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Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Summer 2019 tour

Casting news

BRENDAN O’Hea returns to direct Globe on Tour, where a company of eight actors will once again offer audiences around the world a trio of plays which this year explore the themes of refuge and displacement.

Continuing last summer’s experiment, which revived the Shakespearean tradition of allowing audiences to vote for the play they’d like to see, this year’s audiences will cast their votes for The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night or Pericles, all stories of lost families, new homes, and what it means to belong.

The tour will return to the Globe stage for Refugee Week (June 17 – 23) as part of a wider programme of events in which refugee artists, performers and audiences will all share their stories.

Director Brendan O’Hea says: “I’m so pleased to be back on the road with the Touring Ensemble, transporting the spirit of the Globe around the world with simple, clear storytelling which brings Shakespeare to all. This year we’ll be setting out across the UK, Europe and beyond performing Shakespeare’s refuge plays: three stories of displacement, scattered families and what it means to be at home.

“At a time in which so many people, communities and whole countries are wrestling with their sense of belonging, there couldn’t be a better time to journey out with this particular trio of plays. And, like the Elizabethan touring players before us, we will leave the choice of play to the most powerful person in the room: the audience.”

A director, actor, and education practitioner, Brendan O’Hea directed last year’s Globe on Tour, and has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare’s Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014). He is also directing Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday, March 21.

Isabel Marr, who assistant directed last year’s tour alongside O’Hea, returns this year as Associate Director.

Colin Campbell will play Sir Toby Belch and the Priest in Twelfth Night, the titular role in Pericles and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. Campbell most recently appeared in Scotties at Theatre Gu Leor. After graduating from the Lír Academy in Dublin, his theatre credits include Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios, Irish Repertory Theatre, New York), Dublin by Lamplight (The Corn Exchange, Dublin) and East of Berlin (Project Arts Centre).

Mark Desebrock will play Malvolio and Antonio in Twelfth Night, Cleon and Simonides in Pericles and Egeon and Angelo in The Comedy of Errors. Desebrock’s stage credits include Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre), Cis and Barbiche (York Theatre Royal, UK and Australian tour) and Moliere, or The League of Hypocrites (Finborough Theatre). He was also the winner of the UK’s Monologue Slam in 2016 (Theatre Royal Stratford East). His screen credits include Fungus the Bogeyman (Sky) and Bright Star directed by Jane Campion.

Andrius Gaucas will play Olivia in Twelfth Night, Antiochus and Pander in Pericles and Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Gaucas graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2017, where his credits whilst training include Fen, People Places and Things, Cymbeline and Spain. Prior to this, he starred in Hamlet and a number of productions at the National Kaunas Drama Theatre in Lithuania.

Beau Holland will play Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, Dionyza in Pericles and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. Holland’s recent theatre work includes A Christmas Carol (Bristol Old Vic), The Taming of the Shrew (Circomedia), Welcome to Thebes (Tobacco Factory) and How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found (The Station). He won the Peter O’Toole Prize 2018/19 after graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Natasha Magigi will play Feste in Twelfth Night, Gower in Pericles and Abbess and Balthazar in The Comedy of Errors. She returns to Shakespeare’s Globe, having appeared in Shakespeare Within the Abbey in 2017 and Lucy Bailey’s Comus in 2016. Her other recent theatre credits include Don Quixote (RSC), Lady Windermere’s Fan (West End), The Country Wife (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Leicester Curve) and Redefining Juliet (Barbican).

Mogali Masuku will play Maria and Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Thasia and Thaliard in Perciles and Luciana and Drake in The Comedy of Errors. Masuku’s recent theatre credits include playing Mephistopheles in Tangle Theatre Company’s Doctor Faustus (UK Tour), Norway Today (Chalk Circle) and Macbeth (Iris Theatre). Masuku also played Noluthando in the BBC’s The Archers.

Evelyn Miller will play Orsino in Twelfth Night, Marina in Pericles and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors. Her recent theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible), The Taming of the Shrew (International Tour) and Jane Eyre (National Theatre/Tour). Miller was also part of the acting company for the RSC’s King and Country cycle, appearing in Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II and Henry V.

Eric Sirakian will play Viola in Twelfth Night, Bolt and Helicanus in Pericles and Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Sirakian most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed The Jungle (Young Vic/West End). He graduated from RADA in 2018 and his credits whilst training include Broadway Bound, Assassins, The Tempest and The Way of the World.

Tour dates so far announced include:

Chilham Castle, Kent – May 17 – 19

Spoleto Festival, Charleston, USA – May 23 to June 9

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno – June 25 – 28

The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton – July 1 – 2

Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor – July 5 – 7

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton – July 10 – 13

St James, Guernsey – July 17 – 20

Victoria Theatre, Singapore – September 10 – 15

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong – September 24 – 29.