Lazarus Theatre Company are proud to announce that Luke Ward-Wilkinson will play the role of King Edward II in Marlowe’s epic gay play, Edward II.
“I am extremely humbled and excited to have the opportunity to portray one of England’s most reviled Kings in one of the most iconic plays ever written. I cannot wait to get stuck into the text and discover this incredible play with the company!” Luke Ward-Wilkinson on the announcement of his casting.
Luke Ward-Wilkinson’s Previous stage credits include; Ralph, Lord of the Flies, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel. Cupid, Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House. Other credits include; Alex Kennedy, Doctors, BBC, Elizabeth Newman. Owen Woodward, Luther, BBC, Sam Miller. Rob, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Independent, Donald Rice. Simon Donovan, Beautiful People – Series 2, BBC, David Kerr. Simon Donovan, Beautiful People – Series 1, BBC, Gareth Carrivick. Look Around, BBC. Percival Beauciere, Sharpe’s Peril, ITV, Tom Clegg. Evan Trevanian, Wild at Heart – Series 1, 2, 3, 4, ITV, Various.
Returning to the company Lakesha Cammock plays the role of Queen Isabella. Previous Lazarus credits include: Aniko, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Greenwich Theatre. Previous credits include; Lead Singer, Railway Ball, Gary Lloyd, Boss Creative Entertainment. Hell’s Angel, Hot Stuff, Kevin Shaw, Coliseum Theatre. Cornish, STOMP!, Luke Cresswell, Ambassadors Theatre. Ensemble/Cover Gloria Jones, 20th century Boy, Gary Lloyd, UK tour. Ikette, The Turner Experience, Gary Lloyd, Boss Creative Entertainment. Squeak/ Cover Nettie, The color Purple, John Doyle, Menier Chocolate Factory.
Making his Lazarus and professional debut Bradley Frith plays the role of Gaveston. Jamie O’Neill (Previous Lazarus credits include; Supervacuo, The Revengers Tragedy, Gavin Harrington-Odedra , The Brockley Jack) also returns to the company as Mortimer. Alex Zur (Alexander, Dying For It, Andrew Norton, Corbett Theatre. Macduff, Macbeth, Ian Henderson, Corbett Theatre) and John Slade (Talthybius, The Trojan Women, Pip O’Neill and Luke Ofield, Streatham Hill Theatre. Oliver, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Jess Barton, Stockwell Playhouse) take on the roles of Kent and Warwick respectively.
Stephen Emery (Lazarus Credit include; Cosroe/Orcanes, Tamburlaine the Great, Ricky Dukes and Gavin Harrington-Odedra, The Tristan Bates. Pentheus, The Bacchae, Gavin Harrington-Odedra, Blue Elephant Theatre. Other Credits include; Ensemble, Lord of the Rings, Matthew Warchus, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Ensemble, Carousel, Lindsay Posner, Savoy Theatre) returns to the company to play Lancaster.
Andrew Gallo (Mick Avory, Sunny Afternoon, Edward Hall, UK Tour. David Copperfield/Nicholas Nickelby, Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged, Adam Long, UK Tour. Hugh Dorsey, Parade, James Baker, Hope Mill Theatre. Fosco, Saturday Night Fever, Ryan McBride, Theatre Royal Bath.) plays the role of Mortimer Senior and David Clayton, (Cliff, Dea, Edward Bond, Sutton Theatre. Jack, The Superhero, Phoebe Ladenburg, Lyric Hammersmith) plays Pembroke.
The King is dead. His son, Edward II, is crowned King. His first act: to call home from banishment his lover, Gaveston. Marlowe’s gay epic comes to the stage in a fresh, bold and stripped back ensemble production marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Lazarus is an award-winning theatre company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience. Edward II is directed by Lazarus Artistic Director, Ricky Dukes.
Dates 22nd August – 9th September 2017, Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
The Tristan Bates Theatre
Edward II – Luke Ward-Wilkinson
Queen Isabella – Lakesha Camock
Gaveston – Bradley Frith
Mortimer – Jamie O’Neil
Mortimer Senior – Andrew Gallo
Kent – Alex Zur
Warwick – John Slade
Lancaster – Stephen Emery
Pembroke – David Clayton
Written by Christopher Marlowe
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Ben Jacobs
Sound Design by Jack Barton