The Book of Will starring Jessica Ellis, Helen Pearson and Bill Ward – rehearsal pictures

Rehearsal photos are in for the European premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s award-winning comedy The Book of Will.

Featuring Hollyoaks stars Jessica Ellis and Helen Pearson alongside Coronation Street and Emmerdale actors Bill Ward and Zach Lee, this wonderfully witty, funny and fast-paced play is a love to theatre.

Directed by the Octagon’s Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham, The Book of Will tells the hilarious and moving story of the breath-taking race against time to gather all of Shakespeare’s works and save them for the ages.

The cast also features Tomi Ogbaro (Seagulls, Octagon Theatre Bolton, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Theatre Royal Stratford), Carrie Quinlan (BBC Radio 4’s John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme), Russell Richardson (ITV’s Coronation Street, Last Tango in Halifax), Callum Sim (ITV’s Emmerdale and Coronation Street), Tarek Slater (The Jungle Book, Oldham Coliseum, Beauty and the Beast, the Dukes) and Andrew Whitehead (The Book Thief, Octagon Theatre Bolton, A Christmas Carol, Hull Truck).

The Book of Will opens at Queens Theatre Hornchurch from Thu 27 April – Sat 13 May, before transferring to Octagon Theatre Bolton from Wed 17 May – Sat 3 June and Shakespeare North Playhouse from Thu 19 October – Sat 11 November.

The creative team includes: Carla Goodman (designer); Simeon Miller (lighting designer); Andy Graham (sound designer); Jonnie Riordan (movement director); Olivia Barr (casting director); Natalie Grady (accent coach); Ryan McVeigh (assistant director); and Ngozi Ugochukwu (observer director).

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📷 Main photo: The Book of Will - rehearsal - Photo by Ray Jefferson

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