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Full casting announced for Richard II at Shakespeare's Globe

Adjoa Andoh

Casting news

SHAKESPEARE’S Globe has announced the full ensemble for Richard II, which runs in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from February 27 (previews from February 22) to April 21, 2019.

Adjoa Andoh, who will play the title role, and Lynette 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. Read more.

Joining Andoh in the cast will be Dona Croll (as John of Gaunt and the Duchess of York), Shobna Gulati (Duke of York), Ayesha Dharker (Aumerle), Indra Ové (Mowbray and Northumberland), Lourdes Faberes (Bagot and Exton), Leila Farzad (the Queen), Sarah Lam (Duchess of Gloucester and Gardener), Sarah Niles (Bolingbroke) and Nicholle Cherrie (Percy, Green, and Ross).

In 1991, Dona Croll played the first Black Cleopatra in a production of Antony and Cleopatra (Talawa Theatre Company and Liverpool Everyman). Her recent theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), All My Sons (Manchester Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre), Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible), and Heresy of Love (RSC).

Her many screen credits include Adlyn in Hallelujah Anyhow, Ruby In The Smoke, Doctors, EastEnders, Doctor Who, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Birds of a Feather and Family Affairs.

Shobna Gulati is currently playing Ray in the West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She is best-known for her television roles as Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street. Her other TV credits include Hold the Sunset, River City, Edith and Casualty. She is also known for her appearances on Loose Women.

Ayesha Dharker is about to appear at the Kiln Theatre in Stephen Sharkey’s adaptation of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. She most recently appeared in Pericles at the National Theatre, launching their Public Acts initiative. Her other theatre credits include Disconnect, The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), Arabian Nights, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Anita and Me (Birmingham REP and Theatre Royal Stratford East), Dr Faustus (Bristol Old Vic), and Bombay Dreams (West End and Broadway).

Her screen credits include Indian Summers, The Indian Doctor, Doctor Who, Coronation Street, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Outsourced.

Indra Ové’s recent theatre work includes #WeAreArrested (RSC), The Ugly One (Park Theatre), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), and Torn (Royal Court). Her screen credits include Unforgotten, Dark Heart, Marcella, Finding Your Feet, Second Spring and Jurassic.

Lourdes Faberes will soon be appearing in the Amazon/BBC series Good Omens, and in the title role of The Tide Whisperer (National Theatre of Wales). Her other stage credits include Absence (Young Vic), Hidden (Royal Court) and La Bohème (ROH). On television, she has appeared in Grantchester and Doctors.

Leila Farzad previouslyappeared at the Globe for the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival. She most recently appeared in Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre) and Innocent (ITV). Her other credits include Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Twenty Twelve (BBC).

Sarah Lam most recently appeared in Lucky Man (Sky), and The Country Wife (Southwark Playhouse). Her other stage credits include Snow in Midsummer (RSC), Chimerica (Almeida) and World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre). Her television work includes Casualty, Holby City and Sherlock.

Sarah Niles most recently appeared in Leave Taking at the Bush Theatre earlier this year. Her other stage work includes B (Royal Court), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre) and Boy (Almeida). Her television work includes Catastrophe and Moving On. She will also be appearing in Sarah Gavron’s new film Untitled Girls Film, shooting this year.

Nicholle Cherrie most recently appeared in Leave Taking (Bush Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Richard II will be designed by Rajha Shakiry, with music composed by Dominique Le Gendre and movement and fight direction by Yarit Dor. British artist and photographer, Ingrid Pollard, will be photographing and documenting the production and its process.

Relaxed performance: March 28 at 7.30pm.

Audio Described performance: April 14 at 1pm.

Captioned performance: April 17 at 7.30pm.

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