Shakespeare In The Squares Announces Full Casting For AS YOU LIKE IT
Shakespeare in the Squares today announces full casting for its 2018 production of As You Like It, touring to London's squares and parks from 20 June to 13 July. Tatty Hennessy directs Jack Brett (Orlando), Comfort Fabian (Celia), Jodie Jacobs (Audrey/Adam), Sian Martin (Jaques), Katharine Moraz (Rosalind), Stanton Plummer Cambridge (Oliver/Corin), Julia Righton (Duchess Senior/ Duchess Frederick), Sydney K. Smith (Touchstone) Emmy Stonelake (Phoebe/Amiens) and Lamin Touray (Charles/Silvius).
Shakespeare in the Squares' new production of As You Like It, Shakespeare's enchanting comedy of love, desire and mistaken identity, is set on the brink of the Seventies, during the first Glastonbury Festival. As Shakespeare's characters flee from the rigidity of the court to the Forest of Arden, audiences too can exchange the conformity of city life for a pastoral utopia where hippies and freethinkers meet to dance, love and put the world to rights.
Founded by Sue Fletcher and Martin Neild in 2016, Shakespeare in the Squares is a not-for-profit touring theatre company that stages a Shakespeare play across London squares every summer. The productions are tailored to the individual garden squares, and the company works with the garden committees and other local organisations to create a unique community celebration around the play. The company aims to provide a showcase for talented young theatre practitioners and to introduce audiences to the stars of the future.
Jack Brett plays Orlando. Brett returns to Shakespeare in the Squares after playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2017. His other theatre credits include Peter Pan (Derby Theatre), Alfie Strange: Trained Time Travellers Only (New Wolsey Theatre), Underneath a Magical Moon (York Theatre Royal and UK tour), My Friend Peter (Arts Theatre and UK tour) and The Crash of Elysium (Punchdrunk).
Comfort Fabian plays Celia. Her recent theatre credits include Ophelia and The Tempest (Etcetera Theatre) I, Dido (DOT Productions), The Minimum Requirement (Arcola Theatre), Philis in London (Greenwich Theatre) and JACK & I: The Jack The Ripper Musical (Baron's Court Theatre).
Jodie Jacobs plays Audrey/ Adam. Her theatre credits include Myth (The Other Palace), Bananaman and Carrie (Southwark Playhouse), Lizzie (Greenwich Theatre), Disaster - The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), Oliver (Grange Park Opera), Rock of Ages (Garrick Theatre), Footloose and The Wedding Singer (UK and Ireland tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre), Evita (Adelphi Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York's Theatre). Her work for television includes The Amazing World of Gumball and Drop Zone.
Sian Martin plays Jaques. Her recent theatre credits include Antigone, The Country Wife and Restoration (Tokyo Globe and Maly Theatre, Moscow) Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe) and Electra (Bunker Theatre). Her television credits include Trial and Retribution, Baby Father and McCallum and, for film, The Beach, About a Boy and Shoot the Messenger.
Katharine Moraz plays Rosalind. Her theatre credits include Peter Pan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Swallows (The Old Red Fire Station, Oxford), Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), The Smallest Story Ever Told (The King's Head), Unsigned (Tristan Bates Theatre), One Man Two Guv'nors (National Theatre), Avenue Q (UK tour), Flor de Muerto (The Junction, Cambridge), The Laramie Project and The Finders (Greenwich Theatre). For television, her work includes Ireland AM and, for film, Saving Santa.
Stanton Plummer Cambridge plays Oliver/Corin. His recent theatre credits include Macbeth and The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse), Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing (The Handlebards) and Queers, (The King's Head). For television, credits include The Forgiving Earth.
Julia Righton plays Duchess Senior/ Duchess Frederick. She returns to Shakespeare in the Squares after playing Sister Laurence in Romeo & Juliet in 2017. Other theatre credits include Elizabeth (Royal Opera House), Gasping (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Duchess of Malfi, Woman In Mind and Hamletmachine (Edinburgh Lyceum), The Secret Garden (Tobacco Factory, Bristol), A Taste of Honey, Skinned and The Wizard of Oz (Nuffield Southampton Theatres) and Shakespeare for Everone (RSC). For television her credits include The Ink Thief, The Tartarus Gate and The Island of Lost Souls.
Sydney K. Smith plays Touchstone. His theatre credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel (Secret Cinema), The Butterfly Lion (Colchester Mercury and UK), Murder On The Nile (UK tour), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Leicester Curve), The Merchant of Venice (Derby Theatre), LaDiDada (New Diorama Theatre), Egusi Soup (Eastern Angles), Pieces of Pinera and King Arthur (Arcola Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (European Tour), 200 Years (Watford Palace Theatre), King Arthur (Arcola Theatre), The Time of The Tortoise (Theatre 503), Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book (Soho Theatre), Dazzling Medusa (Polka Theatre), The Jungle Book (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), Slave/Teacher (Lyric Hammersmith), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre) and The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre). For television, his credits include New Tricks, At First Sight, The Plague and Coffee.
Emmy Stonelake plays Phoebe/Amiens. Her theatre credits include Sleeping Beauty (Theatr Clwyd), Beauty and the Beast (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool) and Much Ado About Nothing (Mercury Theatre, Colchester). Her television credits include Pobol y Cwm and, for film, Leash.
Lamin Touray plays Charles/Silvius. His recent theatre credits include Wuthering Heights (Theatre Royal, Wakefield and East Riding Theatre, Hull). Television credits include The Biscuits and The Hidden Victims of Grooming.
Tatty Hennessy is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg and director. She returns to direct As You Like It for Shakespeare in the Squares following her production of Romeo and Juliet last year.
Hennessy is currently the Baylis Assistant Director at the Old Vic, where she assisted on Max Webster's production of Fanny & Alexander. Her previous directing credits include her own adaptation of The Snow Queen (Theatre N16), a revival of her first play All That Lives (Ovalhouse Theatre) and Acorn (The Courtyard Theatre). As a writer, she won the Heretic Voices competition in 2017 with her play A Hundred Words for Snow, which received an acclaimed production at the Arcola Theatre in early 2018.