Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for Emma Rice’s inaugural season as Artistic Director. Singing sensation and performance artist Meow Meow will play Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from 30 April. From 18 June, Tara Fitzgerald will play Lady Macbeth, opposite Ray Fearon in the eponymous role.
The summer season will open with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Emma Rice. Meow Meow stars as the fairy queen Titania, having worked with Emma previously on Kneehigh’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Rep, California). A post-post-modern performance artist, her career has encompassed sell out concerts at the Lincoln Centre New York and the Sydney Opera House. Opera credits include Brecht/Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (London Philharmonic), Andriessen’s De Materie (LA Philharmonic) and the Fest für Pina 40 season (Pina Bausch Company). In 2014, she won critical acclaim for her solo shows Feline Intimate and Apocalypse Meow, both at London’s Southbank Centre.
From 18 June, Tara Fitzgerald and Ray Fearon will star in Iqbal Khan’s Macbeth. Tara Fitzgerald, playing Lady Macbeth, has had an extensive career on both stage and screen. Recent stage credits including Gaslight (Northampton Royal), The Winter’s Tale (RSC), Broken Glass (Vaudeville), The Misanthrope (Comedy Theatre) and A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse). Screen credits include Churchill’s Secret (ITV), The Musketeers (BBC One), Legend, Child 44 and Exodus: Gods and Kings. She recently played the role of Selyse Baratheon in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Ray Fearon’s recent stage career has included Hecuba, Pericles, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The White Devil, Troilus and Cressida, Moby Dick and The Merchant of Venice (RSC), World Music (Donmar Warehouse) and Sing Yer Heart out for the Lads (National Theatre). Ray played the centaur Firenze in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and has recently completed filming for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Television includes Missing, Silk and Waking the Dead (BBC One). He is known for his long-running role as mechanic Nathan Harding in ITV’s Coronation Street.
Other cast members for A Midsummer Night’s Dream include Katy Owen, Ankur Bahl, Ewan Wardrop, Ncuti Gatwa, Nandi Bhebhe, Edmund Derrington, Anjana Vasan and Lucy Thackeray. Several members of the company have previously worked with Emma Rice in Kneehigh productions.
Ewan Wardrop will take the role of Bottom. Previous credits include the UK tour of Rebecca (Kneehigh/ David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers), ENRON (West End), The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre), and he has previously worked with the RSC and Complicité. Initially trained as a dancer, Ewan was a principal performer with Matthew Bourne’s company Adventures in Motion Pictures, taking leading roles in Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and The Car Man. Katy Owen will play Puck, having previously appeared in Kneehigh’s Rebecca and 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.
Nandi Bhebhe’s theatre credits include 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh), A Season in the Congo (Young Vic), Fela! (National Theatre/ Broadway/ US Tour) and 5, 6, 7, 8 (Royal Court). As a dancer, credits include Vocab Dance Company’s Kwenda Kwenda (Southbank Centre) and Strike Dance (Salsaroja Dance Festival, Liverpool). Anjana Vasan’s recent credits include Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), Call the Midwife (BBC One) and Fresh Meat (Channel 4).
Tanika Gupta will be dramaturg for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tanika’s writing credits include Voices on the Wind, The Waiting Room and Sanctuary (National Theatre), Skeleton (Soho Theatre) Inside Out (Arcola Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Young Vic), Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre), Catch (Royal Court Theatre), White Boy (National Youth Theatre/ Soho Theatre) and Great Expectations (Watford Palace Theatre). In 2015, she adapted Meera Syal’s Anita and Me. Tanika has also written extensively for television, including for EastEnders, Grange Hill, A Suitable Boy, The Bill and Crossroads.