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Casting announced for The Snow Queen at Park Theatre

The Snow Queen

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for The Snow Queen. Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen by Charles Way and directed by Abigail Anderson, it runs at Park Theatre (Park200) from December 4, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

The line-up includes Frances Marshall (as The Snow Queen), Ayesha Casely-Hayford (Gerda), Esmonde Cole (Cei/Fred), Sarah-Louise Young (Grandmother/Mrs D/Lily), Justin Brett (Mr Goodman/Daffodil/Bae, the Reindeer), Paula James (Elisa/Mrs Flynn/Snowdrop/Princess Frederica) and Matt Cavendish (John/Bindweed/Robber Queen).

Frances Marshall’s recent stage credits include: Seasons Greetings and Joking Apart (Stephen Joseph Theatre) and The Secret Garden and The Emperor and The Nightingale (Theatre By The Lake). Her screen credits include Capturing Mary (BBC Two).

Ayesha Casely-Hayford is an award-winning voice artist and Off West End Award-nominated actress. Her theatre credits include: The Importance Of Being Earnest (Tara Arts), Where Will We Live? (Southwark Playhouse), We Dance We Work We Sing (Vault Festival and various UK venues), Adult Child Dead Child (Lost Theatre), With You Always (Old Fire Station, Oxford) and the Black Plays series (National Theatre).

Esmonde Cole is a British and Sierra Leonean actor. His theatre credits include: Learning to Swim (Criterion Theatre), Market Boy (Union Theatre) and numerous productions with the Michael Grandage Futures Company. His screen credits include Young Barry White for ITV’s Autopsy.

Sarah-Louise Young (Grandmother/Mrs D/Lily) is an actress, writer, director and internationally renowned cabaret performer. Winner of The UK Stage Award for acting, named one of Time Out magazine’s Top 10 Cabaret Acts and voted Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards, she has also guested with comedy and musical performers Fascinating Aïda and La Soirée, and is a member of the Olivier Award-winning improvised musical group, The Showstoppers.

Most recently her own show Julie Madly Deeply sold out at New York’s 59E59 Theatre. Prior to that, she played Queen Rat in Dick Whittington by Cariad Lloyd at the Lyric Hammersmith. She has appeared in the West End, on BBC Radio 4 and toured internationally, including to the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival and has played numerous parts in television, theatre and short films.

Justin Brett’s theatre credits include: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (West End and UK Tour), Million Dollar Quartet (West End), Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Theatr Clywd), Lost in The Stars (Royal Festival Hall), October Plenty (Shakespeare’s Globe), Blue/Orange (Octagon, Bolton – Nominated Best Actor, MEN Awards), Christmas on Mars (Finborough Theatre) and Jinx, Other Lives, Clowns (Orange Tree Theatre).

His screen credits include: Peep Show, Doctors, War Horse and Gulliver’s Travels.

Paula James’ theatre credits include: Hamlet (Iris Theatre), First Encounters: Comedy of Errors (RSC), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Robin Hood, Julius Caesar (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Dead Reckoning (Five Plays) (Young Vic), Alice in Wonderland (Derby Theatre) and Not With A Whimper (Arcola Theatre).

Matt Cavendish’s theatre credits include: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (West End/UK Tour), Snow White (Oval House), The Midnight Gang (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Biograph Girl (Finborough Theatre – Offie Nomination for best supporting actor in a musical), The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway/West End), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (West End/UK Tour), Lights! Camera! Improvise! (Mischief Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Park Theatre), The Boys From Syracuse (Union Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet/Love’s Labours Lost (Old Red Lion).

His TV credits include: Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC). Cavendish is a member of the Tony and Olivier award winning companies Mischief Theatre and The Showstoppers.

Based on the original 1844 story by the renowned fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, this story follows Gerda as she goes on an epic quest through the seasons to save her best friend Cei before she loses him to endless winter. With the help of bickering flowers, overworked teachers, confused princes and princesses, a talking reindeer and, of course, snowball fights, the pair just might be ready to grow up after all.

Read more about Park200’s current season.