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The Globe's Holy Warriors - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for David Eldridge’s brand new play Holy Warriors, which runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from July 23 (previews from July 19) to August 24, 2014.

Holy Warriors is a kaleidoscopic tale of holy war and bloody revenge in the struggle for Jerusalem that spans continents and centuries – from Richard the Lionheart’s third crusade to Hamas suicide bombings, from the Roman army to George W Bush.

The production is directed by James Dacre, designed by Mike Britton and composed by Jules Maxwell.

The cast comprises Geraldine Alexander, Ignatius Anthony, Peter Bankolé, Satya Bhabha, Jonathan Bonnici, Philip Correia, Jolyon Coy, Kammy Darweish, Paul Hamilton, John Hopkins, Rosie Hilal, Sean Jackson, Sean Murray, Daniel Rabin, Sirine Saba, Alexander Siddig, Merit Ariane Stephanos and Obioma Ugoala.

Holy Warriors is playwright David Eldridge’s first play for Shakespeare’s Globe, although Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole staged Eldridge’s first ever professional play, Serving It Up, at the Bush in 1996. Since then his work has been performed at the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre.

His critically acclaimed stage adaptation of the film Festen transferred to the West End and Broadway, and in 2012 the Royal Court’s production of In Basildon was named the theatre event of the year by the Guardian. His other credits include an adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange, starring Maxine Peake, and Under the Blue Sky at the Duke of York’s Theatre, starring Chris O’Dowd, Catherine Tate and Francesca Annis.

Previously Artistic Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre and Associate Director at Theatre503, James Dacre is currently Artistic Director of the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. In 2009, he developed and directed The Mountaintop by American actress Katori Hall, which transferred from Theatre503 in Battersea to the West End and won the Olivier Award for Best Play. His other credits include King James Bible (National Theatre), Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Alexander Siddig, best known for his long-standing role as Dr Julian Bashir in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will take the role of Saladin. Siddig has played major roles in Syriana, alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and Cairo Time, in which he co-starred with Patricia Clarkson. On television, he has appeared in Spooks, 24, Poirot and Merlin.

Siddig’s previous stage work includes Blood Wedding (Gothenburg City Theatre) and Peter Hall’s Whose Life is it Anyway? (New Ambassadors Theatre).

Geraldine Alexander will play Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her first role at Shakespeare’s Globe was Tamora in Lucy Bailey’s 2006 production of Titus Andronicus, which returned to the Globe this summer with Indira Varma in that role. Alexander’s recent stage performances include Strange Interlude (National Theatre) and The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Downstairs) and her recent TV appearances include Quick Cuts and Shetland for the BBC.

Jolyon Coy plays Philip of France. He recently appeared in the BBC film The Whale alongside Martin Sheen. His other film credits include The Fifth Estate and The Deep Blue Sea. His theatre work includes Posh (Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre), Edward II (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and The Prince of Homburg (Donmar Warehouse). Coy is currently playing Octavius Caesar in the Globe’s production of Antony and Cleopatra.

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