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Full casting and UK tour dates announced for the stage adaptation of My Cousin Rachel

Helen George. Photo credit: Alex Lee Johnson.

Casting news

THEATRE Royal Bath Productions has announced full casting and tour dates for a new production of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller My Cousin Rachel.

Adapted by Joseph O’Connor and directed by Anthony Banks, it runs at Theatre Royal Bath (Main House) from November 13 to November 23, 2019, before touring to Inverness, Malvern, Cambridge, Sheffield, Chichester and Richmond (February 3 to February 8, 2020).

As previously announced, Helen George (Trixie Franklin in Call The Midwife) stars in the title role.

She will be joined by Simon Shepherd (as Nicholas Kendall), Jack Holden (Philip Ashley), Christopher Hollis (Guido Rainaldi), John Lumsden (Thomas Connors), Sean Murray (John Seecombe) and Aruhan Galieva (Louise).

Murderess, seducer, thief, enchantress – or merely a woman intent on survival? Alluring, exotic and unconventional, Countess Rachel Sangalletti travels from Florence to the Ashley Estate in Cornwall, home of her recently deceased husband. Her presence in the house arouses dark suspicions and uncontrollable desires, not least in young Philip, cousin and heir to the Ashley home.

Feverish passion battles reason in this classic Gothic romance set in the wild landscape of the rock-ribbed Cornish coast.

Simon Shepherd has appeared in the West End in Hay Fever, Duck House and Posh. His other stage credits include Betrayal (Bristol Old Vic), Anatol (Gate Theatre), Dracula, Romeo and Juliet (Lyric Hammersmith) and Bent (Royal Court). His screen credits include Peak Practice, Shakespeare and Hathaway, Casualty, Father Brown and Riviera (TV); Wuthering Heights and Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V (film).

Jack Holden’s stage credits include Ink (Almeida Theatre/West End), the National Theatre’s War Horse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Shoemakers Holiday (RSC), Oppenheimer (RSC/West End), What the Butler Saw (Leicester Curve), The Crucible (The Yard). On television, he has starred in Outlander, Carnage and Lewis.

Simon Shepherd. Photo credit: Brian Aris.

Christopher Hollis recently completed filming as Captain Ricketts in Season 2 of Das Boot. His other TV credits include The Bill, EastEnders, A Touch of Frost and Brookside. For stage, he has appeared in Mamma Mia! (West End/UK tour), The Nightingales (Theatre Royal Bath), Hamlet, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew (PSF).

John Lumsden is a recent graduate from Mountview Academy. His West End credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) and Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket). He has also appeared in the film Kingsman: The Great Game.

Sean Murray’s stage credits include The Weir (English Touring Theatre), Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale of Two Cities, The Hook (Theatre Royal Northampton), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Northern Stage Company) and The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough Theatre). His TV work includes Casualty, Lewis, Holby City and Robin Hood.

Aruhan Galieva most recently appeared on stage in Twelfth Night at Southwark Playhouse, and previously The Comedy of Errors with the RSC, and Paradise Lost and Much Ado About Nothing with Shakespeare’s Globe. On television, she has appeared in Doctors, Black Mirror and Glasgow Girls.

My Cousin Rachel is designed by Richard Kent, with lighting by David Plater and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Images: Helen George. Photo credit: Alex Lee Johnson (top); Simon Shepherd. Photo credit: Brian Aris (bottom).