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Casting announced for Shakespeare's Globe's 2018 Winter Season

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CASTING has been announced for Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2018 Winter Season.

MACBETH, directed by Robert Hastie, opens the season and the cast will include Catrin Aaron, Philip Cumbus, Marc Elliott, Joseph Marcell, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Kirsty Rider, Philippine Velge, Kit Young, and real-life husband and wife, Paul Ready and Michelle Terry as fictional husband and wife, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Paul Ready is currently appearing as the Home Secretary’s aide in the BBC’s hit-show Bodyguard. His other screen credits include The Terror (AMC/BT TV), Witness for the Prosecution, Cuffs, Motherland (BBC), Utopia (Channel 4), and Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin. His most recent theatre credits include Measure for Measure (Young Vic), In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court), Noises Off (The Old Vic), and multiple productions at the National Theatre.

Michelle Terry, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, most recently appeared as Hamlet on the Globe stage, and as Adam and other characters in As You Like It. Her other recent stage credits include Katie Mitchell’s Cleansed (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC) and In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court). She won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for Tribes at the Royal Court.

Catrin Aaron will play Lennox. She most recently appeared on the Globe stage as Horatio in Hamlet and Phoebe in As You Like It. Her other credits include Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Sex and the Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse), The Indian Doctor and Casualty (BBC).

Philip Cumbus will play Banquo. Cumbus has appeared in multiple productions at the Globe, most recently in Lucy Bailey’s Comus (2016). His other credits include Girlfriends (ITV), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse), and Jamie Lloyd’s Richard III (Trafalgar Studios).

Marc Elliott will play Ross. His recent credits include Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Othello (Liverpool Everyman), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), and Urinetown (St James Theatre and West End).

Joseph Marcell will play Duncan and Porter. Marcell has appeared in multiple productions at the Globe, most recently in Dominic Dromgoole’s The Tempest. His other credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan (West End), Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Peer Gynt (National Theatre), and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Anna-Maria Nabirye will play Macduff. She most recently appeared on the Globe stage in Boudica (2017). Her other credits include Macbeth, Les Blancs (National Theatre), They Drink it in the Congo (Almeida Theatre), Collateral (BBC2), Waterloo Road (BBC), and Misfits (E4).

Kirsty Rider will play Lady Macduff. Her credits include Machinal (Almeida Theatre), The Great Wave, Saint George and the Dragon (National Theatre), and Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Philippine Velge, who has just graduated from RADA, will play Donalbain.

Kit Young will play Malcolm. He most recently appeared in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse) and Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre).

Robert Hastie is the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. He most recently directed Michelle Terry in the titular role of Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2016).

DOCTOR FAUSTUS, directed by Paulette Randall, will star Pauline McLynn as Mephistopheles. McLynn returns to the Globe having previously played the Queen in Cymbeline as part of Dominic Dromgoole’s final season (2015), and in her critically-acclaimed starring role in The Knight of The Burning Pestle (2014 and 2015). McLynn is best-known for her role as Mrs Doyle in the long-running comedy TV series Father Ted. Her other screen credits include Dave Allen at Peace (BBC/RTÉ), Transformers: The Last Knight, Iris, Angela’s Ashes, Shameless (Channel 4), and EastEnders (BBC).

McLynn’s stage credits include Daisy Pulls It Off (Park Theatre), East is East (Trafalgar Studios), Happy Days (Sheffield Crucible), Greener (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin) and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre).

RICHARD II, co-directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton, will star Andoh in the titular role. Andoh and Linton will co-direct the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as we leave the European Union.

Adjoa Andoh is currently rehearsing as Ulysses in the RSC’s Troilus and Cressida opening next month. She most recently appeared in Leave Taking at the Bush Theatre and Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine, The Odyssey (RSC), Or You Could Kiss Me, His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens, The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre), and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, In the Red And Brown Water (Young Vic). Her screen credits include Death in Paradise, New Tricks, River (BBC), Liar (ITV/AMC), Line of Duty (BBC2), Cucumber (Channel 4), Broadchurch (ITV), and Brotherhood.

Director and writer, Lynette Linton, is soon to direct the UK premiere Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Lynn Nottage. Linton was Associate Director of the Gate Theatre from 2016 to 2017 and was most recently the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse. In September 2017, she was nominated for Best Director at the Stage Debut Awards. She is also a co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment.

This will be the second time Linton and Andoh have teamed up, following their Offie-nominated Assata Taught Me at the Gate Theatre (2017).

The upcoming The Winter’s Tale live cinema broadcast is booked into over 400 cinemas, the largest theatrical footprint the Globe has achieved so far. Bankside audience numbers remain high, whilst the touring productions reached over 16,000 people outside of London. Globe Player continues to provide international audiences with access to over 60 filmed Shakespeare plays, and expanding its digital content, the Globe most recently launched a podcast, Such Stuff.