Ahead of celebrating Shakespeare400, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce their full casting for Henry V.
As previously announced, Olivier Award-winning actress Michelle Terry plays the title role in Henry V. With a wealth of Shakespearean roles to her credit, Terry is most noted for her numerous roles at The Globe, RSC and the National, as well as Privacy (Donmar Warehouse) and Before the Party (Almeida). In 2011 she was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ at the Olivier Awards for her portrayal of Sylvia in the Royal Court Theatre production of Tribes.
Charlotte Cornwell takes the role of Chorus. Most recently seen at the RSC as Gertrude in Hamlet and the Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well, Cornwell’s theatre, film and TV career spans both sides of the Atlantic, including US productions of The History Boys, An Enemy of the People, Master Class and A Little Night Music.
David Sibley plays the Archbishop of Canterbury, the King of France and Sir Thomas Erpingham. Sibley recently appeared in BBC’s War and Peace, as well as Edward II (National), Public Enemy, Sweet Nothings and Uncle Vanya (Young Vic) and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC).
The role of Princess Katherine will be taken by Ben Wiggins, whose recent credits include Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Middle Temple Hall), as well as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for Changeling Theatre. Katherine’s maid, Alice will be played by Joy Richardson. Joy’s extensive career includes Paulina in Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale, the Nurse in Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre) as well as Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.
Ancient Pistol is played by Philip Arditti, whose recent credits include As You Like It (National), The Danish Girl and he played Uday Hussein in HBO/BBC drama, House of Saddam. Phil Cheadle takes the role of Bardolph having recently appeared in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre), and in Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II (Globe).
Also confirmed are Catrin Aaron (Captain Fluellen), Alex Bhat (The Dauphin), Raphael Bushay (Duke of Warwick), Ryan Ellsworth (Duke of Exeter), Polly Frame (Captain Jamy), Beruce Khan (Duke of Burgundy), Syrus Lowe (Duke of Bedford), Jack McMullen (Michael Williams), Dyfrig Morris (Duke of Westmoreland), Jess Regan (Captain McMorris), Cat Simmons (Captain Gower), and Dwane Walcott (Constable of France).
Recently announced as the new Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Henry V is directed by Donmar Associate Director Robert Hastie (Splendour, My Night with Reg). The production is designed by Anna Fleischle, winner of both the Evening Standard Award and Olivier Award for Hangmen. A New Adventures Award winner, Movement Direction is by John Ross, who was named, in 2015, as one of the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s ‘32 Ones to Watch’. Music composition is by Yaron Engler, whose 20 year career as a musician, composer and project collaborator, spans the UK, US, Spain and Israel. Lighting Design is by Joshua Carr (Hangmen), and Sound Design is by Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph, whose previous Open Air Theatre credits include Lord of the Flies, Hobson’s Choice, and the UK tour of To Kill a Mockingbird.
The 2016 season also includes Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, adapted for the stage by Samuel Adamson (13 May – 12 June), Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar (15 July – 27 August) and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade (2 Sep – 17 Sep).
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NU