Full Casting Announced for ETERNAL LOVE - Sam Crane, Edward Peel & More!
English Touring Theatre, which is celebrating its 21st birthday throughout 2014, is delighted to announce the full casting for its upcoming revival of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Howard Brenton's Eternal Love, formerly titled In Extremis.
As previously announced, David Sturzaker and Jo Herbert will be playing the lead roles of legendary loversAbelard and Heloise.
The full cast is Sam Crane (Bernard of Clairvaux), Edward Peel (Fulbert), Rhiannon Oliver (Denise), Tim Frances (William of Champeaux), Julius D'Silva (Louis VI), John Cummins (Alberic), William Mannering(Lotholf), Sally Edwards (Helene) with Claire Bond, Robert Heard, Daisy Hughes, Tom Kanji, Kevin Leslie, Holly Morgan and Sid Sagar completing the cast.
The production will be directed by John Dove, designed by Michael Taylor and composed by William Lyons - all of whom are reuniting after their work on Anne Boleyn in 2012. Lighting will be designed by Paul Russell with sound design by Derrick Zieba.
Eternal Lovetells the story of an ill-fated affair between philosophy teacher Abelard and his student Heloise, and the controversial and radical views which led them to question key figures and beliefs of the day.
This production of Eternal Love marks the inaugural tour of the National Touring Group (NTG), a consortium of 8 major venues across the UK which aims to bring high quality and ambitious theatre to areas of the country that fundamentally rely on touring for their arts provision.
First performed in 2006 and 2007 to great acclaim at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the NTG's Spring 2014 tour of Eternal Love will see the original creative team re-unite to bring this much lauded love story of Abelard and Heloise nationwide. Eight actors in the production, including the two leads, previously performed together in the highly successful 2012 UK tour of English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe's co-production of Anne Boleyn, which was named Best Touring Production at Theatre Awards UK in 2012 and inspired the formation of the NTG.
English Touring Theatre Director, Rachel Tackley, said about the cast announcement:
"The aim of the National Touring Group is to bring productions of a size and ambition rarely seen on tour to audiences nationwide, whilst simultaneously giving much-deserved further life to fantastic, critically acclaimed shows. We are thrilled that audiences across the country will have the opportunity to see David Sturzaker and Jo Herbert reunite on stage, leading such a brilliant cast, in another fabulous Globe production."
The NTG venues are the Blackpool Grand, Darlington Civic Theatre, Hall for Cornwall, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Malvern Theatres and the Wolverhampton Grand.
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Performances 6- 8 February 2014
Press Night Friday 7 Feb 2014
Box Office: 01223 503 333
Hall for Cornwall
Performances 11-15 Feb 2014
Box Office: 01872 262 466
Performances 25 Feb - 1 March 2014
Box Office: 01902 42 92 12
Darlington Civic Theatre
Performances 4 - 8 March 2014
Box Office: 01325 486 555
Performances 11-15 March 2014
Box Office: 01253 290 190
Kings Theatre Edinburgh
Performances 18 - 22 March 2014
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
Performances 25 - 29 March 2014
Box Office: 01684 892 277
Theatre Royal, Brighton
Performances 1- 5 April 2014
Box Office: 0844 871 7650
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Performances 9 - 12 April 2014
Box Office: 01227 787 787