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Full casting announced for Anders Lustgarten's The Secret Theatre in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere of Anders Lustgarten’s The Secret Theatre. Directed by Matthew Dunster, it runs in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from November 16 to December 16, 2017.

The line up includes Tara Fitzgerald (as Elizabeth I), Edmund Kingsley (Pooley), Cassie Layton (Frances), Sam Marks, Aidan McArdle (Sir Francis Walsingham), David Partridge, Abraham Popoola (John Ballard), Ian Redford (Sir William Cecil, Topcliffe and Palmer) and Colin Ryan (Phelippes).

Aidan McArdle’s previous theatre work includes School for Scandal (Barbican), The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre), Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic) and Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC). His screen credits include The Fall, Humans, Sense 8, Mr Selfridge and Quirke (TV); The Duchess, Me and Orson Welles, Killing Bono and Late Bloomers (film).

Tara Fitzgerald returns to the Globe after appearing as Lady Macbeth in 2016. Her recent stage credits include Gaslight (Northampton Royal), The Winter’s Tale (RSC), Broken Glass (West End) and A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse). Her screen work includes Churchill’s Secret, The Musketeers, Legend, Child 44 and Exodus: Gods and Kings. She recently played the role of Selyse Baratheon in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Abraham Popoola appeared as Badvoc in the Globe’s production of Boudica this summer. He also won Best Actor in The Stage Debut Awards last month. Previous theatre work includes Othello (English Touring Theatre) and The Crossings Plays (Royal Court).

Edmund Kingsley’s previous stage work includes Seven Acts of Mercy, Hecuba (RSC), The Keepers of Infinite Space (Park Theatre) and Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse). His screen work includes Jekyll & Hyde, Breathless and Life in Squares (TV); Madness in the Method, Interlude in Prague, Hernalsian Elysium and An Ordinary Man (film).

Cassie Layton’s credits include Persuasion (Royal Exchange), Macbeth (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Lovesick (Netflix). Her radio work for the BBC includes Home Front, Cassandra at the Wedding, Pilgrim, Chiwawa, Clayton Grange and The Pursued.

Colin Ryan’s recent theatre credits include Snow in Midsummer, Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta (RSC), and Macbeth, The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe). He has also appeared on television in Doctor Who.

Ian Redford last appeared at the Globe in 2010’s Romeo & Juliet. His other theatre credits include Antigone (Royal Exchange), Branded (Old Vic) and All My Sons (Leicester Curve). His screen work includes King Charles III, New Tricks, Party Animals and Coronation Street.

As the nation’s relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, adopts extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. Set in a world of espionage, double-crossing and blackmail, The Secret Theatre explores what we are prepared to sacrifice to ensure our safety.

The Secret Theatre is designed by Jon Bausor.

Also in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: the new musical Romantics Anonymous (October 20, 2017 to January 6, 2018).