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The Almeida's Mary Stuart - full casting announced

Mary Stuart: Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams photographed by Miles Aldridge.

Casting news

AS REHEARSALS begin, the full cast has been announced for Mary Stuart, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from December 9, 2016 (previews from December 2) to January 21, 2017.

Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

Joining them will be Alexander Cobb, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Franklin, David Jonsson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas, Daniel Rabin, Sule Rimi and Alan Williams.

Following his critically acclaimed productions of Uncle Vanya and Oresteia, Associate Director Robert Icke adapts and directs Friedrich Schiller’s political tragedy, which takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days.

Alexander Cobb’s theatre credits include Red Velvet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); The Seagull (Headlong); The Magistrate (National Theatre); Goodbye To All That (Royal Court Theatre); The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Rash Dash at Royal & Derngate); and Wasted (Paines Plough).

His screen work includes Indian Summers; The Mimic; Ripper Street; Mr Selfridge; Call The Midwife and Parade’s End (TV); A Storm in the Stars and Whitehawk (film).

Rudi Dharmalingam’s previous Almeida credits include Oresteia (also Trafalgar Studios) and 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre. Elsewhere, his many credits include Hamlet (Barbican Theatre); Dara, England People Very Nice, Playing with Fire, Rafta Rafta and The History Boys -also on Broadway (National Theatre); X and Hope (Royal Court Theatre); and Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company/West End).

His screen credits include Doctor Who and Coronation Street (TV); Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (film); while his radio includes The Events; Tommies; and The Shape of Things (all for BBC Radio 4).

Vincent Franklin’s theatre credits include This House (National Theatre) and That Day We Sang (Manchester International Festival). His numerous screen credits include Cucumber and Banana; Twenty-Twelve; The Thick of It; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Doc Martin; Oliver Twist; The Life & Times Of Vivienne Vyle; Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen; Casanova; The Green Wing and The Office (TV); I Do; Mr Turner; The Riot Club; Bright Star; The Illusionist; Confetti; Vera Drake; The Bourne Identity; From Hell; and Topsy-Turvy (film).

David Jonsson will be making his professional debut in Mary Stuart. Theatre while training includes Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Studios); and Ghosts (Theatre Bankside).

John Light’s previous Almeida credits include Carmen Disruption, The Master Builder, Certain Young Men, The Cenci and The Tower. Other theatre credits include Three Days in the Country and The Night Season (National Theatre); Taken At Midnight (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse); and Julius Caesar, The Tempest and The Seagull (RSC).

Light’s screen work includes Atlantis; Love in a Cold Climate; Cambridge Spies and Silk (TV); Albert Hobbs; Heights; The Lion in Winter; and Benedict Arnold (film).

Carmen Munroe’s theatre work includes Richard III (New Diorama Theatre); Mother Courage (Nottingham Playhouse); Cain (RSC); Trouble In Mind, Fabulation, Gem of the Ocean, Walk Hard – Talk Loud and The Owl and the Pussycat (Tricycle Theatre); The Amen Corner (Tricycle Theatre in the West End); and Period of Adjustment (Royal Court Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre).

Munroe’s television credits include Desmonds; The Dumping Ground; Final Passage; The Chain; Song at Twilight; The Wasted Years; Crown Court; Mixed Blessings; Playschool; General Hospital; Rainbow City; and The Fosters. She is a founder member of Talawa and was awarded the OBE in 2007 for her major role in the development of black theatre in Britain.

Eileen Nicholas’ theatre credits include All About My Mother (Old Vic); Endgame (Donmar Warehouse); I Didn’t Always Live Here (Finborough Theatre); Buried Child (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); A Chorus of Disapproval (Theatr Clywd); Cutting a Rug (Young Vic); American Bagpipes (Royal Court); and Request Programme (Bush Theatre).

On screen, she has appeared in Broken; Midwinter of the Spirit; Half Broken Thing; Widow Maker; Between The Lines; and Dr Finlay’s Casebook (TV); Blackwood; The Quiet Ones; Trainspotting; and Regeneration (film).

Daniel Rabin has previously appeared in 1984 for the Almeida in the West End. Other theatre includes Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, King John, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Anthony and Cleopatra and Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe); Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse/Spoleto Festival); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre); and The Bomb (Tricycle Theatre)

His screen work includes The Royals; Game of Thrones; Ambassadors; Our Men; Henry – Mind of a Tyrant; The Roman Mysteries; and Money Can’t Buy You Love (TV); Lilac’s Laughter; Mind The Gap; and Two’s Company (film).

