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Full casting announced for Edward II and After Edward at Shakespeare's Globe

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SHAKESPEARE’S Globe has announced full casting for Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, directed by Nick Bagnall, and for Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, directed by Brendan O’Hea.

Examining ancestral relationships and notions of identity, sexuality and power, Marlowe’s Edward II sees King Edward recall his lover, Gaveston, from banishment, setting in motion a chain of events that culminate in some of the most shocking scenes in early modern theatre.

Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, written specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to Edward II, sees Edward return to the stage alone, bloodied and confused. He has no idea where he is, or how he got here, but he does have an ominous feeling that something is wrong.

Performed by the same cast of actors, Edward II opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday, February 7, 2019, followed by After Edward on Thursday, March 21.

The full cast includes: Annette Badland, Richard Bremmer, Richard Cant, Polly Frame, Jonathan Livingstone, Sanchia McCormack, Colin Ryan, Tom Stuart, Beru Tessema and Katie West.

Tom Stuart, writer of After Edward, will play the titular role in both productions. Stuart has appeared as an actor at Shakespeare’s Globe in many productions including The Broken Heart, The Changeling (2015), Romeo & Juliet (2009) and Much Ado About Nothing (2007). He performed in the Battersea Arts Centre’s production of Edward II in 2008. His screen credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, People Just Do Nothing, Psychobitches and A Good Year.

Stuart has been working in film, television and theatre as an actor for 14 years. His first play I Am Not Myself These Days, an adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times bestselling autobiography, was performed by Stuart at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2015) and toured the UK in 2016.

Annette Badland will play Mortimer Senior in Edward II and Gertrude Stein in After Edward. Badland returns to the Globe after appearing in The Winter’s Tale and Eyam earlier this year. Previous theatre credits include Stranger At The Table (Pascal Theatre Company), Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), Kin and Hung Over (Royal Court).

Badland’s screen work includes Shakespeare and Hathaway, EastEnders, Outlander and Father Brown (TV); A Quiet Passion, The Girl in a Bubble and Mother’s Milk (film).

Richard Bremmer is Spencer Senior in Edward II and Leather Man in After Edward, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury in both plays. His previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar. Bremmer was part of the 2017/18 Everyman Company (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse). His other theatre work includes Shakespeare In Love (Noel Coward Theatre) and The Last Days of Troy (Royal Exchange).

Bremmer has also appeared on screen in The Hollow Crown and The Borgias (TV); In Fabric, Swallows and Amazons and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film).

Richard Cant is Earl of Lancaster in Edward II and Quentin Crisp in After Edward. Cant’s previous theatre work includes Maydays (RSC), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and Medea (Almeida Theatre). His television work includes Silent Witness, Taboo and Outlander. He also appears in the upcoming film Mary, Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke.

Polly Frame will play the Earl of Kent in Edward II and Harvey Milk in After Edward. Her recent theatre credits include Thick as Thieves (Clean Break), Jekyll & Hyde (Rose Theatre Kingston), A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck) and Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Her screen work includes Doctors, Coronation Street and Holby City (TV); Macbeth, Half Light and Duplicity (film).

Jonathan Livingstone is Mortimer Junior in Edward II and Edward Alleyn in After Edward. He returns to the Globe after appearing in Daniel Kramer’s Romeo and Juliet in 2017. His other theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Machinal (Almeida Theatre) and The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate). He has also appeared on TV in Chewing Gum.

Sanchia McCormack is Earl of Warwick in Edward II and Margaret Thatcher in After Edward. McCormack returns to the Globe after appearing in Caroline Steinbeis’s The Broken Heart in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2015. Her other theatre work includes Minotaur (Theater Clwyd/Polka Theatre) and One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre). Television credits include The Innocents, Silent Witness and Catastrophe.

Colin Ryan is Spencer Junior in Edward II and Cowboy in After Edward. He returns to the Globe after appearing in Matthew Dunster’s The Secret Theatre in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last year. His other theatre credits include Frankenstein (Royal Exchange) and Snow in Midsummer (RSC). He has also appeared on television in Shakespeare and Hathaway.

Beru Tessema is Gaveston in both productions. Tessema returns to the Globe after appearing in the Globe to Globe festival in 2012 and in several other Globe productions including Matthew Dunster’s The Frontline and Troilus and Cressida (2009) and Dominic Dromgoole’s King Lear (2008). His other theatre credits include Slaves (Theatre 503) and Hanjo (Young Vic Studio).

Katie West is Queen Isabella in Edward II and Dorothy Gale and Maria von Trapp in After Edward. Her other theatre work includes The York Realist (Donmar Warehouse), Uncle Vanya, Chamaco (Home), Lela & Co (Royal Court) and Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre).