Shakespeare’s Globe has announced casting for Emma Rice’s final summer season productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.
Emma’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April with Romeo and Juliet, starring Edward Hogg as Romeo, and Kirsty Bushell as Juliet.
Golda Rosheuvel will play Mercutio and Martina Laird will play Lady Capulet.
The cast is completed by Jac Adu-Sarkodie, Siobhan Athwal, Ricky Champ, Tim Chipping, Blythe Duff, Keith Gilmore, Jonathan Livingstone, Sian Martin, Harish Pateland Gareth Snook.
Romeo and Juliet will be directed by renowned theatre and opera director, and Artistic Director of the English National Opera, Daniel Kramer.
Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night will star Carly Bawden as Maria and George Ikediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat, as Feste.
Anita-Joy Uwajeh will play Viola, Joshua Lacey plays Orsino, Katy Owen will play Malvolio, Annette McLaughlin will play Olivia and Marc Antolin plays Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
The cast is completed by Nandi Bhebhe, Tony Jayawardena,Pieter Lawman, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, John Pfumojena and Theo St Clair.
Twelfth Night will be directed by Emma Rice.
The Summer of Love season will also include Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award-winning Nell Gwynn (from 2 May), Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult (from 13 June), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Matthew Dunster and set in 1910 Mexico (from 14 July), King Lear directed by Nancy Meckler (from 10 August) and conclude with the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica, directed by Eleanor Rhode.
Despite record attendance and critically acclaimed productions, the Board of Directer for Rice out as Artistic Director because it felt her productions were straying too far from the ‘shared light’ ethos of previous productions.
In her first interview since the announcement in October 2016 she said it was on the strength of the forthcoming season and the people with whom she would be collaborating that she decided to see out the Summer of Love season.