From musical theatre to Shakespeare, Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels will star as Henry and Katherine respectively in The Barn Theatre Cirencester’s upcoming production of the Bard’s Henry V.
The full cast comprises of: Matt Ray Brown (Exeter/Orleans), Alicia Charles (Bardolph/Williams), Elin Philips (Fluellen), Lauren Samuels (Katherine/Boy), Aaron Sidwell (Henry), Adam Sopp (Pistol/Constable), Sarah Waddell (Queen of France) and Jonathan Woolf (Nym/Dauphin).
The production runs at the venue from 22 May to 22 June 2019, with press night on 24 May. Henry V will be directed by Hal Chambers, with designs by Emily Leonard, fight direction by Christos Dante, movement direction by Kate Webster, composition by Harry Smith, projection designs by Benjamin Collins, sound design by Chris Cleal and lighting by Sam Rowcliffe Tanner.
The production will feature an atmospheric neon scenography to place the audience in the current moment, whilst maintaining the beauty of the text. This will be set alongside a beautiful original score to transform Shakespeare’s work into a modern, mesmerising spectacle of tension and excitement.
The play hopes to cleverly preserve Shakespeare’s questioning of the symbolism of monarchy whilst investigating current British Nationalism and explores what it means to be a great leader.
Henry V follows The Butterfly Lion, which is currently running at The Barn until 4 May. The 2019 season then continues with a brand new production of the comic thriller, The 39 Steps (10 July-10 August 2019), the award-winning musical Daddy Long Legs (2 October-2 November 2019), and a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ festive masterpiece, A Christmas Carol (27 November 2019-4 January 2020).
Lauren Samuels made her professional debut as Wendy in Peter Pan (Curve). In 2010 she appeared as a finalist on Over The Rainbow for BBC. Following her success on the TV show, Samuels made her West End debut in the lead role of Sandy in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). She then starred as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You both at the Dominion Theatre and on its 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour. Other credits include: Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre, West End); Love Story (Bolton Octagon); The Water Babies (Curve); The Last 5 Years (Tabard); The Wizard of Oz (Cyprus); The Children of Eden (Gala Performance, Prince of Wales); Vampirette (Manchester Opera House); The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre); Vanities (Trafalgar Studios); La Ronde (The Bunker Theatre); Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); A Hundred Words For Snow (Arcola Theatre); The Big Corner (Octagon Theatre).
Aaron Sidwell’s career began at 18 when he was cast in the BBC’s long running drama EastEnders playing the role of Steven Beale, a role he recently returned to in 2016. His stage credits include the recent UK Tour of Wicked as Fiyero, a critically acclaimed run as Johnny in Green Day’s American Idiot (Arts Theatre, London), Joe Kennedy Jnr & Jerry in Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Carl Bruner in Ghost the Musical (English Theatre Frankfurt) and Michael Dork in Loserville: The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Garrick Theatre West End). Other stage credits include Cool Rider Live (Lyric and Duchess Theatre West End, Original Cast); Romeo and Juliet (Open Air Tour); Carnaby Street The Musical (UK Tour); Children of Eden (The Prince of Wales Theatre, West End); The Prodigals (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival 2011).