Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Blanche McIntyre’s forthcoming production of The Comedy of Errors and the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s Doctor Scroggy’s War.
Winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ Award and named Best Director at the 2013 TMA UK Theatre Awards, Blanche McIntyre’s career has gone from strength to strength. She most recently directed Dawn King’s spy drama Ciphers at the Bush Theatre, and her other credits include The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange, Manchester), the critically-acclaimed The Seagull (Headlong), Accolade and Foxfinder (Finborough Theatre). An Associate Director at the Nuffield Theatre, she has also written the script for the film adaptation of Hippopotamus based on the novel by Stephen Fry.
The Comedy of Errors stars Matthew Needham as Antipholus of Ephesus, Simon Harrison as Antipholus of Syracuse, Brodie Ross as Dromio of Syracuse and Jamie Wilkes as Dromio of Ephesus. Eminent stage and screen actor James Laurenson (The Bourne Identity, State of Play) will appear as Egeon.
The full cast comprises Stefan Adegbola, Andy Apollo, Paul Brendan, Linda Broughton, Gershwyn Eustache Jr, Becci Gemmell, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Simon Harrison, Emma Jerrold, Hattie Ladbury, James Laurenson, Matthew Needham, Anne Odeke, Brodie Ross and Jamie Wilkes.
Doctor Scroggy’s War sees playwright Howard Brenton and director John Dove, the team that brought you Anne Boleyn (Best New Play – What’sOnStage Awards) and In Extremis, return to the Globe to offer a sideways look at the First World War in its centenary year. By turns funny and moving, the play explores the work of Sir Harold Gillies – the founding father of plastic surgery – and his profound impact on the lives of traumatized young soldiers.
Howard Brenton first came to fame with his controversial political plays of the 1970s and 80s, including The Romans in Britain and Pravda. He is the winner of two Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. His recent work includes The Arrest of Ai Weiwei at Hampstead and the critically-acclaimed Anne Boleyn and In Extremis for Shakespeare’s Globe. He has also written extensively for the BBC TV series Spooks.
Doctor Scroggy’s War stars Will Featherstone as Jack Twigg and James Garnon as Harold Gillies/Doctor Scroggy. Will has most recently appeared as Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Propeller Theatre Company. James’ recent work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes The Duchess of Malfi, The Tempest, Gabriel and Twelfth Night with Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance.
The full cast comprises Catherine Bailey, Sam Cox, Patrick Driver, Will Featherstone, James Garnon, Daisy Hughes, Joe Jameson, Tom Kanji, Christopher Logan, William Mannering, Holly Morgan, Rhiannon Oliver, Keith Ramsay, Paul Rider, Katy Stephens and Dickon Tyrrell.
The Comedy of Errors
30 August – 12 October 2014
Press night: Thursday 4 September 2014
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Designed by James Cotterill
Composed by Olly Fox
Doctor Scroggy’s War
12 September – 10 October 2014
Press night: Wednesday 17 September 2014
Written by Howard Brenton
Directed by John Dove
Designed by Michael Taylor
Composed by William Lyons
Shakespeare’s Globe booking:
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Tickets £5 – £42 (Globe Theatre) £10 – £60 (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)