English Touring Theatre, which is celebrating its 21st birthday throughout 2014, announces the full casting for its upcoming revival of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Howard Brenton’s Eternal Love, previously titled In Extremis.
Cast previously announced, David Sturzaker and Jo Herbert will be playing the lead roles of legendary lovers Abelard and Heloise.
Full cast: Sam Crane (Bernard of Clairvaux), Edward Peel (Fulbert), Rhiannon Oliver (Denise), Tim Frances (William of Champeaux), Julius D’Silva (Louis VI), John Cummins (Alberic), William Mannering(Lotholf), Sally Edwards (Helene) with Claire Bond, Robert Heard, Daisy Hughes, Tom Kanji, Kevin Leslie, Holly Morgan and Sid Sagar.
The production will be directed by John Dove, designed by Michael Taylor and composed by William Lyons. Lighting designed by Paul Russell and sound design by Derrick Zieba.
Eternal Love tells the story of an ill-fated affair between philosophy teacher Abelard and his student Heloise, and the controversial and radical views which led them to question key figures and beliefs of the day.
This production of Eternal Love marks the inaugural tour of the National Touring Group (NTG), a consortium of 8 major venues across the UK which aims to bring high quality and ambitious theatre to areas of the country that fundamentally rely on touring for their arts provision.
English Touring Theatre Director, Rachel Tackley, is quoted as saying: “The aim of the National Touring Group is to bring productions of a size and ambition rarely seen on tour to audiences nationwide, whilst simultaneously giving much-deserved further life to fantastic, critically acclaimed shows. We are thrilled that audiences across the country will have the opportunity to see David Sturzaker and Jo Herbert reunite on stage, leading such a brilliant cast, in another fabulous Globe production.”
The National Touring Group venues are: Blackpool Grand, Darlington Civic Theatre, Hall for Cornwall, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Malvern Theatres and the Wolverhampton Grand.
English Touring Theatre official website http://www.ett.org.uk
Thursday 9th January 2014