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Richard III - Gina McKee joins cast

Gina McKee

Casting news

GINA McKee (as Queen Elizabeth) will join previously announced Martin Freeman (title role) in Shakespeare’s Richard III. The first production of Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed, it runs at the Whitehall venue from July 1 to September 27, 2014.

In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal.

However, his staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new ruler finds himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, forced to answer for his bloody deeds and face the horrifying consequences.

Gina McKee, who previously worked with Jamie Lloyd on the critically-acclaimed production of The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre in 2008, was last on stage in Di and Viv and Rose at the Hampstead Theatre.

Her other stage credits include her Olivier-nominated performance as Goneril in Michael Grandage’s revival of King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), alongside Derek Jacobi, Old Times (also at the Donmar Warehouse), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ivanov (Wyndhams Theatre for the Donmar Warehouse), The Exonerated (Riverside Studios), Aristocrats (National Theatre), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric Hammersmith) and Hammett’s Apprentice (Royal Court Theatre).

On television, McKee has received numerous BAFTA nominations for her roles in The Street 2, The Lost Prince and Our Friends in the North, for which she won the Best Actress BAFTA. On film, she is best known for her portrayal of Bella in Notting Hill, alongside Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Her other screen work includes Jimmy Picard, Atonement, Hebburn, Line of Duty, By Any Means, The Forsythe Saga, The Borgias and Wonderland, for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the 1999 British Independent Film Awards.

Joining her in the cast of Richard III will be Simon Coombs (as Tyrrel), Philip Cumbus (Richmond), Gerald Kyd (Catesby), Paul Leonard (Stanley), Forbes Masson (Hastings), Paul McEwan (King Edward IV/Bishop of Ely), Mark Meadows (Clarence/Lord Mayor), Lauren O’Neil (Lady Anne), Maggie Steed (Queen Margaret) and Jo Stone-Fewings (Buckingham).

Richard III will be designed by award-winning Soutra Gilmour, who previously collaborated with Jamie Lloyd on the first Trafalgar Transformed season, with lighting by Charles Balfour, sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham and fights by Kate Waters.

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Tickets: £15 – £52.50. Premium seats are available.

NB: All tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, starting on July 1, 2014, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

For more information visit www.trafalgartransformed.com/richard-iii.