A Midsummer Night's Dream from The Faction
Wednesday 6 June 2018
Off-West End - Shakespeare - Shows
Casting has been announced for The Faction's upcoming version of A Midsummer Night's Dream due at Wilton's musical from 26 June.
Image: The Faction
Multi award-winning ensemble The Faction, renowned for their intelligent interrogation of classic texts combined with powerful group physicality, return with a fresh take on one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The play will be at Wilton's Music Hall from 26 to 30 June.
Cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream
The gender balanced cast comprises:
Linda Marlowe (EastEnders, BBC 1; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Working Title Films; Greek, Decadence, East, The Trial, Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff)
Lowri Izzard (Hidden/Craith, BBC/S4C; Votes For Women, New Vic Theatre; I Capture The Castle, Watford Palace/Octagon Bolton/Oxford Playhouse)
Christopher Hughes (EastEnders, BBC; Pure O, Kings Head; The Talented Mr Ripley, The Faction)
Christopher York (Rellik, BBC/HBO; Macbeth, Henry V, Creation Theatre; Hamlet, The Faction)
Laura Evelyn (Lovesick, Netflix; Silent Witness, BBC 1; Consolea, Southwark Playhouse)
Jeremy Ang Jones (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Palace Theatre; Clockwork Canaries, Theatre Royal Plymouth; Richard III, The Faction)
Tamarin Mcginley (Our Town, Kings Head Theatre; A New Song as part of the New Plays from South Africa: 20 years after Democracy Festival, The Royal Court; Mirror, Mirror, Baxter Theatre)
Herb Cuanalo (Mary Stuart, The Faction).
Director Mark Leipacher says ...
"We're delighted by this A Midsummer Night's Dream cast.
Most of these actors have worked with The Faction before, continuing our drive towards a permanent ensemble.
It's a genuinely diverse company in terms of age, class, ethnicity, sexuality and 50:50 in gender parity.
It's important to us that we're representing society on stage.
Most importantly of all though is they're all incredibly talented and absolutely right for these roles.
It's a particular joy for me that Linda Marlowe is joining us to play Puck.
I first saw Linda on stage twenty years ago performing Berkoff's Women when I was still a student, and we're finally getting the chance to work together."
Examining the intricacies of the text and stripping audiences of their preconceptions, The Faction will explore the aftermath of war and the sexual and power politics at play in this complex comedy.
The production will take advantage of the beautiful architecture of Wilton's Music Hall, fusing the building's character with the design of the set, as well as creating unforgettable visual moments to unleash the magic, energy and mayhem of the play.
And doubling will be employed to highlight the mirroring across the Athenian, Mechanical and Fairy worlds with doubles chosen through intense scrutiny of the text to bring out new interpretations of each character.
Multi award-winning ensemble The Faction unleash the magic, energy, and mayhem of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
Set against the backdrop of a royal wedding, four young lovers, six local tradespeople, and an entire kingdom of warring fairies descend upon the Athenian woods one midsummer's night.
Renowned for combining an intelligent interrogation of text with a powerful group physicality, The Faction's new production is fresh in linguistic detail and packed with unforgettable visual moments - from the raw power of the fairies' rituals to an ass's head created entirely from arms and fingers.
Jeremy Ang Jones
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Mark Leipacher
Production: The Faction
From: Tuesday 26 June 2018
Closes: Saturday 30 June 2018
Standard: £12.50 - £17.50
Concessions: £10 - £15
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