Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have announced casting for As You Like It. Directed by Max Webster, the production plays 6th July – 28th July 2018.
Olivia Vinall and Edward Hogg take the roles of Rosalind and Orlando, with Keziah Joseph and Beruce Khan in the roles of Celia and Oliver. Danny Kirrane plays Touchstone with Maureen Beattie as Jaques
With original music by former ‘Noah and Whale’ frontman Charlie Fink, also joining the cast are Amy Booth-Steel (Audrey/Singer), Me’sha Bryan (Amiens/Singer), Joanne McGuinness (Phoebe/Singer), Jacade Simpson (Silvius/Singer), Jack Beale (Le Beau/Actor Musician) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (William/Actor Musician)
Completing the cast are: Simon Armstrong (Duke Fredrick/Duke Senior), Gary Lilburn (Adam/Martext), Kristian Phillips (Charles the Wrestler/Jaques De Boys) and John Stahl (Corin).
In the mythical Forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. This warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it.
Olivia Vinall (Rosalind) recently played the dual roles of Laura Fairlie and Anne Catherick in BBC1’s new adaptation of The Woman in White. Previous credits include The Chekhov Trilogy (Chichester Festival/National Theatre) in the roles of Nina (The Seagull), Sofya (Platonov) and Sasha (Ivanov); Hilary in The Hard Problem, Cordelia in King Lear, and Desdemona in Othello (National Theatre) and, on television, Maigret and Apple Tree Yard.
Edward Hogg (Orlando) recently appeared as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he has also appeared in The God of Soho, Measure for Measure, The Tempest and The Storm. Other credits include Our Class, The Pillowman (National Theatre); Pictures from an Exhibition, Our Country’s Good (Young Vic); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court/Duke of Yorks) and King Lear (RSC). Films include Once Upon a Time in Warsaw, Adult Life Skills, Mary Queen of Scots, The Comedian and White Lightnin’. Television credits include Harlots, Taboo, Indian Summers, and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Keziah Joseph (Celia) recently played Mowgli in The Jungle Book (UK Tour). Previous theatre credits include Kanye the First (HighTide Tour) and Silver Lining (Rose Theatre, Kingston).
Beruce Khan (Oliver) previously appeared at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Henry V. Other recent credits include Feste in Twelfth Night and John Forster/Young Marley in A Christmas Carol (RSC); Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe International Tour); Romeo and Juliet, What You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Madness of George III, The History Boys (UK Tour) and The Black Album (National Theatre).
Danny Kirrane (Touchstone) previously appeared in A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath); Three Sisters (Young Vic); Boys, Romeo and Juliet (Headlong); The History Boys (National Theatre) and Jerusalem (Royal Court/Apollo/Broadway). Television credits include Poldark, Game of Thrones, Wasted, Doctor Thorne and New Blood, with film credits including Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Maureen Beattie (Jaques) has appeared extensively at the RSC, including The Histories, Titus Andronicus and Macbeth, and recently appeared in The Ferryman (Gielgud), Yerma (Young Vic) and Neaptide (National Theatre). She also appeared in The Cherry Orchard, and Max Webster’s production of The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).
Simon Armstrong (Duke Fredrick/Duke Senior) has appeared in The Winter’s Tale, Pericles and Hamlet (Tour) for Shakespeare’s Globe, with television credits including Game of Thrones and The Hollow Crown. Gary Lilburn (Adam/Martext) has appeared in The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Michael Grandage Company); Calendar Girls (Chichester Festival/West End); The Weir (Royal Court) and in the film Philomena. Kristian Phillips (Charles the Wrestler/Jaques De Boys) appeared in Richard III (Almeida); as Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour) and Season’s Greetings (Theatre Clwyd). John Stahl (Corin) has appeared regularly at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and Traverse Theatre, and recently appeared in Max Webster’s production of The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh). Film credits include Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rouke, and Victoria and Abdul.
Amy Booth-Steel (Audrey/Singer) appeared in Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); Betty Blue Eyes (Mercury Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Light Princess and One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre). Me’sha Bryan (Amiens/Singer) recently appeared as The Washing Machine in Caroline or Change (Chichester Festival/Hampstead), Joanne McGuinness (Phoebe/Singer) in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre/Melbourne Festival) and Jacade Simpson (Silvius/Singer) in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales). Jack Beale (Le Beau/Actor Musician) played the Guy in Once (Phoenix) and appeared in The Lorax (Old Vic); Spend, Spend, Spend (The Watermill) and Brief Encounter (UK Tour/Kneehigh). Silas Wyatt-Barke (William/Actor Musician) appeared in The Lorax (Old Vic); Forty Years On (Chichester Festival) and Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter).
As You Like It is directed by Max Webster, with design by Naomi Dawson. Movement direction is by Polly Bennett, original music composed by Charlie Fink, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Gareth Fry, casting by Lotte Hines and musical direction and arrangements by Phil Bateman. The Season Associate Director (Voice & Text) is Barbara Houseman.
Other productions in the 2018 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (until 15 June), Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in a co-production with English National Opera (22 – 30 June), Dinosaur World Live for ages 3+ (14 August – 09 September) and the mean green monster musical, Little Shop of Horrors (03 August – 15 September). There’s MOREoutdoor on Sundays with The Guilty Feminist (15 July), Joe Lycett (22 July), Jimmy Carr (12 August), Simon Amstell (19 August), and The Luna Cinema presents screenings of Spice World (26 August), The Greatest Showman (02 September) and Alien (09 September).
AS YOU LIKE IT TICKETS
REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
6th – 28th July 2018