The Donmar Warehouse has announced the full casting for artistic director Josie Rourke’s production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Previews start from Friday 28 September 2018.
Joining the previously announced Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden are Ben Allen, Matt Bardock, Nicholas Burns, Jackie Clune, Rachel Denning, Molly Harris, Adam McNamara, Raad Rawi, Sule Rimi, Anwar Russell and Helena Wilson.
Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018. Within every performance, Atwell and Lowden will alternate the roles of the powerful Deputy and the powerless Novice.
Hayley Atwell (Isabella) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. Her theatre credits include Dry Powder (Hampstead Theatre), The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre), The Man of Mode, Major Barbara (National Theatre), Women Beware Women (RSC) and Prometheus Bound (West End). She has been nominated for two Olivier awards for her performances in A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s) and in The Pride (Trafalgar Studios).
Ben Allen (Frederick) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. His theatre credits include Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre), Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Oppenheimer, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, (RSC), The Seagull (Library Theatre), Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Henry V (Propeller), …And Darkness Descended (Punchdrunk), Canary (Liverpool Playhouse/Hampstead Theatre, ETT Tour), All’s Well That Ends Well, The History Boys (National Theatre) and Noises Off (Ambassador Theatre Group).
Matt Bardock (Lucio) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his performances in Saint Joan, My Night with Reg (also Apollo), The Dark and Frame 312. Theatre credits include Kick for Touch (Sheffield Theatres), Mojo and Peaches (Royal Court) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Nicholas Burns (The Duke) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after his performances in The Vote which was also screened live on More4 and The Recruiting Officer. His theatre credits include Young Marx (The Bridge Theatre), Macbeth (Young Vic), Breeders (St James’), Kafka’s Dick (Theatre Royal Bath), The Magistrate (National Theatre), 66 Books (The Bush Theatre), The Village Bike (Royal Court Theatre), Ghost Stories (Lyric Hammersmith/ West End), Fat Pig (West End), Much Ado About Nothing (Sheffield Theatres), Arcadia (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew (Nottingham Playhouse).
Jackie Clune (Pompey) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following her performances in Julius Caesar and The Vote which was also screened live on More4, as well as Henry IV and The Tempest including their St Ann’s Warehouse transfers. Theatre credits include Utility, Fallen Angels, Candide, 9 to 5, Mogadishu, Billy Elliot, Julie Burchill is Away and Showstopper.
Rachel Denning (Mistress Overdone) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following her performance in The Vote which was also screened live on More4. Theatre credits include Dr Frankenstein (Northern Stage), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep), Redefining Juliet (Barbican), See How They Run (Reduced Height Theatre Company), Curious Curios (Kazzum), Volpone (Fire Under The Horizon), Speakeasy Monologue Evening (Insignificant Theatre), Story Whores (paper/scissors/stone) and Dick Whittington (Chaplins).
Molly Harris (Francisca) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. Her theatre credits include Dogville, The Tempest, Three Days in the Country, Rhinoceros, Summer and Smoke (Rose Bruford College), Barefoot Gen (Maya Productions) and Lines (Pangean Productions).
Jack Lowden (Angelo) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. His theatre credits include Ghosts (Almeida and West End) for which he received both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Ian Charleson Award, Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre and West End), and Blackwatch (Barbican).
Adam McNamara (Provost) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his performance in The Physicists. Theatre credits include Stand By (Utter Productions/ Byre Theatre), Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), Black Watch (National Theatre Scotland), Hamlet (Young Vic), Betrayed (Tron Theatre) and Sub Rosa (Fire Exit).
Raad Rawi (Escalus) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. His theatre credits include Salomé, Stuff Happens, The Waiting Room, Antony & Cleopatra (National Theatre), Chilcot (LUNG at The Lowry and Battersea Arts Centre), Breaking The Code, The Moonstone, A Man with a Flower in his Mouth, As You Like It (Manchester Royal Exchange), Fred’s Diner (Chichester Theatre), The Great Game: Afghanistan (Tricycle Theatre and US Tour), Medea (Creon), The Fever Chart (Theatre Royal York), Invasion! (Soho Theatre), Called To Account, Number: The Three Responses, Half the Picture (Tricycle Theatre), The Romans In Britain, Queuing for Everest, A View From The Bridge (Sheffield Theatres), Bombay Dreams (West End), Shoot (Jermyn Street Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Sara (Cheek By Jowl), The Winter’s Tale (Method & Madness), The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isle (Orange Tree Richmond), The Brutality of Fact (New End, Hampstead), Madman of the Balconies, Oblomov (Gate Theatre), Deborah’s Daughter (Library Theatre), A Flea in Her Ear (Theatr Clwyd and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Berenice, The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), The Care of Time (Anglia), Eurovision (Drill Hall), Animal (Southampton), The Miser (Birmingham and Tour), Dead Men (Traverse), The Cherry Orchard, Women Beware Women, Birds (Oxford), Buck Ruxton (Lancaster), of Passage (Hampstead Theatre), Measure For Measure, Fitting for Ladies (Edinburgh Lyceum), Naked Robots, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) and Cymbeline, Science Fictions, Arabian Nights (Shared Experience).
Sule Rimi (Claudio) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. Theatre credits include Love and Information (Sheffield Theatres), The Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre, Australia and New Zealand), Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield Theatres), Mary Stuart, They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida Theatre), The Suicide (National Theatre), The Rolling Stone (The Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Orange Tree Theatre), Bordergame (National Theatre Wales), Babes in the Woods (Rainbow Valley Productions), Downtown Paradise rehearsed reading (Welsh Fargo Theatre Company), Othello (Fluellen Theatre Company), Muscle (Shock n Awe), Serious Money (Walking Exploits), Robinson Crusoe, Aladdin (Owen Money Theatre Company), Stanley’s Magic Lamp and the Heart of Darkness (Twm O’r Nant), New Arrivals rehearsed reading (Sherman Theatre Company) and Do Mice Think Bats Are Angels?, Othello, Victory (UGly).
Anwar Russell (Thomas) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Measure for Measure. Theatre credits include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Out of this World with V-Tol and Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Drowned Man with Punchdrunk and Can We Talk About This? with DV8 Physical Theatre (National Theatre) and Mischief with Theatre Rites (Broadway).
Helena Wilson (Mariana) returns to the Donmar Warehouse after her performance in The Lady from the Sea directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. She is also currently starring in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Helena’s theatre credits include Love Me Now (Tristan Bates Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Thelma Holt International Tour), The Alchemist (OUDS National Tour), Breathing Corpses (Knack Kneed Theatre), The Architect (Hypnotist Theatre), Dahling, You Were Marvellous! (Burton Taylor Studio), Lord of the Flies (O’Reilly Theatre), Slag (Burton Taylor Studio) and Cabaret (Robinson Theatre).