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Casting announced for Barrie Rutter's The Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare's Globe

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FULL casting has been announced for Barrie Rutter’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, which runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from May 25 to June 30, 2018.

This will be Rutter’s first production since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides.

The line up includes Paul Stocker (as Palamon), Bryan Dick (Arcite), Matt Henry (Pirithous), Jude Akuwudike (Theseus), Moyo Akandé (Hippolyta), Ellora Torchia (Emilia), Sue Devaney (First Queen), Francesca Mills (Jailer’s Daughter), Andy Cryer, Melissa James, Kat Rose-Martin, Jon Trenchard and Jos Vantyler.

How long is forever? When the imprisoned Palamon and Arcite vow eternal friendship, they don’t expect that anything will come between them. But then from their cell window they see the beautiful Emilia, and their priorities take a sudden and violent turn. In this late romance, Fletcher and Shakespeare examine love in all its fluid and complex forms.

Paul Stocker returns to the Globe after appearing as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida in 2009. His other theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End), Coral, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (National Theatre Studio) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park). On television, he has appeared in Doctors, EastEnders and The Rack Pack.

Bryan Dick’s previous theatre work includes Years of Sunlight (Theatre 503), Hobson’s Choice (UK Touring), Seminar (Hampstead Theatre) and Public Enemy (Young Vic). His screen credits include Capital, Wolf Hall, Eric and Ernie, Ashes to Ashes and The Ice Cream Girls (TV); The Numbers Station, Day of the Flowers and Blood and Chocolate (film).

An Olivier Award winner for his portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots (West End), Matt Henry’s other theatre credits include Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Bath), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate) and The Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour).

Jude Akuwudike’s previous theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths (Arcola Theatre), The Royale (Bush Theatre), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic) and Hamlet Asylum Seeker (Talawa Theatre/BandBazi). He has also appeared on television in The Forgiving Earth, Carol and Vinnie, In the Long Run and Kiri.

Moyo Akandé’s previous theatre work includes Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Only the Brave (Soho Theatre) and The Witches (Dundee Repertory Theatre). Screen credits include Vera and Only An Excuse? (TV); Make Me Up, The Hurricane Heist and the BAFTA and BIFA nominated 1745 (film).

Ellora Torchia will be making her first appearance on The Globe stage after appearing as Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year. Her other theatre work includes The Treatment (Almeida) and Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre). She has also appeared on television in The Split, Broadchurch and Indian Summers.

Sue Devaney’s recent theatre work includes The Kitchen Sink (Oldham Coliseum), A Christmas Carol, The Threepenny Opera (Bolton Octagon), When We Are Married (Northern Broadsides/UK Tour), Our Gracie (Oldham Coliseum) and Fetish Knights (Lowry Theatre Manchester). Her television credits include River City, Shameless, Being April and Dinnerladies.

Francesca Mills’ previous theatre work includes A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park), Cyrano De Bergerac (Northern Broadsides/UK Tour) and A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicite/National Theatre). She has also appeared on television in Harlots.

Also at Shakespeare’s Globe: Hamlet and As You Like It.

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