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The Tempest - full casting announced

Casting update

FULL casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from September 6 (previews from August 27) to October 29, 2011.

Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero, are Nicholas Lyndhurst (as Trinculo), Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano).

Completing the cast are Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook, Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.

Although Nicholas Lyndhurst is best known for his roles in the award-winning BBC series Only Fools and Horses and Goodnight Sweetheart, he has also appeared on screen in Butterflies, The Two of Us, The Piglet Files, Gulliver’s Travels, After You’ve Gone and Rock and Chips (TV); Endless Nights, Bequest To The Nation, Bullshot, Gunbus and Lassie (film).

His theatre credits include Straight and Narrow (Aldwych Theatre), The Foreigner (Albery Theatre), Harding’s Luck (Greenwich Theatre), Trial Run (Oxford Playhouse) and, most recently, The Dresser (Duke of York’s Theatre), for which he received critical acclaim for his performance as Norman.

Tom Byam Shaw, who graduated from Guildhall in 2010, has previously appeared on stage in Salome (Hampstead Theatre) and Les Parents Terribles (Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios). His screen credits include Grand Street (film); A Room with a View and The Bill (TV).

Elisabeth Hopper returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to play Miranda having made her professional stage debut playing a courtier in Trevor Nunn’s current production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Chris Andrew Mellon is currently playing The Player in Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His other recent theatre credits include Aspects of Love, directed by Trevor Nunn, and La Cage aux Folles, directed by Terry Johnson, both for the Menier Chocolate Factory. For two years, he was a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, appearing in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America, both at the Criterion Theatre.

Julian Wadham‘s West End theatre credits include That Face (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Plenty (Albery Theatre). He has worked extensively for the National Theatre, most recently playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, as well as for the Royal Court where his many credits include Serious Money.

On screen, he has appeared as Madox in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (with Ralph Fiennes) and William Pitt in Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George. His other screen credits include Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Maurice, The Secret Agent, Wah Wah and the forthcoming War Horse and Iron Lady (film); Foyles War, My Boy Jack and Downton Abbey (TV).

Clive Wood was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Trevor Nunn’s production of Flare Path. He is certainly no stranger to Shakespeare having played the title role in Henry IV, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Claudius in Hamlet and MacDuff in Macbeth, all for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On screen, his credits include Land Girls and Waking the Dead (TV); Treasure Island and Buster (film).

Produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Duncan C Weldon, Paul Elliott and Terri and Timothy Childs, The Tempest has set and costume designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Shaun Davey.

During the run of The Tempest, three apprentices from Masterclass will shadow members of the creative team. Since it was created in 1998, Masterclass has established itself as the leading provider of free training for young people interested in engaging with and being inspired by theatre.

Masterclass will also be holding a Gala Performance of The Tempest on September 15, 2011, to support the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust. Tickets for the Gala are from £100 – £250. For more information, visit www.masterclass.org.uk/.

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