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ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
HENRY IV PART I AND PART II
HENRY IV PART I:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 18 March – 6 September 2014
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 14 May 2014
HENRY IV PART II:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 28 March – 6 September 2014
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 18 June 2014
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran
Casting is announced for Gregory Doran’s productions of Henry IV Parts I & II which play in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from March 2014 with a double press day on Wednesday 16 April, before transferring to Newcastle Theatre Royal, embarking on a UK tour and transferring to London’s Barbican.
Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and with RSC Honorary Associate Artist Antony Sher as Sir John Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal, both productions will be broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment. Henry IV Part I will be filmed during the performance in the RST on Wednesday 14 May and Henry IV Part II on Wednesday 18 June and simultaneously screened in over 300 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.
Henry IV Part I cast includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Jasper Britton (King Henry IV); Antony Byrne (Worcester); Sean Chapman (Northumberland/Earl of Douglas); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Gadshill); Nia Gwynne (Lady Mortimer); Alex Hassell (Prince Hal); Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Traveller); Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Glendower); Antony Sher (Sir John Falstaff); Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt); Trevor White (Hotspur) and Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain).
Henry IV Part II cast includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Jasper Britton (King Henry IV); Antony Byrne (Pistol); Sean Chapman (Northumberland); Oliver Ford Davies (Shallow); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Warwick); Nia Gwynne (Doll Tearsheet); Alex Hassell (Prince Hal); Jim Hooper (Silence); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Wart); Joshua Richards (Bardolph); Antony Sher ( Sir John Falstaff); Simon Thorp (Lord Chief Justice); Trevor White (Mowbray) and Simon Yadoo (Lord Bardolph).
Several of the cast and all of the creative team for these productions were also part of Doran’s recent production of Richard II. The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin. The Movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the Fight director is Terry King.
The Company is also offering another unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience both productions in the classroom; Henry IV Part I in June 2014 and Henry IV Part II in July 2014. As the first theatre company to broadcast its work to schools the RSC reached over 34,000 students with its opening streaming of Richard II in November which included a live Q&A hosted by Konnie Huq with David Tennant and Gregory Doran.
This hugely popular initiative is made possible through collaboration with Ravensbourne College. Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.
Shakespeare teachers’ packs including resources from Doran’s Richard II are available here: www.rsc.org.uk/education/online-resources/shakespeare-teachers-pack.aspx
THE ROARING GIRL
By Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton
by Jo Davies
Theatre 9 April – 30 September 2014
Press Night: Tuesday 15 April, 7pm
by Polly Findlay
Theatre 30 April – 2 October 2014
Press Night: Tuesday 6 May, 7pm
Tickets: 0844 800 1110 or www.rsc.org.uk
Full casting is announced for the first two plays in the 'Roaring Girls’ season. Led by Royal Shakespeare Company Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman these rarely performed Jacobethan plays reveal some of the great parts written for and about women.
The season opens with The Roaring Girl by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, directed by Jo Davies. Leading the cast as the fearless ‘Governess of London’s underworld’ Moll Cutpurse is Lisa Dillon. Lisa was previously at the RSC as Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew and also played Desdemona in Gregory Doran’s Othello. Her other credits include the West End production of Private Lives, BBC’s Cranford Chronicles and Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things.
The second play in the season is Arden of Faversham, written in 1592 and published anonymously, but attributed variously to Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare. Directed by Polly Findlay, with the lead role of Alice Arden played by Sharon Small. The part of Alice Arden is the largest role for a woman in all Elizabethan drama. Making her RSC debut Sharon is most well-known for the BBC’s Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Mistresses, her other recent TV work includes Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Silent Witness. Sharon has worked at the National Theatre, Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse.
The two productions are cross cast including:
Joe Bannister, Ian Bonar, Peter Bray, Elspeth Brodie, Colin Brown, Faye Castelow, Keir Charles, Liz Crowther, Geoffrey Freshwater, Lizzie Hopley, Joan Iyiola, Tony Jayawardena, Christopher Middleton, Ken Nwosu, Tom Padley, Ian Redford, David Rintoul, Jay Simpson, Timothy Speyer and Harvey Virdi.
The Roaring Girl is designed by Naomi Dawson. The lighting is designed by Anna Watson. Music composed by Gary Yershon with sound by Simon Baker.
Arden of Faversham is designed by Merle Hensel. The lighting is designed by Lee Curran with music and sound by Dan Jones.
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IT’S BACK – AND IT’S GONNA LIVE FOREVER!
Bill Kenwright presents
FAME – THE MUSICAL
Directed and Choreographed by Gary Lloyd
Performance dates: Mon 3 – Sat 8 March
Press night: Mon 3 March at 7.30pm
Based on the Oscar winning musical film and hugely successful TV series; FAME – THE MUSICAL is back for 2014. An exhilarating new production that has been bought up to date for the 21st Century will tour to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 3 – Sat 8 March as part of a sixteen date national tour.
This exhilarating new production will take you on a hi-octane roller coaster ride through dizzy heights and crashing lows as a group of star-struck wannabes embark on their quest for the ultimate accolade – fame.
Set in 2014 at the world famous High School for Performing Arts New York, young talented hopefuls undertake the journey of their lives. Ambition, triumph, heartbreak and romance conspire to steer them off course, and the pressure is too much for some. But, these kids are determined to live forever and Fame – the Musical is the feel-good sensation that you will never forget!
Bursting with dynamic dance routines and unforgettable songs that have been re-envisioned for 2014 including; Fame and Let’s Play a Love Scene, Fame - the Musical has enjoyed seven West End runs since premiering in the USA in 1988 and continues to be performed all over the world.
A musical for a new generation, this production of Fame – the Musical will feature a young, energetic cast fresh from drama school including; Jodie Steele as Carmen Diaz, Harry Bleumenau as Schlomo Metzenbaum, Sarah Harlington as Serena Katz, Alex Jordan-Mills as Nick Piazza, Molly Stewart as Mabel Washington, Alex Thomas as Tyrone Jackson, Sasi Strallen as Iris Kelly, Joseph Giacone as Joe Vegas, John Canmore as Mr Scheinkopf, Alexandra Sarmiento as Grace ‘Lamchops’ Lamb, Ross Lee Fowkes as Goodman ‘Goody’ King, David Haydn as Mr Myers. The cast also includes Ryan Lee Seager, Aaron James, Farrah Abigail Hussain, Micha Richardson and Hannah Wilson. Further casting to be announced.
Breathing new life into Fame – the Musical will be award winning director/choreographer Gary Lloyd whose credits include Thriller Live, 20th Century Boy, Flash Mob and The Story of Mark Bolan.
Re-orchestrating the production for 2014 Tom De Keyser. A dynamic design concept will come from Diego Pitarch.
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