Sule Rimi has recently appeared at the Almeida as Oudry in They Drink It In The Congo. Other theatre credits include The Suicide (National Theatre); The Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange/West Yorkshire Playhouse); and Boardergame (National Theatre Wales). Screen credits include Francis; Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box; The Machine; Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons; Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection; Panic Button; Eastern Promises; and Starter for Ten (film); Unforgotten; Stella; Crash; and Doctor Who (TV).

Alan Williams previously appeared in The Jew of Malta for the Almeida. Other theatre includes As You Like It, Here We Go, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and War Horse (National Theatre); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas, The President Has Come To See You, Talk Show, Mint, Memory, Stoning Mary, Lucky Dog, Crave and The Local (Royal Court); and A Thousand Stars Explode In The Sky and The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith.

On screen, he has appeared in Father Brown; The Crown; Utopia; Luther; Shameless and Vera (TV); The Dreamlike Path; Trespass Against Us; War Horse; London Boulevard; Vera Drake; The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers; and Bright Young Things (film).

Read more about Mary Stuart.

Ella Hickson’s new play Oil continues at the Almeida Theatre until November 26, 2016.

Bollywood Jack - Tara Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of Bollywood Cinderella and Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood, this Christmas Tara Arts is presenting Bollywood Jack. Written by Farrukh Dhondy and with a now traditional Bollywood spin, it runs at Tara’s brand-new theatre from Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Saturday, January 7, 2017.

Based on the much loved fairy tale of Jack and The Beanstalk and combined with the poems of Rudyard Kipling, Bollywood Jack promises to be a unique pantomime experience for all the family, as East meets West with glittering costumes, a side-splitting dame and songs that will have everyone dancing in the aisles.

Sohm Kapila of Bend it Like Beckham and Britain’s Got Bhangra takes the role of Jack, leading a cast of familiar Tara friends, old and new, including Ralph Birtwell (recently seen in Paradise of the Assassins) as the Dame and Deven Modha (a memorable Cat in Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood) as the Giant.

Bollywood Jack is artistic director Jatinder Verma’s debut production in the new Tara Theatre. His previous productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Album at the National Theatre and Kanjoos The Miser and Macbeth on tour, as well as Tara’s previous pantomime hits Bollywood Cinderella and Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood.

Verma said: “Kipling’s Ballad of East and West is the inspiration for our fun-filled Christmas treat, featuring crackling comedy, dance routines, outrageous costumes, magical effects and live music that will have you humming the tunes spiralling around the new Tara Theatre.

The cast also includes Shala Nyx, Aria Prasad and Adam Samuel-Bal. Musicians are Ernest Ignatius (vocals) Danyal Dhondy (keyboard) and Hassan Mohyeddin (percussion).

The production, which is suitable for all ages, is designed by Claudia Mayer.

Tickets: From £18.50. To book, call the box office on 020 8333 4457 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Matinees: 2.30pm on December 10, 14, 15, 17, 22, 23, 28 and 29 and January 2 and 7; 1pm and 5pm on December 24 and 31; and 3pm on December 26.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes (including interval).

Read more about Tara’s Debut Season at its new home.

The Crucible - Richmond Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARTHUR Miller’s classic American drama, The Crucible, is touring to theatres in the UK and Luxembourg in a new production by Sell A Door Theatre Company and The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in association with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

The tour opens at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch before continuing to Dartford, Cheltenham, Aberdeen, Luxembourg, Richmond (April 11 to April 15, 2017), Manchester, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham and Glasgow.

One of the twentieth century’s landmark plays, The Crucible stands as both a historical record and a political parable for our times. The unrelenting witchhunt and violence, an allegory of the brutal McCarthyism of American politics in the 1950’s, resonates with an unnerving clarity now in a post-Brexit UK where violent mob mentality and race-driven hate crimes are on the rise.

The Crucible is directed by Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, and takes a Brechtian look at this violent story of frail reason in the face of hysteria. Following Rintoul’s recent hits at The Queen’s, Made in Dagenham and Much Ado About Nothing, this atmospheric staging of The Crucible promises the same level of quality and acclaim.

The Crucible stars Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch-hunter, Reverend Hale.

David Hutchinson, Artistic Director of Sell a Door Theatre Company, said: “The Crucible was the first production I ever witnessed on stage; and resonates today as it did when it first met an audience as a fundamentally important piece of American theatre that calls into question our highest beliefs and morals. After our summer and autumn season of high flying musicals, it’s a chilling, powerful play that is punching off our 2017 season of work.”

