Full casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Congreve’s Love for Love and Helen Edmundson’s new play Queen Anne, both playing in repertory in the Swan Theatre this Winter.
Love for Love is a glorious Restoration comedy, where love for love is stronger than love for money. This will be the first production of this play by the RSC and is directed by Selina Cadell who makes her RSC directorial debut. Playing the main character of Valentine, who finds himself at a standstill faced with his father’s displeasure and financial difficulties, is Tom Turner. Best known for playing Nate in Hollyoaks, Tom is also part of the comedy threesome ‘The Grandees’; his other credits include TV series Pat & Cabbage. Playing his father Sir Sampson Legend is Nicholas Le Prevost, who returns to the RSC having previously played Benedick in the 2002 production Much Ado About Nothing. More recently he appeared in Man & Superman (National Theatre).
As previously announced, the title role of Queen Anne is played by Jodhi May, whose credits include The Other Boleyn Girl, Polar Bears (Donmar Warehouse) and the recent series of Game of Thrones. Joining her as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough is Natascha McElhone, who is most well-known for the films The Truman Show and Solaris. Playing her husband John Churchill is Robert Cavanah, who recently appeared in Emmerdale in the recurring role of Ian. His recent theatre credits include Men Should Weep (National Theatre) and Macbeth (Octagon Theatre, Bolton).
The full cast for Love for Love includes: Daisy Ashford (Nurse); Jonathan Broadbent (Tattle); Robert Cavanah (Scandal); Jonathan Christie (Servant); Daniel Easton (Ben Legend); Michael Fenton Stevens (Buckram); Hermione Gulliford (Mrs Foresight); Nicholas Le Prevost (Sir Sampson Legend); Justine Mitchell (Angelica); Hywel Morgan (Trapland); Carl Prekopp (Jeremy); Jenny Rainsford (Miss Prue); Elliott Ross (Servant); Michael Thomas (Old Foresight); Anna Tierney (Jenny); Tom Turner (Valentine Legend); Ragevan Vasan (Robin) and Zoe Waites (Mrs Frail).
The full cast for Queen Anne includes: Daisy Ashford (Lady Clarendon); Jonathan Broadbent (Robert Harley); Robert Cavanah (John Churchill); Jonathan Christie (Arthur Maynwearing); Daniel Easton (Colonel Masham); Michael Fenton Stevens (Dr John Radcliffe); Richard Hope (Sidney Godolphin); Jodhi May (Queen Anne); Natascha McElhone (Sarah Churchill); Hywel Morgan (Prince George of Denmark); Beth Park (Abigail Hill); Carl Prekopp (Defoe/William III); Jenny Rainsford (Jezebel/Lady-in-Waiting); Elliott Ross (Jack Churchill); Anna Tierney (Lady Somerset); Tom Turner (Jonathan Swift) and Ragevan Vasan (Groom).
Love for Love set design is by Tom Piper with costume design by Rosalind Ebbutt, lighting by Vince Herbert. The music is composed by Eliza Thompson with sound by Claire Windsor. Movement is by Stuart Sweeting.
Queen Anne is designed by Hannah Clark with lighting by Charles Balfour. The music and sound is by Ben and Max Ringham. Movement is by Ann Yee and video by Will Duke.