Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Matt Hartley’s new play Eyam, directed by Adele Thomas, opening in The Globe on Saturday 15 September. When the plague arrives surprisingly in the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665, the community face a moral dilemma. They must decide whether to flee and risk spreading the vicious disease, or stay, protect others from the risk, and face the potential of their own slow and painful death.
The Eyam company are also currently appearing in the Globe’s production of Blanche McIntyre’s The Winter’s Tale, with the exception of Sam Crane and John Paul Connolly.
Sam Crane will play William Mompesson. Sam recently appeared as Farinelli in the Globe’s production of Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King which transferred to London’s West End and Broadway following a sell-out run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Other theatre work includes Sunset at the Villia Thalia and Dissonant (National Theatre).
Priyanga Burford is Katherine Mompesson. Priyanga’s previous theatre work includes Consent (National Theatre), The Effect (Sheffield Crucible) and Behud (Soho Theatre). Television credits include Press, W1A, King Charles III (BBC), Fearless, Marcella (ITV) and Babylon (Channel 4). Films include Criminal and The Long Way Down.
Annette Badland will play Reverend Stanley. Annette’s previous theatre credits include Stranger At The Table (Pascal Theatre Company), Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), Kin and Hung Over (Royal Court). Television work includes EastEnders (BBC), Outlander (Starz) and Father Brown (BBC). Film includes A Quiet Passion, The Girl in a Bubble and Mother’s Milk.
John Paul Connolly is John Hancock. John’s previous theatre work includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Factory) and The Tempest (Improbable Theatre). Television includes Victoria (ITV).
Oliver Ryan is Unwin. Oliver’s previous theatre work includes Dr Faustus, Romeo and Juliet, Morte D’Arthur (RSC), Glengarry Glen Ross (West End) and Oresteia (Trafalgar Studios). Television work includes Casualty (BBC) and Stella (Sky). He also appeared in the film All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott.
Will Keen will play John Sydall. Will’s previous theatre work includes Ghosts (Almeida/Brooklyn Academy of Music), Quartermaine’s Arms (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Hysteria (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes The Crown (Netflix), The Musketeers and Wolf Hall (BBC).
Sirine Saba will play Mary Cooper. Sirine appeared on the Globe stage as Regan in Nancy Meckler’s King Lear last summer. Sirine’s other theatre work includes Goats (Royal Court), Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere (Young Vic) and The Invisible (Bush Theatre). Television credits include The Black Forest (Urban Fox), Clean Break (ITV), Holby City and Silent Witness (BBC).
Adrian Bower will play Phillip Sheldon. Adrian’s previous theatre work includes The Herd (Bush Theatre), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios), Hedda (Gate Theatre), and Mr Heracles (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His screen credits include Loves Lies and Records and The Last Kingdom (BBC) and Mount Pleasant (Sky).
Norah Lopez-Holden is Emmott Sydall. Norah recently graduated from RADA and was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards in 2017 for her role in Polly Findlay’s Ghosts. Other theatre credits include Othello (Tobacco Factory/ETT), Our Town and The Almighty Sometimes (Manchester Royal Exchange).
Howard Ward is Marshall Howe. Howard’s previous theatre work includes Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), German Skerries (Orange Tree Theatre) and Monsieur Popular (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes Little Boy Blue (ITV), The Trial and Drifters (Channel 4).
Becci Gemmell will play Elizabeth Sydall and Mary Talbot. Becci’s previous theatre work includes The Here and This and Now (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Noises Off (Notts Playhouse), and Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange). Television includes Call the Midwife.
Luke MacGregor will play Edward Cooper and Rolland Torre. Luke’s recent theatre work includes Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar (RSC/Barbican). Radio includes Tarantula, Somewhere in England and Little Women (BBC).
Zora Bishop will play Elizabeth Sheldon and Elizabeth Hancock. Zora’s previous theatre work includes For Those Who Cry When They Hear the Foxes Scream (Tristan Bates), The Knot (The Orange Tree) and Hard Feelings (Finborough). Television includes Unforgotten.
Jordan Metcalfe is Francis Bockinge and George Viccars. Jordan’s recent theatre credits include The Culture (Hull Truck), For Love or Money (Northern Broadsides), The Hypocrite and Wendy and Peter (RSC).
Rose Wardlaw will play Harriet Stubbs. Rose’s recent theatre credits include Jubilee (Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith) Dyl (Old Red Lion) and Glitter Punch (Bunker).
Adele Thomas’s previous Globe credits include Thomas Tallis (2014 & 2015), The Oresteia (2015) and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014 & 2015). Other credits include Cosi Fan Tutte (Northern Ireland Opera), The Weir (ETT), Macbeth (Tobacco Factory), The Bloody Ballad (Gagglebabble and Tour), The Passion and The Passion: One Year On (as Project Associate for
National Theatre Wales), Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate), No Vacancies and Delugue (Sherman Cymru).
Matt Hartley’s recent work includes Myth (RSC), Here I Belong (Pentabus) and Deposit (Hampstead). He won the Bruntwood Award with Sixty Five Miles (Paines Plough / Hull Truck Theatre).
The full cast includes: Annette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, John Paul Connolly, Sam Crane, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward and Rose Wardlaw.
Written by Matt Hartley
Directed by Adele Thomas
Designed by Hannah Clark
Composed by Orlando Gough
Press Night: Thursday 20 September.