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Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2019 Announces Full Rep Company - TWELFTH NIGHT, HENRY V, and THE BORROWERS


Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2019 Announces Full Rep Company - TWELFTH NIGHT, HENRY V, and THE BORROWERS

A new adaptation of the children's classic The Borrowers, by Bryony Lavery and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Henry V will be staged at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.

Opening on Friday 5 July and running until Sunday 25 August, all three shows will be performed in rep.

Performing in the company:

Marc Benga as Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Spiller in The Borrowers and the Dauphin in Henry V (Macbeth (Orange Tree theatre) Boys (New Diorama), Cosmic Jives (Albany Theatre)), Samuel Collings as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Oggins in The Borrowers and Pistol in Henry V ( Othellomacbeth (Lyric Hammersmith/HOME, Manchester); Hammer House of Horror (Hoxton Hall); Demons (Shoreditch Hall)), Jessica Dives as Feste in Twelfth Night, Aunt Lupy in The Borrowers and Bardolph in Henry V (Red Riding Hood, Liverpool Everyman Theatre; The Lost Ones in association with The Bush Theatre and TRSE; Guess How Much I Love You, Selladoor Worldwide;), Steven Elliot as Orsino in Twelfth Night, Hendreary in The Borrowers and King of France in Henry V, (Frankenstein, The Winter's Tale (National Theatre) Titus Andronicus (the RSC)), Lisa Howard as Maria in Twelfth Night, Homily in The Borrowers and Quickly in Henry V (Noughts and Crosses for Pilot Theatre; They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! ( Northern Broadsides); George's Marvellous Medicine (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Whitney Kehinde as Viola in Twelfth Night, Daenerys Drudge, Eggletina in The Borrowers and Mountjoy in Henry V, (Hamlet and King Lear (RSC), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Joseph Milson as Antonio in Twelfth Night, Oliver in The Borrowers and Henry in Henry V, (The Rover (RSC and recently announced as Mr Banks in the West End's revival of Mary Poppins ), Sarah-Jane Potts as Olivia in Twelfth Night, Ronny Rainpipe in The Borrowers and Katherine in Henry V (A Streetcar Named Desire (St Anne's Warehouse - Brooklyn, New York) For Love Or Money (Northern Broadsides), Betrayal (Northcott Theatre, Exeter),

Vanessa Scholfield as Captain in Twelfth Night, Arietty in The Borrowers and High Constable of France in Henry V ( Hard Times, Northern Broadsides, Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night's Dream, (Storyhouse), Plastic Figurines, (New Diorama Theatre) Mitesh Soni as Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Tom, Tyrian Trudge in The Borrowers and Nym, Alice et al in Henry V, (Cinderella (Oldham Coliseum) The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Swallows & Amazons ( Storyhouse)), Seren Vickers as Priest in Twelfth Night, Harpsichord et al in The Borrowers and Fluellen in Henry V, (Hauntings & Pork Pies, An Act of Care (National Theatre Wales) ) and completing the company Chris Wright as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Pod in The Borrowers and Exeter in Henry V ( A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck Theatre); Julius Caesar (Storyhouse); The Winter's Tale (Octagon Theatre)

Trainee actors: Louise Wilson and William Todd Lukeman in Twelfth Night and William Medland and Des Hinks in Henry V.

The season opens on Friday 5 July with Twelfth Night (5 July - 24 August), Shakespeare's comedy about cross dressing and mistaken identities. Whilst the Bard's history play Henry V (26 July - 25 August) exploring England's relationship with its European neighbours will be followed by Mary Norton's story The Borrowers adapted by Bryony Lavery of little people who borrow in order to survive, (13 July - 25 August).

Other creatives include Julia Thomas director Twelfth Night, Robert Shaw Cameron director The Borrowers, Loveday Ingram, director Henry V. Bryony Lavery writer The Borrowers. Design by Rhys Jarman, John Biddle composer and musical director, Nick Ashcroft Lighting Designer - Twelfth Night & The Borrowers, Andy Patterson Lighting Designer - Henry V

Ellie Hurt Assistant Director - Twelfth Night, Sarah Richardson Assistant Director - The Borrowers, Amie Burns Walker Assistant Director - Henry V.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre was founded in 2010. Its first productions Much Ado About Nothing and Hercules were staged on a simple wooden platform stage, for three weeks to an audience of 2,500. In ten years' it has moved from a small stage, to a thrust stage to a full in the round theatre. Over 40% of its seats are now covered, and its capacity has doubled. The theatre now welcomes around 27,000 theatregoers for 9 weeks each summer.

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