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Casting announced for the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter's A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is set to tour the UK after two performances at the Lyric on April 13 and 14, 2018.

The cast and band for this riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays includes Allyson Ava-Brown, George Fouracres, Daniel Fraser, David Ganly, Harry Jardine, Matt King Smith, Amy Marchant, Kayla Meikle, Alan Pagan, Michael Palmer and Dharmesh Patel.

Sean Holmes, Director and Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith, said: “I’m delighted that the Lyric is back touring the country and especially thrilled that Filter’s Lyric Dream is the focus of this major national tour. We hope new audiences everywhere will delight in its anarchy, its irreverence and its fun.”

Allyson Ava-Brown previously appeared at the Lyric in Aladdin. Her theatre credits elsewhere include The Quiet House (Birmingham Rep/Park Theatre); The Etienne Sisters, Beauty and the Beast, Crowning Glory, Jack and the Beanstalk, Martina Cole’s Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Carnival of the Animals (Riverside Studios); The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Villains Opera, Honk! The Ugly Duckling (National Theatre); Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); and Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC/Stratford/Tour/West End).

Her screen credits include Casualty, Doctors, The Wrong Door, EastEnders, Holby City, Secret Diary of A Call Girl, Vera, Sherlock Holmes And The Living Dead, Witness and Ambition to Live.

George Fouracres’s theatre credits include Antigone, Romeo and Juliet, The Cure, The Seventh Seal and Black Comedy (ADC); Babushka, The Red Shoes (Troupe); Diary of a Nobody (Kings Head Theatre); Ecclesiastical Perks (The New Arcadians); Life x 3 (HATS); and Pick Me Up (Edinburgh Fringe).

He has also appeared on television in Drunk History, Raised By Wolves and The Woman In Red.

Daniel Fraser previously appeared at the Lyric in Jack and the Beanstalk. His theatre and opera credits include Deny, Deny, Deny (Park Theatre); Flare Path (UK Tour); Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies (RSC Swan/Aldwych/Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud Theatre); Oh, To Be in England (Finborough Theatre); After Lydia (Watermill Theatre); and Orpheus: The Mythical (Royal Opera House).

His film and TV work includes Doctors, Holby City, The Patrol, Frequencies, Scar Tissue, Happiness and Lab Rats.

David Ganly was last at the Lyric in Cinderella. His theatre credits elsewhere include Girl From The North Country and Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre); On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival); Once (Olympia Theatre Dublin); The Threepenny Opera and The Weir (Gate Theatre); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Translations (National Theatre); and The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre).

His screen credits include Citizen Charlie, Sunset Song, Body of Lies, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak and Space Truckers.

Harry Jardine, Artistic Director of Vamp Theatre Company, previously appeared at the Lyric in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brisbane Festival/Dublin Festival) and for Filter in Twelfth Night (India, US and UK Tour). His other theatre credits include The Secret Seven (Storyhouse, Chester); Octagon (Arcola Theatre); and Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre).

His film and TV work includes Doctors, What is Wrong with these People? Journey’s End, Master of Ceremonies, The Thief and In the Heart of the Sea.

An Associate Artist of The Willow Globe Theatre, Amy Marchant’s previous work for Filter includes Twelfth Night (India/USA/UK tour). Her theatre credits also include Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre); To Sir, With Love (UK Tour); and Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest (The Willow Globe Theatre). She has also appeared on screen in Doctors, Confection and Big Day.

Kayla Meikle previously appeared at the Lyric in Jack and the Beanstalk. Elsewhere, her theatre work includes Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre); PRIMETIME (Royal Court); Merlin (Nuffield); The Taming of the Shrew (Arts Theatre); and All That Lives (Ovalhouse).

Dharmesh Patel previously appeared at the Lyric in Beauty and The Beast and Too Close To Home. His other theatre and opera credits include The Captive Queen, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Cymbeline, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Hamlet, The Comedy OF Errors, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, American Trade, The Grain Store, Morte d’Arthur (RSC); Albion (Bush Theatre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Manchester); Satyagraha (Improbable/ENO/New York); Slow Time (National Theatre); and The Happy Prince (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).

He has also appeared on television in Casualty, Doctors and Ray’s Daze.

Created by Filter and directed by Sean Holmes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is designed by Hyemi Shin, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design and original music by Chris Branch and Tom Haines.

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