Olivier Award winner for musical Kinky Boots, Matt Henry will make his Shakespeare’s Globe debut in Barrie Rutter’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe on 25 May (press night is 30 May). The production will mark Rutter’s first production since stepping down as artistic director of Northern Broadsides.
The Two Noble Kinsmen will be designed by Jessica Worrall and composed by Eliza Carthy.
Matt Henry will play Pirithous. An Olivier Award winner for his portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots (West End), Henry’s other theatre credits include Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Bath), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate) and The Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK tour).
Paul Stocker will play Palamon, returning to the Globe after appearing as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida in 2009. Stocker’s other theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End), Coral, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (National Theatre Studio) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park).
Bryan Dick will play Arcite. Dick’s previous theatre work includes Years of Sunlight (Theatre 503), Hobson’s Choice (UK Touring), Seminar (Hampstead Theatre) and Public Enemy (Young Vic).
Jude Akuwudike is Theseus. Akuwudike’s previous theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths (Arcola), The Royale (Bush Theatre), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic) and Hamlet Asylum Seeker (Talawa Theatre/BandBazi).
Moyo Akandé is Hippolyta. Akandé’s previous theatre work includes Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Only the Brave (Soho Theatre) and The Witches (Dundee Repertory Theatre).
Ellora Torchia will play Emilia, making her first appearance on The Globe stage after appearing as Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year. Torchia’s other theatre work includes The Treatment (Almeida) and Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre).
Sue Devaney will play First Queen. Devaney’s recent theatre work includes The Kitchen Sink (Oldham Coliseum), A Christmas Carol, The Threepenny Opera (Bolton Octagon), When We Are Married (Northern Broadsides/UK tour), Our Gracie (Oldham Coliseum) and Fetish Knights (Lowry Theatre Manchester).
Francesca Mills will play Jailer’s Daughter. Mills’ previous theatre work includes A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park), Cyrano De Bergerac (Northern Broadsides/UK Tour) and A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicite/National Theatre).