Our Artistic Director Walter Meierjohann has announced the cast for Romeo & Juliet, his first HOME production, at Victoria Baths, this September.
Taking the two lead parts are Alex Felton and Sara Vickers. Alex comes to Manchester fresh from playing Lysander in the Bristol Old Vic’s world tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; while Sara, who appeared in the city in 2013 in the Royal Exchange Theatre production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, was recently seen as Joan Thursday in ITV’s top-rated crime drama Endeavour.
Christopher Knott, with credits in The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Macbeth on Broadway, plays Montague, and is one of three musicians in the cast. Damian Myerscough, with credits locally in recent years at Bolton Octagon and Oldham Coliseum, plays Friar Laurence. Lewis Goody, who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011, plays Benvolio. Griffin Stevens, a regular on E4’s crime drama Glue, is a servant and the second musician, while Tom Dunlea, who has just filmed the role of Ringo Starr in ITV’s forthcoming drama Young Cilla, is a servant and the third musician.
Mark Jax, another actor with credits in Shakespeare productions, notably Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012, plays Capulet. Ncuti Gatwa, who graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013, plays Mercutio. Rachel Atkins, whose voice will be familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers as Vicky Tucker, plays the Nurse. Raj Bajaj takes on the role of Paris and Ruth Everett, no stranger to the Bard with appearances as Goneril in King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra at the Chichester Festival Theatre, plays the part of Lady Capulet. Finally, Tybalt will be played by recent Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Wil Coban.
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Romeo & Juliet runs between Wed 10 Sep – Sat 4 Oct at Victoria Baths. Tickets are available online here or from Cornerhouse Box Office in person or over the phone on 0161 200 1500.