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Sheffield Theatres Sets Cast of ROMEO & JULIET

Artistic Director Daniel Evans today announces the full company for Jonathan Humphreysproduction of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Humphreys directs Scott Arthur (Benvolio), Charlie Bate (Pastor), Morfydd Clark (Juliet), Joanna Croll (Lady Montague/Sister), Freddie Fox (Romeo), Michael Hodgson (Capulet), Jonny Holden (Tybalt), Hugh John (The Prince), Robin Kingsland (Montague), Andrew Leung (Paris/Abram), Rachel Lumberg (The Nurse), Simon Manyonder (Mercutio),Shaun Mason (Sampson/Capitan), Joshua Miles (Peter/Gregory/Balthasar) and Natalie Thomas (Lady Capulet). The production opens on 23 September, with previews from 17 September, and runs until 17 October.

'My only love sprung from my only hate.'

Romeo & Juliet bursts on to the Crucible stage in this glistening new production.

Experience the first rush of love as Shakespeare's most famous couple meet and marry in fearless defiance of their rival families.

Vibrant and fizzing with life, celebration is blown apart by tragedy in this electric production directed by Jonathan Humphreys.

Charlie Bate plays Pastor in her professional stage debut.

Morfydd Clark plays Juliet. Her theatre credits include Violence & Son (Royal Court) and Blodeuwedd (Theatr Genedlathol Cymru). For television her credits include Arthur & George, A Poet in New York and New Worlds; and for film, Love and Friendship, The Call Up, Pride Prejudice & Zombies, The Falling, Madame Bovary and Two Missing.

Joanna Croll plays Lady Montague/Sister. For theatre, her work includes The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary UK Tour), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (New Vic Theatre, Stoke), Oh what a Lovely War! (Northern Stage), The Odyssey, The Seagull Project and Hamlet (The Factory), Private Lives (Iceni / Norwich Theatre Royal ), and Wicked Women (Arcola Theatre). For television, her work includes Luther, Sirens, Best: His Mother's Son, Sensitive Skin, The Girl in the Café, Dirty War and Fallen; and for film, Hereafter, Venus, Good Vibrations, Lady Godiva and Fakers.

Freddie Fox makes his Sheffield debut as Romeo. His theatre credits include The Judas Kiss (Duke of York's Theatre), Hay Fever (Noel Coward Theatre), Cause Célèbre, A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic) and The Last 5 Years (Barbican). His television work includes Russell T Davies' Cucumber and Banana; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Shadow Line, Any Human Heart, Worried About the Boy and Parade's End; and for film, Pride, The Riot Club, The Three Musketeers, St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold and the forthcoming Frankenstein.

Michael Hodgson plays Capulet. For theatre, his work includes The Shoemaker's Holiday, The Mouse and His Child (RSC), Catch 22 (Northern Stage), Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange), Can't Pay Won't Pay (Told By an Idiot) and The Pitman Painters (Live Theatre, National Theatre, West End, Manhattan Theater Club). For television, his work includes The Dumping Ground, Vera, George Gently, The Tide of Life, Touching Evil, Grubs, Spooks, and as series regulars in 2000 Acres of Sky and 55 Degrees North; and for film, In Bruges, One Way Ticket, First Knight, The Last Minute and Wonderland.

Rachel Lumberg returns to Sheffield Theatres to play The Nurse. She previously appeared in This is My Family (also tour), The Full Monty (also tour and Noel Coward Theatre) and The Way of the World. Other theatre includes Dandy Dick (UK tour), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Calendar Girls (tour), The Devil Inside Him (NTW), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville Theatre). For television, her work includes New Tricks, A Lump in My Throat, Sunburn, Wanted, Tears Before Bedtime, The Accused and A Dance to the Music of Time; and for film, South Kensington and Emma.

Simon Manyonda plays Mercutio. For theatre his work includes Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, King Lear, Greenland, Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dreaming, Julius Caesar (RSC), Wildfire (Hampstead Theatre), The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lyric Hammersmith). For television, his work includes Suspects and Whitechapel; and for film, World War Z, Julius Caesar and How It's Done.

Jonathan Humphreys was resident director at Sheffield Theatres from 2010 - 2011 having been awarded a Regional Young Theatre Director bursary. His directing credits for the company include Boeing Boeing, The Village Bike and Happy Days. His other theatre work includes Krapp's Last Tape, Spoonface Steinberg (Hull Truck), Moscow Live (HighTide), Father's Son (NT Studio), Mojo Mickybo (Arcola Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Even Rats Can Tapdance (Royal Court International Residency),Observations (Theatre 503 at Latitude) and The Freelancers (Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays). His first film, The Send Off, was commissioned by BBC HD and was part of the official selection at the London Short Film Festival and Emden International Film Festival.

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