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Shakespeare's Globe - casting announced for 2012 season

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING for Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2012 Theatre Season, The Play’s the Thing, has been announced and it includes two time Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro, original History Boys Jamie Parker and Samuel Barnett and Johnny Flynn, who recently performed alongside Mark Rylance in Jerusalem.

The 2012 theatre season opens for public booking on Monday, February 13, 2012 and begins on June 7, 2012 with Henry V, which will also close the ambitious multi-lingual Globe to Globe festival.

Henry V, a continuation of the 2010 productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, will be directed by Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole with Jamie Parker in the title role.

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Toby Frow will direct Samantha Spiro as Katherina in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, which runs from June 23 to October 13.

Spiro will appear at the Globe immediately following her performance in Filumena at the Almeida. Her other stage credits include Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court), her Olivier Award-winning performance in Hello Dolly (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Twelfth Night and Merrily We Roll Along, for which she earned her first Olivier Award (Donmar/West End).

Joining her in the cast of The Taming of the Shrew will be Simon Paisley Day as Petruchio.

His recent theatre credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre and on Broadway) and The Ugly One (Royal Court). On television, he has appeared in Doc Martin, Sherlock, Hustle and Being Human.

The cast of The Taming of the Shrew will also include Michael Bertenshaw (as Gremio), Joseph Timms (Lucentio), Pearce Quigley (Grumio), Helen Weir (the Widow) and Sarah MacRae and Pip Donaghy, both making their debuts at the Globe, as Bianca and Baptista Minola.

Also appearing will be Tom Anderson, David Beames, Jamie Beamish, Patrick Driver, Tom Godwin, Christopher Keegan and Rick Warden.

Samuel Barnett has been cast as Elizabeth and Sebastian alongside Mark Rylance in Richard III (July 14 to October 13) and Twelfth Night (September 22 to October 14) respectively. And Johnny Flynn will play Sebastian’s twin Viola in Twelfth Night and Lady Anne in Richard III.

Samuel Barnett, making his Globe debut, created the role of Posner in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, performing in the original production at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on the international tour. His other National Theatre credits include Women Beware Women and His Dark Materials. Last summer, he played opposite Parker in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Chichester/Haymarket Theatres).

Johnny Flynn, who has recently finished playing Lee in the transatlantic hit, Jerusalem, has also been a regular member of Edward Hall’s Propeller theatre company, acting in several productions including Twelfth Night. His other theatre credits include Richard Bean’s The Heretic (Royal Court). Flynn is also a successful recording artist, whose albums include Been Listening and A Larum.

Creatives involved in the season include Jonathan Fensom, designing again with Dromgoole to recreate the England of the Henry plays, and Mike Britton returning to the Globe following his success last year with Much Ado About Nothing.

Richard III and Twelfth Night will be directed by Tim Carroll, designed by Jenny Tiramani, with music by Claire van Kampen – the creative team behind the original 2002 version of Twelfth Night, whose original practices approach to staging will employ techniques used in Shakespeare’s era to recreate clothing, music and dance.

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Claire van Kampen will also compose for Henry V, thereby continuing her work on Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.