As an intellectual exercise, Golem!’s Tomorrow Creeps is something of a delight – a new play by David Fairs stitched together from 16 works by Shakespeare and shot through with lyrical inspiration from Kate Bush. And in the dark and dank surroundings of the Cavern, with creepingly textured sound work from Odinn Hilmarsson and a powerfully atmospheric lighting design (uncredited), the potential of the piece is palpable.
The full cast for the RSC’s upcoming production of Macbeth has been announced.
Christopher Eccleston, making his debut at Stratford-upon-Avon, as Macbeth and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth had already been announced and will be joined by:
- David Acton (Duncan)
- Raphael Sowole (Banquo)
- Edward Bennett (Macduff)
- Bally Gill (Ross)
- Luke Newberry (Malcolm)
- Tim Samuels (Lennox)
- Mariam Haque (Lady MacDuff)
- Donna Banya (Donalbain/Gentlewoman)
- Stevie Basaula (Bloody Captain/Second Murderer),
- Katy Brittain (Doctor)
- Raif Clarke (Boy)
- Paul Dodds (Chamberlain 1)
- Michael Hodgson Porter)
- John Macaulay (Chamberlain/Lord)
- Tom Padley (First Murderer)
- Josh Finan (Company)
- Afolabi Alli (Company)
The production will be directed by Polly Findlay and runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 20 March to 18 September with previews from 13 March.
- Ayesha Antoine (Rosencrantz / Bernarda),
- Lolita Chakrabarti (Queen Gertrude),
- Nicholas Farrell (King Claudius),
- Sean Foley (Polonius / Osric),
- Tom Hiddleston (Hamlet),
- Ansu Kabia (King Hamlet / Player King / Gravedigger),
- Caroline Martin (Horatia),
- Eleanor de Rohan (Guildastern / Marcella / Priest),
- Irfan Shamji (Laertes / Player Queen)
- Kathryn Wilder (Ophelia)
“Reason not the need”
The world is hardly crying for more productions of King Lear but if you’re going to put it on, you might as well go balls out on some amazing casting (all credit to casting director Anne McNulty here). Jonathan Munby’s production had already announced Ian McKellen as part of the ensemble (teasing an interesting casting breakdown that didn’t actually come to anything) but that’s a small niggle in what is otherwise some excellent news.
- Sinéad Cusack as Kent
- Dervla Kirwan, Kirsty Bushell and Tamara Lawrance as Goneril, Regan and Cordelia
- Jonathan Bailey and Damien Molony as Edgar and Edmund
- Sinéad Cusack as Kent
- Michael Matus (Oswald), Dominic Mafham (Albany) and Patrick Robinson (Cornwall) in there as well
- Danny Webb as Gloucester
- Did I mention Sinéad Cusack as Kent?
- I can take or leave Phil Daniels as the Fool but he may well surprise.
Tickets are all sold out so you might want to monitor regularly for returns or hope for the transfer which one suspects is already in the making.