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Full casting announced for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Bartholomew Fair

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Casting news

SHAKESPEARE’S Globe has announced full casting for William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Elle While, and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

The Merry Wives of Windsor runs in the Globe Theatre from May 17 to October 12 and Bartholomew Fair runs in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from August 23 to October 12, 2019.

The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live into cinemas from The Globe at 7.30pm on Thursday, June 20.

Pearce Quigley will play Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Quigley is a Globe Associate Artist, having performed in Hamlet and As You Like It as part of the Globe Ensemble last summer. He has been a regular performer at the Globe since 2011, appearing in productions including The Changeling with Hattie Morahan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside Michelle Terry, and Matthew Dunster’s Dr Faustus. His other recent theatre credits include Simon Godwin’s The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre) and The Wolf From the Door (Royal Court).

Hedydd Dylan will play Sir Hugh Evans and Nym in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Winwife in Bartholomew Fair. Dylan’s recent theatre credits include Mother Courage (Royal Exchange), The Cherry Orchard (Sherman Theatre), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (ETT) and The Oresteia (Home). Television work includes Emmerdale and Hinterland.

Sarah Finigan will play Mistress Page. Finigan returns to the Globe having appeared in the 2018 Globe on Tour ensemble, where she performed in Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice. Her other recent theatre work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Bedouin Shakespeare), Deny Deny Deny (Park Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer (Changeling Theatre) and The BFG (Octagon Theatre). Screen credits include Upstart Crow, Call the Midwife, Cuckoo and The Great Fire (TV); Suffragette (film).

Bryony Hannah will play Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Grace in Bartholomew Fair. Hannah’s recent theatre credits include The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Blurred Lines, Earthquakes in London (National Theatre) and Breathing Irregular (The Gate). She is best known for her role as Cynthia Miller in BBC One’s Call the Midwife.

Richard Katz will play Doctor Caius and Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Leatherhead in Bartholomew Fair. Katz is a Globe Associate Artist, having performed in Hamlet and As You Like It as part of the Globe Ensemble last summer. His additional Globe credits include Nell Gwynn, Richard II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre work includes 1984 (Headlong), and The Divide and The Lorax (Old Vic). Katz’ screen credits include MotherFatherSon and Taboo (BBC), All Souls: A Discovery of Witches (Sky) and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Joshua Lacey will play Abraham Slender and Robin in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Littlewit in Bartholomew Fair. Lacey returns to the Globe after appearing in Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night in 2017 and Matthew Dunster’s Imogen in 2016. His other theatre credits include Macbeth, Wonder.Land and Everyman (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park). Screen work includes The Crown, Top Boy and Devs (TV); The Catcher Was a Spy and Murder on the Orient Express (film).

Forbes Masson will play George Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Wasp in Bartholomew Fair. Masson previously appeared in the Globe’s premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica, directed by Eleanor Rhode, in 2017. His recent theatre work includes Summer and Smoke (Almeida/West End), Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park), Terror (Lyric Hammersmith) and Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End). Screen credits include Father Brown (BBC), Catastrophe (Avalon) and Shetland: Dead Water (ITV).

Anne Odeke will play Host and Peter Simple in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Mistress Overdo in Bartholomew Fair. Odeke returns to the Globe after appearing in The Comedy of Errors, directed by Blanche McIntyre in 2014. Her other recent credits include Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon (Wrong Crowd), Women In Power (Nuffield Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Storyhouse), Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep) and The Crucible (Royal Lyceum).

Jude Owusu will play Frank Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Quarlous in Bartholomew Fair. Owusu’s recent theatre credits include playing the title role in Michael Boyd’s Tamburlaine (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park) and Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemore (Unicorn Theatre). Television includes Father Brown.

Anita Reynolds will play Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Dame Purecraft in Bartholomew Fair. Reynolds’ recent theatre credits include ear for eye (Royal Court), Absolute Hell (National Theatre) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre). Her screen work includes Rellik, Keeping Faith and Stella (TV); Wild Geese and Telling Tales (film).

Boadicea Ricketts will play Anne Page and John Rugby in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Win Littlewit in Bartholomew Fair. Ricketts’ recent theatre credits include Tonight at 8:30 (Jermyn Street Theatre) and East (King’s Head Theatre), both of which gained Offie nominations. Theatre credits while training include The Crucible, Richard III and The Wives’ Excuse (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama).

Dickon Tyrrell will play Robert Shallow in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Overdo in Bartholomew Fair. Tyrrell has appeared in many Globe productions including Dominic Dromgoole’s Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar, and Adele Thomas’s The Oresteia. His other recent theatre credits include Labour of Love (Noel Coward Theatre) and Anatomy of a Suicide (Royal Court).

Zach Wyatt will play Fenton and Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Cokes in Bartholomew Fair. Wyatt’s previous theatre credits include Wild East (Young Vic) and I And You (Hampstead Theatre). Credits while training include Paradise Lost, Saved, Antony and Cleopatra, Oedipus Rex and The Cherry Orchard (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

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