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Casting announced for The Taming of the Shrew and Women Beware Women

Casting news

SHAKESPEARE’S Globe has announced full casting for the next two productions opening in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in February: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Maria Gaitanidi, and Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women, directed by Amy Hodge.

In an exciting and experimental production, roles for The Taming of the Shrew are to be played by different company members at different performances. The full company comprises:

Raymond Anum who graduated from RADA last year and recently appeared in Youth Without God at The Coronet Theatre. Theatre credits while training include Love and Money, Romeo & Juliet, Philistines and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (RADA).

Ryan Ellsworth who returns to the Globe, having performed in a Read Not Dead rehearsed reading of The Custom of the Country in 2017. Other recent theatre work includes The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible), Labyrinth (Hampstead Theatre), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd). His screen work includes Angel of Darkness and Island at War (TV) and A Royal Winter and Bel Ami (film).

Mattia Mariotti whose recent theatre work includes La Mai Banale Banalità del Male (Teatro Instabile Genoa), The Temptation of St Anthony (Venue 45, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and We Long Endure (Barron Theatre, St Andrews). Television includes Invisible Milk.

Evelyn Miller who returns to the Playhouse having appeared in Deep Night Dark Night last year. She was also part of the Globe on Tour 2019 company, where she performed around the world in Pericles, Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night. Her other theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible), The Taming of the Shrew (International Tour), Jane Eyre (National Theatre/UK Tour), Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC).

Laura Moody who is a cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer and theatre performer, returning to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse having worked on 2019’s Deep Night, Dark Night, and 2018’s Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Moody’s other theatre work includes several productions at The National Theatre, tours with Filter Theatre, Meredith Monk Company and the role of the solo cellist in Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre and in the West End. In November 2014, she released her debut solo album Acrobats to major critical acclaim.

James Northcote whose theatre credits include The Lady in The Van (Bath Theatre Royal), Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible), The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Translations (Sheffield Crucible/ETT) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Chichester and Theatre Royal Haymarket). His screen work includes The Last Kingdom and Catherine the Great (TV) and A United Kingdom, The Imitation Game and Anna Karenina (film).

Jude Owusu who returns to the Globe having appeared in Bartholomew Fair and The Merry Wives of Windsor last summer. Other recent theatre work includes Tamburlaine (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemore (Unicorn Theatre). He has also appeared on television in Father Brown, Richard III and The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses.

Paul Ready who returns to the Globe having played the title role in Rob Hastie’s Macbeth last winter. He also performed in Love’s Labours Lost in 2009. His other theatre work includes Measure for Measure (Young Vic), Black Comedy (Chichester Festival Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange), Noises Off (Old Vic), A Woman Killed With Kindness, Waves, St Joan, Major Barbara, Time and the Conways (National Theatre), The Republic of Happiness, Forty Winks, Terrorism, Black Milk and Wastwater (Royal Court).

Ready’s screen work includes Bodyguard, Motherland, Cuffs, The Terror and The Tunnel (TV) and The Death of Stalin, Dresden, Pierrepoint and Angels and Insects (film).

Melissa Riggall whose recent theatre credits include Time for Tea (London Design Festival), Athletes of the Heart (Gecko), Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (Secret Cinema) and Yeguas/Mares (Eden Studios, Berlin). Her films include Madrid, Above the Moon, Love in the Post, Confines and Un Abuso.

Vasilis Sarikis who is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and creative music producer. Film credits include Aladdin and Khalil Gibran The Prophet (music by Gabriel Yared).

Michelle Terry who is Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. She played Hotspur in the Globe Ensemble production of Henry IV Part 1 last summer and appeared as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last winter. She also appeared in Globe Ensemble productions of Hamlet and As You Like It in the summer of 2018. Her other recent stage credits include Katie Mitchell’s Cleansed (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC) and In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court). She won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for Tribes at the Royal Court.

Terry’s television work includes Marcella (Series 2), The Café (Series 1 and 2 – writer and performer) and Extras.

The Taming of the Shrew is designed by Liam Bunster and composed by Laura Moody and Vasilis Sarikis. It runs from Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, April 18, 2020.