Gertrude - The Cry

London theatre news: Tuesday 17 May 2016

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LWL Entertainment Ltd, in association with Theatre N16, have announced the cast for Howard Barker's Gertrude - The Cry, opening at Theatre N16 next month.
Gertrude- The Cry at Theatre N16

Image: Theatre N16

Howard Barker’s Gertrude – The Cry, directed by Chris Hislop, will be heading to Theatre N16 from June 12.

Combining feminism, sex and objectification into his own take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Howard Barker’s Gertrude is a complicated, challenging and utterly filthy play.

It reinterprets Shakespeare’s classic from the perspective of Hamlet’s mother.

Theatre N16 will be playing host to the play's first major London revival since its premiere in 2002, directed by renowned theatre publicist Chris Hislop, assisted by Kim Southey, and produced by LWL Entertainment Ltd, in association with Theatre N16.

The titular Gertrude will be played by Izabella Urbanowicz (Truth and Reconciliation, Royal Court Theatre; The Session, Soho Theatre; Hamlet Peckham, The Bussey Building; What You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Globe; and The Crimson Petal and the White (BBC/Origin Pictures).

She also currently stars in I’m Not Jesus Christ at Theatre N16, and is looking forward to continuing her relationship with the theatre.

Alongside her will be performing: Alexander Hulme (Abominations, Etcetera Theatre, and The Glass Protégé, Park Theatre) as Claudius, Jamie Hutchins (Hello Norma Jeane, Park Theatre) as Hamlet, Stephen Oswald (Nobody’s Business, King’s Head Theatre) as Cascan, LJ Reeves (Antigone, The Hope Theatre) as Ragusa, David Zachary (The Kissing Dance, Ye Olde Rose and Crowne Theatre) as Albert and Liza Keast as Isola, best known for her regular cabaret performances at the Crazy Coqs, the Pheasantry, the Cellar Door, Leicester Square Lounge and the Battersea Barge.

Gertrude – The Cry will be Chris Hislop’s third Shakespeare pastiche/parody directed after Snoo Wilson’s More Light (“excellent” What’s On Stage) at the Rose Bankside and Andrew Shepherd’s The Shakespeare Conspiracy (“funny, witty, intelligent” Remotegoat) at the Chelsea Theatre.


Theatre N16

The Bedford Pub

77 Bedford Hill

London SW12 9HD


12 to 30 June 2016


£14 (£10 concessions)


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