed by Lucy Bailey, from 26 October. First presented in 1634, Milton’s epic masque tells of an unnamed heroine lost in the woods who encounters Comus, God of Revelry. Trapped in his magical palace, she is forced to choose between pleasure and virtue. Lucy Bailey returns to the Globe after memorable and acclaimed productions of Titus Andronicus (2006 and 2014), Timon of Athens (2008) and Macbeth (2010).

Over the Christmas period, the Playhouse will host Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales), adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice. Running from 24 November – 22 January, Emma Rice directs the show, which offers a magical world for adults and brave children alike, brought to life with music, puppetry and candlelight. Christmas also sees the return of the critically acclaimed play with music All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, from 6 December. Written by Nick Drake and directed by Jonathan Munby, All the Angels traces the incredible story of the world’s most popular choral work, Handel’s Messiah, from its first rehearsal in a Chester pub to the world stage.

The season continues from 26 January with John Webster’s The White Devil, directed by Annie Ryan. Consumed by a violent passion for that which is forbidden, the Duke of Brachiano murders his wife in order to possess another woman, triggering a cycle of violence, deceit and madness. Annie Ryan is the founder of acclaimed Dublin theatre company The Corn Exchange. Her recent credits include an adaptation of James Joyce’s Dubliners (Dublin Theatre Festival) and a critically acclaimed adaptation of Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Young Vic and UK tour), which won The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015.

Drawing the season to a close is Ellen McDougall’s Othello, from 23 February. One of Shakespeare’s most devastating and atmospheric tragedies, the play tracks Othello’s descent into jealousy and madness after the scheming Iago convinces him of his wife Desdemona’s infidelity. Ellen McDougall most recently directed the critically acclaimed The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre). Formerly Associate Director at the Gate Theatre, her production of Ivan and the Dogs was nominated for an Olivier Award. Other credits include The Glass Menagerie (UK Tour with Headlong), Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange Theatre), Idomeneus (Gate Theatre), Henry the Fifth (Unicorn) and Glitterland (Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith).

Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said “As the nights draw in, my Wonder Season moves indoors and slips sensuously into ‘noir’. I’ve been itching to get into the magical den that is the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and can’t wait to explore its intoxicating beauty. Moral complexity, tragedy and folklore will all come together with John Milton’s Comus, John Webster’s The White Devil, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Shakespeare’s masterpiece Othello. I look forward to welcoming you to Wonder Noir, and bringing these haunting, surprising and enrapturing tales into the flickering candlelight.”