Sell a Door Theatre Company are a leading producer of mid and large-scale productions including recent successful UK tours of The History Boys, Sunset Song, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose and American Idiot. The Queen’s Theatre is an award-winning producing house, which has been serving audiences in East London, Essex and beyond for over 60 years. It presents over eight productions in its 500-seater auditorium each year.

To book tickets for Richmond Theatre, call the box office on 0870 060 6651 or visit

Also at Richmond Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet, starring Jason Donovan as Sam Phillips (February 6 to February 11); Peter James’ Not Dead Enough, starring Shane Richie as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey (March 13 to March 18); and the first major revival of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, starring Jodie Prenger (March 20 to March 25, 2017).

Scarlett Strallen returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory in She Loves Me

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SCARLETT Strallen is returning to the Menier Chocolate Factory to play Amalia in She Loves Me, which runs from December 7, 2016 (previews from November 25) to March 4, 2017.

Amalia and Georg work as clerks in Maraczek’s Parfumerie and they aren’t exactly the best of friends. However, they have something in common – they both rapturously write to romantic pen pals. Despite the anonymity of their secret admirers, they live for the love letters that they exchange and the day they will finally meet.

The films The Shop around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail were based on She Loves Me. The musical version – written by the authors of Fiddler on the Roof – premiered on Broadway in 1963 and includes the now-classic songs Ice Cream and A Trip to the Library.

Scarlett Strallen previously appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory as Cunegonde in Candide. Her other theatre work includes A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre) and Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway).

She is joined in the cast of She Loves Me by Rachel Bingham, Alastair Brookshaw, Les Dennis, Peter Dukes, Luke Fetherston, Olivia Fines, Aimee Hodnett, Callum Howells, Katherine Kingsley, Sarah Marie-Maxwell, Vincent Pirillo, Dominic Tighe and Mark Umbers.

She Loves Me is directed by Matthew White, who returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory where he previously directed Candide, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors and The Last Five Years.

With book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and based on the play by Miklós László, She Loves Me has choreography by Rebecca Howell, design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Gregory Clarke, musical supervision and musical direction by Catherine Jayes and orchestrations by Jason Carr.

Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, starring Tom Hollander, continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory until November 19, 2016.

The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton - Arts Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MARK Farrelly is taking the stage one last time as playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton in his critically acclaimed show The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton.

Adding to his two performances at Penge’s Bridge House Theatre, this electric performance will be coming to the West End’s Above the Arts Theatre for one performance only – on November 14, 2016.

This kinetic solo show portrays the life of one of the great English writers of the inter-war years.

Hamilton, a dazzling success in his twenties with hit plays Rope (which went on to become a Hitchcock film) and Gaslight and classic novels Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude, was an alcoholic. However, his wit became increasingly mordant as his inner and outer worlds collapsed.

Set in a 1950’s electro-therapy clinic and covering the entire sweep of Hamilton’s turbulent life and writing, The Silence of Snow entertains and challenges in equal measures, asking audiences: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person.

The production debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and immediately transferred to London’s Old Red Lion Theatre. In 2015, it played at Brighton’s Rialto Theatre and London’s Kings Head Theatre.

The performance is in support of MIND, the UK’s leading mental health charity and is in memory of Farrelly’s close friend Tim Welling, who committed suicide in 2012. All proceeds from Farrelly’s book Soho Lives: Two Solo Plays, which features The Silence of Snow and Farrelly’s second hit play Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, will go to MIND with Farrelly’s £3,000 target almost reached.

Written and performed by Mark Farrelly, The Silence of Snow is directed by actor and director Linda Marlow, who won the Manchester Evening News Award for best director in 1990 and the What’s On Stage People’s Choice Theatre Award for Best Actress in her solo show Berkoff’s Women.

Tickets: £14.50 – available from the box office on 020 7836 846 or online at

Time: 8pm.

Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval).

Also at the Arts Theatre: Follow The Faun, a unique blend of ancient Bacchanalian rite and participatory theatre (October 31 to November 12) and A Christmas Carol, starring Simon Callow (December 8, 2016 to January 7, 2017).

Luv - Park Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BUCKLAND Theatre Company is presenting Luv, by Murray Schisgal, at the Park Theatre – from December 13, 2016 (previews from December 8) to January 7, 2017.

Luv is a 1960s riotous celebration of the absurd lengths we go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as love. After reuniting one fateful night, old school pals Milt and Harry uncover each other’s miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters.

Gary Condes directs a cast that includes Nick Barber as Milt, Elsie Bennett as Ellen and Charles Dorfman as Harry.

