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).

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.


Shakespeare’s Globe announces full cast for Matthew Dunster’s Imogen

Award-winning actor Maddy Hill, in the lead role of Imogen, is best known for the recurring role of Nancy Carter in EastEnders (BBC), for which she won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards in 2015, and Best Newcomer in the British Soap Awards 2014, as well as being nominated for Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards 2014. Maddy will be joined by Jonathan McGuinness as Cymbeline, Ira Mandela Siobhan as Posthumus and Matthew Needham as Iachimo. Running from 17 SeptemberImogen is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline renamed and reclaimed.

Cast of Imogen

Cast of Imogen

Jonathan McGuinness will play Cymbeline. Jonathan’s extensive stage credits include Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), The Oresteia (Almeida), Love’s Sacrifice and The Comedy of Errors (RSC), The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas (Royal Court) and Once in a Lifetime, Playing with Fireand The U.N. Inspector (National Theatre). Television includes Wolf Hall (BBC Two), The Bletchley Circle (ITV) and Silk (BBC).

The role of Posthumus will be played by Ira Mandela Siobhan. Ira’s recent stage credits include Macbeth, A Season in the Congo and Feast at the Young Vic, Everyman, Fela! and DV8’s Can We Talk About This? at the National Theatre, The Wind in the Willows (Vaudeville Theatre) and The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable(Punchdrunk). Film includes London Road and Pan.

Cast of Imogen

Cast of Imogen

Matthew Needham will play Iachimo having most recently starred in the short film Stutterer which won best foreign film at the LA shorts festival and has been shortlisted for best live action short film at the 88th Academy Awards. Matthew’s previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014). For the RSC, credits include Henry IV Parts One and TwoRichard II, Love’s Sacrifice and The Jew of Malta. Other theatre includes Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint), Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall), for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award, and There is a War (National Theatre). His screen credits include Endeavour (ITV), The Hollow Crown Part Two (BBC) and Sherlock (BBC).

The Queen will be played by Claire-Louise Cordwell. Claire-Louise’s previous work at the Globe includes Matthew Dunster’s The Frontline. Other theatre includes Treasure Island (National Theatre), Ecstasy (Hampstead Theatre and West End) and Stoning Mary (Royal Court). Screen credits include Beowulf (ITV), Line of Duty (BBC 2) and The Honourable Woman (BBC). The role of her son, Cloten, will be played by Joshua Lacey. Joshua’s recent theatre includes Wonder.Land, Everyman and One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime and Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Martin Marquez will play Belarius. Martin’s extensive stage credits include Husbands and Sons, Anything Goes and Love’s Labours Lost for the National Theatre, Before I Leave for National Theatre Wales, Ah, Wilderness for the Young Vic, and Cleansed and Identical Twins for the Royal Court. Recent screen credits include SunTrap (BBC), Twenty Twelve (BBC) and in film, Elizabeth I and Les Misérables.

Award-winning actor William Grint plays Arviragus. William began his career in Deafinitely Youth Theatre, with credits including Beauty ManifestoThe RitualThe Mobile Phone Show and Blackout. His film credits include Chasing Cotton CloudsStrangers, for which he won best actor at Clin d’Oeil Festival for Deaf culture, and The Quiet OnesScott Karim will play Guiderius. Scott’s recent theatre includes Brave New World (Northampton Royal & Derngate), The Invisible (Bush Theatre), Dara, Great Britain and Othello (National Theatre). His previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes 2015’s The Merchant of Venice.

The full cast comprises Leila Ayad, Okorie Chukwu, Claire-Louise Cordwell, William Grint, Maddy Hill, Sapphire Joy, Scott Karim, Erica Kouassi, Joshua Lacey, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Martin Marquez, Jonathan McGuinness, Malik-Sankara Mosiah Watson, Matthew Needham, Anwar Russell and Kai Spellman.

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
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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.”