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Casting Announced for Romeo & Juliet – Guildford Shakespeare Company

Guildford Shakespeare CompanyThe award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company, are proud to announce the casting for their opening production of 2018. Featuring HARRIET THORPE as the Nurse, this will be a site-responsive production staged in Surrey’s largest Georgian church, Holy Trinity.

HARRIET THORPE is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses, best known for her roles in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, THE BRITTAS EMPIRE, FRENCH & SAUNDERS, THE COMIC STRIP and feature films CALENDAR GIRLS and AB FAB THE MOVIE. Her theatre credits include West End hits WICKED and MAMMA MIA!, as well as numerous appearances at THE NATIONAL THEATRE, most recently in Richard Bean’s GREAT BRITAIN.

Harriet Thorpe
Harriet Thorpe

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Harriet as part of the company for Romeo & Juliet” explains Co-Founder Matt Pinches, “Her wonderful comic timing and warmth are the perfect ingredients for Juliet’s Nurse. This is a famously tragic love-story, but there is also a lot of joy in the play, and that is fuelled by characters like the Nurse.

The title roles will be played RICKY OAKLEY and LUCY PEARSON. Ricky joins GSC for the first time, whilst Lucy last worked with the company in 2015, playing Alice in their promenade production of Alice in Wonderland, staged to
celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the book’s publication, and Guildford’s links to Lewis Carroll.

There are number of actors joining GSC for the first time, including GORDON COOPER (Lord Capulet) who has been touring the world with STICKMAN, and has been a regular at the KING’S THEATRE in Glasgow, ROBERT ELKINS
(Benvolio) who toured this summer with the LORD CHAMBERLAIN’S MEN, and appeared in BBC TV’s PEAKY BLINDERS, and RIKKI LAWTON (Tybalt/Paris) who is a regular voice over artist for BBC RADIO and has enjoyed a number of seasons at THE MILL AT SONNING.

Romeo & Juliet DVDActors who have previously worked for GSC include NOEL WHITE (Friar Lawrence) who in 2017 played Merlin in The Legend of King Arthur and the title role in Julius Caesar, and JACK WHITAM (Mercutio) who appeared in this
summer’s double-bill of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Demetrius/Flute, and Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. GSC Co-Founders SARAH GOBRAN (Lady Capulet) and MATT PINCHES (Prince) complete the cast.

As a site-responsive production, Romeo & Juliet will be set in the late-Georgian period. The venue, Holy Trinity Church, was completed in 1764.

Director/Designer team CHARLOTTE CONQUEST (NATIONAL THEATRE, SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE) and NIEL IRISH (ENO, OPERA HOLLAND PARK, WATERMILL THEATRE) return to the company following their recent collaboration on this summer’s 5 STAR The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Joining them are MATT EATON (Sound Designer) and PETER HARRISON (Lighting). The production will also feature choral music composed by MARY MCADAM.

Romeo + Juliet [DVD] [1996]
Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor),‎ Claire Danes (Actor),‎ Baz Luhrmann (Director, Producer, Writer)

Harriet Thorpe Nurse
Gordon Cooper Lord Capulet
Robert Elkins Benvolio
Sarah Gobran Lady Capulet
Rikki Lawton Tybalt/Paris

Ricky Oakley Romeo
Lucy Pearson Juliet
Matt Pinches Prince
Jack Whitam Mercutio
Noel White Friar Lawrence

Director Charlotte Conquest
Designer Neil Irish
Choral Music Composer Mary McAdam
Sound Designer Matt Eaton
Lighting Designer Peter Harrison
Assistant Designer Anett Black
Assistant Director Indiana Lown Collins
Fight Director Philip d’Orléans
Producers Sarah Gobran/Matt Pinches

Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1RR
3 – 24 February (no perfs Sundays)


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