The Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Medea. Rupert Goold directs Euripides’ masterpiece, as one of world drama’s most infamous characters is brought to life in a new version by controversial feminist writer Rachel Cusk.
Alongside the previously announced Kate Fleetwood, who makes her Almeida debut in the title role, the cast will include Michele Austin, Guillarmo Bedward, Sarah Belcher, Amanda Boxer, Richard Cant, Ruth Everett, Georgina Lamb, Emily Mytton, Charlotte Randle, Lukas Rolfe, Justin Salinger, Louis Sayers, Sam Smith, Xavier Moras Spencer, Andy de la Tour and Joseph West.
Medea’s marriage is breaking up. And so is everything else. Testing the limits of revenge and liberty, Euripides’ seminal play cuts to the heart of gender politics and asks what it means to be a woman and a wife.
Design is by Ian MacNeil, costume by Holly Waddington, composition and sound by Adam Cork and choreography by Scott Ambler. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.
Rachel Cusk was selected by Granta as one of their Best Young British Novelists in 2003. Author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction, she won the Whitbread First Novel Award for Saving Agnes, a Somerset Maugham Award for The Country Life, and was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Arlington Park. Her latest novel, Outline, was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Kate Fleetwood is currently appearing in Maria Friedman’s production of the Cole Porter musical High Society at the Old Vic, having previously been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for her performance in the National Theatre’s London Road. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Tony Awards for her role as Lady Macbeth in Rupert Goold’s acclaimed production of Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre/ West End/ Broadway). Her other theatre credits include King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost (both National Theatre), Hecuba and Life is a Dream (both Donmar Warehouse), The Winter’s Tale/ Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Tempest and The Two Noble Kinsmen (both Shakespeare’s Globe), and Our New Girl (Bush Theatre). On film she has appeared in the BAFTA-winning Philomena, London Road, Les Miserables and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Michele Austin has previously appeared at the Almeida in Tom Cairns’ production of The Chain Play. Other theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible), The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre), I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre) and To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Michele’s television credits include The Casual Vacancy, Death in Paradise, Holby City and EastEnders (all BBC). On film, Michele has appeared in What We Did on Our Holidays, Parking Wars, Another Year and The Infidel.
Guillarmo Bedward is making his Almeida stage debut in Medea. Previous theatre credits include Have Your Circumstances Changed? (Artangel). On film, Guillarmo has appeared in Pan.
Sarah Belcher returns to the Almeida having previously appeared in Chaste Maid in Cheapside and Ghost Ward. Other recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night and The Accrington Pals (both Royal Exchange), Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Comedy of Errors (all Royal Shakespeare Company). Sarah’s recent television credits include Doctors, The Musketeers and Tales from the Old Bailey (all BBC).
Amanda Boxer is returning to the Almeida stage having previously appeared in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, also directed by Rupert Goold. Recent theatre credits include Harvey (National Tour), Relative Values (Theatre Royal Bath/ West End), Speed Twins (Riverside Studios) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse). On television, Amanda has recently appeared in Casualty, Silent Witness and Doctors (all BBC). Film credits include Chatroom, Malice in Wonderland and Saving Private Ryan.
Richard Cant’s recent theatre credits include The Trial (Young Vic), My Night with Reg (Donmar Warehouse/ West End) and War Horse (National Theatre). Richard’s recent television credits include Outlander (Starz), Mapp and Lucia and Vexed (both BBC). On film, Richard has appeared in Sparkle and Lawless Heart.
Ruth Everett has recently appeared on stage in Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Home), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Cheek By Jowl) and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe). Ruth’s television credits include Sherlock, Holby City (both BBC) and The Bill (Talkback TV).
Georgina Lamb’s previous theatre credits include Othello (Globe Theatre), Green Living (Old Vic New Voices), Stockholm (Frantic Assembly/ Hampstead Theatre) and Frankenstein (Royal and Derngate). Georgina has recently appeared on television in Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Some Dogs Bite, EastEnders and Doctors (all BBC).
Emily Mytton’s recent theatre credits include The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk), The 39 Steps (West End), War Horse and From Morning to Midnight (both National Theatre). Emily’s television credits include Elizabeth (BBC).
Charlotte Randle has previously worked with Rupert Goold on Decade and King Lear for Headlong. Other recent stage credits include Deluge (Hampstead Theatre), Birdland (Royal Court), The Lyons (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The King’s Speech (Tour and West End). On television, Charlotte has recently appeared in The Trials of Jimmy Rose (ITV), Legacy and Silent Witness (both BBC). Charlotte’s film credits include Being Considered, The Honest Courtesan and The Token King.
Lukas Rolfe’s previous theatre credits include A Doll’s House (West End) and Man of Mode (Young Actor’s Theatre). On television, Lukas has appeared in Grantchester (ITV). Lukas’ film credits include Miss You Already and Fury.
Justin Salinger returns to the Almeida stage having previously appeared in Through A Glass Darkly, directed by Mike Attenborough and Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Dona Rosita. Other recent theatre credits include Love and Information (Royal Court), The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse), The Homecoming (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre). Justin’s television credits include Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), The Mill (Darlow Smithson) and Ripper Street (Tiger Aspect Productions). On film, Justin has appeared in Crowhurst, Everest and Enduring Love amongst other credits.
Louis Sayers has previously appeared in 50 Words for Snow (Royal Festival Hall).
Sam Smith makes his professional stage debut in Medea.
Xavier Moras Spencer makes his professional stage debut in Medea.
Andy de la Tour returns to the Almeida stage having previously appeared in Celebration, directed by Harold Pinter. Other recent theatre credits include People (National Theatre), The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse), The Last Yankee (Print Room) and Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre). Andy’s recent film credits include Rogue One, Le Confessioni, Dough, 44 Inch Chest and Oliver Twist. For the Almeida Andy also co-wrote and directed Snogging Ken.
Joseph West’s previous theatre credits include God Bless the Child (Royal Court), Merrily We Roll Along and Billy Elliot The Musical (both West End). Joseph’s television credits include Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, It’s Kevin and Ministry of Curious Stuff (all BBC). On film, Joseph has appeared in Les Miserables and both Nativity 1 & 2.
23 July – 19 September 2015
a new version by Anne Carson
directed by James Macdonald
25th September – 14th November 2015
a new version by Rachel Cusk
directed by Rupert Goold
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