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Full casting announced for A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bridge Theatre

Casting news

GWENDOLINE Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun will lead the cast as Titania/Hippolyta, Oberon/Theseus, Puck and Bottom in Nicholas Hytner’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which runs at the Bridge Theatre from June 11 (previews from June 3) to August 31, 2019.

Joining them will be Paul Adeyefa (as Demetrius), Charlotte Atkinson (Moth), Tessa Bonham Jones (Helena), Jermaine Freeman (Flute), Isis Hainsworth (Hermia), Chipo Kureya (Peasebottom), Francis Lovehall (Starveling), Kevin McMonagle (Egeus), Ami Metcalf (Snout), Jamie-Rose Monk (Snug), Felicity Montagu (Quince), Lennin Nelson-McClure (Mustardseed), Rachel Tolzman (Fairy), Jay Webb (Cobweb) and Kit Young (Lysander).

In Nicholas Hytner’s production, the theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.

Gwendoline Christie is best known for portraying Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. Her theatre credits include Dr Faustus and Mirandolina (Royal Exchange Theatre), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Cymbeline (Barbican Theatre), Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Great Expectations (Royal Shakespeare Company).

On television, Christie’s credits also include Top of the Lake: China Girl by Jane Campion. Her film work includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, In Fabric by Peter Strickland, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as well as the forthcoming production of The Personal History of David Copperfield by Armando Ianucci.

Oliver Chris’ theatre credits include One Man Two Guvnors and King Charles III both of which transferred to the West End and then to Broadway. He was also in the Bridge’s opening production, Young Marx. His other stage work includes Great Britain, Season’s Greetings and Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Closer (Donmar Warehouse), Women and Cyrano de Bergerac (Royal Exchange Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew (Wilton’s Music Hall). He recently directed Ralegh: The Treason Trial at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

On television, Chris has been seen in Motherland, King Charles III, The Musketeers, The Scandalous Lady W, Bluestone 42, Breathless, Silent Witness, Hotel Babylon, Green Wing, The IT Crowd and The Office. His film credits include The Little Stranger, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and The Gathering.

David Moorst won Best Newcomer (Critics’ Circle) and Emerging Talent Award (Evening Standard) a year after graduating from LAMDA. He was at the Bridge Theatre last summer in Allelujah!. His other theatre credits include Shopping and F*cking (Lyric Hammersmith), Into the Woods (Royal Exchange Theatre), Violence and Son (Royal Court) and Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre). His television and film credits include Grantchester, Partners in Crime, Holby City and Peterloo.

Hammed Animashaun was in Barbershop Chronicles, Amadeus and The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bugsy Malone and Secret Theatre (Lyric Hammersmith), Measure for Measure (Young Vic), Hate (Barbican Theatre) and The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (Soho Theatre). His television and film work includes Black Mirror and The Festival.

Tickets: £15 to £69.50 with a limited number of premium seats available. A special allocation of £15 tickets are held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26. To book, call the box office on 0333 320 0051 or visit bridgetheatre.co.uk/.

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