Tuesday, 19 August 2014

FULL CAST announced for Twelfth Night at the Sheffield Crucible, then touring the UK

Director: Jonathan Munby; Designer: Colin Richmond; Lighting Designer: Chris Davey; Sound Designer:  Carolyn Downing; Composer: Grant Olding; Movement Director: Lucy Hind

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre today announce the full cast for their co-production ofTwelfth Night. Jonathan Munby directs Michael Benz (Sebastian), Christopher Chilton (Sea Captain/Priest), Jonathan Christie (Valentine/Officer 2), Doña Croll (Maria), Jake Fairbrother (Duke Orsino), David Fielder (Sir Toby Belch), Colm Gormley (Fabian), Ben Hall (Curio/Officer 1), Rebecca Johnson (Olivia), Brian Protheroe (Feste), Rose Reynolds (Viola), Hugh Ross (Malvolio), Milo Twomey(Sir Andrew Aguecheek), and Ross Waiton (Antonio).  

This is the company’s second collaboration with English Touring Theatre following Translations as part of the recent Brian Friel Season.  Following performances at Sheffield Theatres, Twelfth Night embarks on a national tour to Blackpool Grand, Watford Palace, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Hall for Cornwall,Richmond Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton.

‘Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better’

A shipwreck separates twins who start new lives unknowingly in the same land.

Disguise and deception, unrequited love and confusion set the scene for Shakespeare’s touching comedy of mischief, madness and infatuation.

Jake Fairbrother plays Duke Orsino. His theatre work includes Orphan of Zhao, A Life of Galileo, Boris Gudonov (RSC), and Hamlet (National Theatre). For film, his work includes Skyfall.

David Fielder (Sir Toby Belch). His work includes Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Hamlet, Richard III, King John and The Tempest (RSC),The Sunshine Boys (Oldham Coliseum), Bronte (The Watermill) and Waiting for Godot (Manchester Library Theatre – MEN Best Actor Award). For television, his work includes Spatz, Floodtide, A Wanted Man, Widows, Mitch, Two’s Company, Softly Softly and The Naked Civil Servant; and for film, The Pledge, Superman III and Yanks.

Rebecca Johnson returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Olivia. She previously appeared in The Comedy of Errors, also directed by Jonathan Munby. Her other theatre work includes Wendy and Peter (RSC), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Theatre Rose Kingston), The Vortex (Theatre Rose Kingston), The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Happy Breed (Theatre Royal Bath) and Coram Boy (National Theatre). For television, her work includes Suspects, The Trip, Dark Matters, Five Daughters, Beau Brummell, Spooks and Gentlemen’s Relish; and for film, Artificial Horizon, Shackleton andTwo Seconds to Midnight.

Rose Reynolds plays Viola. For theatre, her work includes Titus Andronicus, A Mad World My Masters, Candide (RSC) and Tiger Tail (Nuffield Theatre). For television, her credits include Our Zoo; and for film,The World’s End.

Hugh Ross returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Malvolio. He previously appeared in Hamlet. His other theatre work includes Macbeth, Bent (Trafalgar Studios), A Life (Finborough Theatre), A Plague Over England (Duchess Theatre), Waste (Almeida Theatre), 5/11 (Chichester Festival Theatre), The David Hare Trilogy (Birmingham REP), A Prayer for Owen Meany, Battle Royal, Lady in the Dark (National Theatre) and The Cid (Cheek by Jowl). For television, his work includes The Team, Waterloo Road, Rab C Nesbitt, Jabberwock, Psychoville, Mine all Mine, Sea of Souls, The Cazalets and Sharpe; and for film, Sunset Song, The Iron Lady, Dorian Gray, Young Hannibal, Charlotte Gray, The Four Feathers, Trainspotting and Patriot Games.

Ross Waiton plays Antonio. He previously worked with English Touring Theatre on Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. His other theatre work includes King Lear, Timon of Athens, Antigone, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Much Ado About Nothing and Saint Joan (National Theatre), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2(Theatre Royal Bath), The Tempest/As You Like It (The Bridge Project 2010) and Rutherford and Sons(Northern Stage). For television, his credits include Vera, Identity and G Force; and for film, Pride, Skyfalland Film X.

Jonathan Munby, Creative Associate of English Touring Theatre, returns to Sheffield Theatres to direct. His previous work for Sheffield Theatres includes CompanyA Number (also Menier Chocolate Factory), Bird Calls and The Comedy of Errors. His other work includes A Human Being Died That Night (Hampstead Theatre and South Africa), Wendy and Peter Pan(RSC), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Prince of Homburg, Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), The Dog in the Manger (Washington Shakespeare Theatre Company), The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), Henry V, Mirandolina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Gilgamesh, Firebrand (National Theatre Studio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Shakespeare’s Globe), Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera) and Nakamitsu (Gate Theatre).


18 September – 18 October
Press night: Tuesday 23 September at 7.00pm

Blackpool Grand
21 – 25 October
Box Office: 01253 290 190

Watford Palace
28 October - 1 November
Box Office: 01923 225 671

Cambridge Arts Theatre
4 – 8 November
Box Office: 01223 503 333

Hall for Cornwall
11 – 15 November
Box Office: 01872 262466

Richmond Theatre
18 – 22 November
Box Office: 0844 871 7651

Theatre Royal Brighton
25 – 29 November
Box Office: 0844 871 7627
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