Playwright Murray Schisgal (best known for co-writing the screenplay for Tootsie) said: “I am thrilled that my play Luv will be returning to London to play at Park Theatre for the first time since it originally appeared at the Arts Theatre in the early 1960s. I will be celebrating my 90th birthday this November, so it is a lovely celebration to see three young and brilliant actors take on these roles over fifty years after Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson played them on Broadway.”

Nick Barber’s numerous theatre credits include Dingle/Voltaire in The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic), Laurencio in A Lady of Little Sense (Theatre Royal Bath), CIA Agent in Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Happy in Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Michael Cassio in Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Palamon/Squire/Rioter in The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Barber has also appeared on screen in New Blood, Cuffs, Red Dwarf, Free Agents, The Waltz King, The Brief and Midsomer Murders (TV); Colour Me Kubrick and Complete Female Stage Beauty (film). He also voices Rex Fairbrother on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

Elsie Bennett most recently starred on stage as Queen Elizabeth I in Progress (Red Rose Chain) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre). On screen, she has appeared in Birds Of A Feather and Joanna Lumley’s Little Cracker. She also works extensively as a voice artist and recently completed work on the Hitman series and Squadron 42.

Charles Dorfman studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. His theatre credits include Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre), Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre) and Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner and Wuthering Heights (Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). On screen, he has appeared in Myrtle (directed by James Alexandrou), The Show (also directed by James Alexandrou) and Present (directed by Joe Ballerini).

Luv has set and costume design by Max Dorey, lighting design by Christopher Nairne and sound design by Richard Hammarton (also composer).

Luv originally debuted at the Arts Theatre before opening in New York in November 1964. The original New York cast was comprised of Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and the play won three Tony Awards whilst being nominated for Best Play and Best Author of a Play. Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Blyden, Gene Wilder and Gabriel Dell were among the replacement performers later in the run on Broadway. In 1967, Luv was adapted into a film, starring Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk and Elaine May.

Terri Paddock, founder of and, will host a post-show Q&A with director Gary Condes and cast members of Luv to discuss the show and its heritage on Thursday, December 15.

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 0207 870 6876 or visit

Also at the Park Theatre: Peter Quilter’s Saving Jason (November 2 to December 3, 2016).

Charles Court Opera return to the King's Head Theatre with Pinocchio

Bill Knight from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHARLES Court Opera are returning to the King’s Head Theatre with their tenth boutique panto, Pinocchio, which runs from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017.

With the same creative team as last year’s critically-acclaimed Mirror Mirror! and ‘a brilliant cast singing a dazzling array of musical numbers’, CCO’s highly original take on this classic tale is jam-packed full of belly laughs, silliness and downright ridiculousness.

According to press material, audiences can expect the utterly unexpected; a musically exhilarating, uproarious and quite frankly ludicrous show, with innuendo, puns and tomfoolery galore, all sprinkled with a handful of Christmas spirit and festive fun.

The musical numbers are from a wide range of genres and the story is full of cheeky twists and turns.

John Savournin, Artistic Director of Charles Court Opera, said: “We’re delighted to be back at the King’s Head Theatre for our tenth boutique panto. Pinocchio is brimming with imagination, and we’ve been hard at work cooking up more fun and frivolity than ever before for our take on the classic tale. We’re very excited!”

As well as adult-only performances, children’s matinees are also available.

For more information and to book tickets, call 0207 226 8561 or visit

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Amanda Muggleton stars in the award-winning one-woman show The Book Club (until November 5) and following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Simon Jay performs Trumpageddon (until November 8, 2016).

Clive Carter joins the cast of LMTO's State Fair

Casting news

OLIVIER Award and WOS nominated actor Clive Carter (as Abel) joins the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair, which is being performed for the first time on the London stage as a symphonic concert by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

The performance takes place at Cadogan Hall on November 6, 2016.

A veteran of stage and screen, Clive Carter has appeared in the original West End productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Into The Woods, Les Miserables and Always. His other theatre credits includes Wicked, We Will Rock You, Man for all Seasons, Crooked Wood, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Phantom of the Opera.

His screen work includes The Da Vinci Code, Chromophobia and Learning to Love the Grey (film); Holby City, Murder Maps, EastEnders, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe, Roman Mysteries and Johnny Shakespeare (TV).

In State Fair he joins Wendi Peters, Richard Fleeshman, Emma Hatton, Oliver Savile and Celinde Schoenmaker.

LMTO has also announced its full ensemble – Elizabeth Bright, Hywel Dowsell, Jessica Duncan, Adam Hepworth, Toby Hine, Charlie-Jade Jones, Lizzie Jay, Richard James King, Chris McGuigan, Matthew Pennington, Ana Richardson, Rebecca Ridout, Oliver Stanley, Tom Sterling, Rebecca Withers and Lizzie Wofford.

