Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Gina McKee will be playing the title role in Eleanor Rhode’s forthcoming production of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica, which runs from 8 September to 1 October 2017, with a press night on 13 September.
The final production of Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season, Boudica charts the story of one of Britain’s most famous warrior queens. The production is directed by Eleanor Rhode and designed by Tom Piper with music by Jules Maxwell.
Boudica also features: Joan Iyiola and Natalie Simspon as Boudica’s daughters Alonna and Blodwynn; Forbes Masson as Cunobeline; Anna-Maria Nabirye as Andraste; Samuel Collings as Catus Deciamus; and Clifford Samuel as Suetonius. The cast is completed by: Bethan Clark, Owen Findlay, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Kate Handford, Brian Martin, Abraham Popoola and Tok Stephen.
Gina McKee is well-known for a huge range of roles across stage and screen, having appeared in award-winning films such as Notting Hill, Atonement and In The Loop, and television dramas such as Line of Duty (BBC), Vera (ITV), Hebburn (BBC), The Borgias(Showtime) and most recently, Emerald City (NBC). On stage, she played Queen Elizabeth in Jamie Lloyd’s Richard III at Trafalgar Studios, Goneril in Michael Grandage’s King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse and Anne in Lyndsey Turner’s Faith Healer at the Donmar Warehouse last year.
Joan Iyiola will play Boudica’s daughter, Alonna, having starred in Omeros at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2015). Other theatre credits include The Convert (Gate Theatre), They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida), You’re so Relevant (Young Vic) and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (RSC). Recent television work includes Black Earth Rising (BBC/Netflix), NewBlood (BBC) and Yonderland (Sky).
Blodwynn, also Boudica’s daughter, will be played by Natalie Simpson. Natalie’s recent theatre work includes The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), King Lear, Cymbeline, Hamlet (RSC) and Measure for Measure (Young Vic).
Forbes Masson will play Cunobeline. Recent theatre credits include Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/Apollo Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s Theatre), Mr Foote’s Other Leg(Hampstead/Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Ruling Class and Richard III (Trafalgar Studios). Screen credits include Catastrophe (Channel 4), Doctors, Shetland: Dead Water and My Life Story (BBC).
Anna-Maria Nabirye will play the role of Andraste. Recent theatre credits include They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida), Les Blancs (National Theatre), Medea: A Solo Adaptation (The Faction) and Kampala (The Arcola). Screen credits include Misfits (E4), Collateral and Waterloo Road (BBC).
Samuel Collings will be playing the role of Catus Deciamus, returning to the Globe after appearing in The Inn at Lydda last year. Other theatre credits include Waiting for God(Tour/Seabright productions), Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s A Christmas Carol (The Vaults), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (USA Tour/AFTLS) and Macbeth (Omnibus). Television credits include New Tricks (BBC).
Clifford Samuel will play Suetonius, having starred in the Globe’s production of The Lightning Child (2013). Other theatre work includes Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes (Park Theatre), The Events (Young Vic) and One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show(Tricycle Theatre). Television credits include McMafia and Holby City (BBC).