Read more about State Fair.

Genesis - a new play exploring the dilemmas of predicting breast cancer


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by acclaimed playwright Frazer Flintham and directed by Charlotte Bennett, Genesis will visit Soho Theatre from November 15 to November 19, 2016, as part of a UK tour.

Following a two-year research partnership with the UK’s only charity dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – Prevent Breast Cancer – Genesis takes inspiration from interviews with medical professionals as well as patients and their families.

The production was initially developed with the late Morag Siller (Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Holby City and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet). The project now continues in her memory after Morag died of breast cancer in April 2016.

Coronation Street co-star and breast cancer survivor Sally Dynevor (known to viewers as Sally Metcalfe) succeeds in her role as an advocate of the project.

Flintham explores the complex human dilemmas around preventative medicine through the character of leading geneticist Rachel, who identifies gene mutations that increase the risk of developing breast cancer – allowing action to be taken before the disease has even had chance to develop.

Whether it’s surgery or a course of drugs, it is all about prevention. But on discovering that she and her daughter might be carrying a gene mutation themselves, Rachel starts to wonder if predicting illness through science throws up more questions than it can answer.

Sally Dynevor said: “In order to build a breast cancer-free future, prediction and prevention are imperative. This play is about telling the human side of science. It addresses the incredibly difficult emotional journey we embark on when we are told we can potentially avoid rather than survive cancer by being told our predicted risk.”

Running alongside the production, Forward Theatre Project, the play’s presenter, will create a legacy strand including an educational project with young women on body image, a photography exhibition of mastectomy patients, self-esteem workshops for cancer sufferers and a live streaming of the production. This will enable the conversations stimulated by the show to continue long after its tour comes to an end.

The production coincides with Manchester being awarded the prestigious European City of Science 2016. And aptly, Genesis will premiere in Salford (November 11 and 12), the original inspiration for the fictional town of Weatherfield in which Coronation Street is set.

Director Charlotte Bennett said: “At Forward Theatre Project we create theatre which is community-driven, high in ambition, challenging and thought-provoking. Throughout Genesis, audiences will be invited into the debate about the ethics of preventative measures which are being employed across a range of diseases today.”

Nikki Barraclough, executive director at Prevent Breast Cancer, said: “To be told you have a high risk of developing breast cancer can be life-changing, but it’s essential that the right support and advice is on hand. The decision to find out your risk is not an easy one to make and this play tackles an important issue, exploring the emotional impact on the person involved and their loved ones. We’re sure it’s a topic that will touch the hearts of anyone who attends and raises many important questions. We’re incredibly proud to be part of this project and are looking forward to seeing it played out on stage.”

Genesis will be performed by Helen Bradbury, Charlotte Melia and Joanna Nicks, and designed by Lydia Denno.

Following its premiere in Salford, Genesis will continue to London, Millom in Cumbria, Preston and Doncastor.

Genesis is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets (Soho Theatre): £16, £14 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7478 0100 or online at

Times (Soho Theatre): 7pm, with Saturday matinee at 4pm.

Running Time: 80 minutes.

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales - casting announced

Casting news

SHAKESPEARE’S Globe has announced full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, it runs in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from November 24, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

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 cast includes Paul Hunter (as Ole Shuteye), Akiya Henry (Thumbelina’s Mother/the Princess in The Princess and the Pea and others), Bettrys Jones (Thumbelina and others), Japjit Kaur (lead vocalist), Kyle Lima (Swallow, Soldier and others), Jack Shalloo (Mole and the Prince in The Princess and the Pea and others) and Edie Edmundson (the Puppeteer for The Little Matchgirl).

Paul Hunter’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. His other recent theatre includes Gaslight (Northampton Theatre), The Fantasticks (West End) and Rapunzel (Kneehigh).

Hunter is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Told by An Idiot, where his credits include The Fahrenheit Twins (Barbican/Tour) and The Perfect Mind (Young Vic). His 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’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).

On screen, she has appeared in Silent Witness, Casualty and Little Britain.

Bettrys Jones’ 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 work includes Alice, Private Peaceful and Little Bird.

Japjit Kaur’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, Singer for England People Very Nice and Musical Director for Olivier Award-winning Rafta Rafta (all at the National Theatre).

Kyle Lima’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). His screen credits include Merlin and Burn Burn Burn.

Jack Shalloo’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, The Interceptor and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

Edie Edmundson’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).

Read more about Winter 2016/17 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.