Olivia Vinall and Edward Hogg take the roles of Rosalind and Orlando in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s As You Like It, with Keziah Joseph and Beruce Khan in the roles of Celia and Oliver. Danny Kirrane plays Touchstone with Maureen Beattie as Jaques. Directed by Max Webster, the production plays from 6-28 July 2018.
With original music by former Noah and Whale frontman Charlie Fink, also joining the cast are Amy Booth-Steel (Audrey/Singer), Me’sha Bryan (Amiens/Singer), Joanne McGuinness (Phoebe/Singer), Jacade Simpson (Silvius/Singer), Jack Beale (Le Beau/Actor Musician) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (William/Actor Musician).
Completing the cast are: Simon Armstrong (Duke Fredrick/Duke Senior), Gary Lilburn (Adam/Martext), Kristian Phillips (Charles the Wrestler/Jaques De Boys) and John Stahl (Corin).
Also in the creative team are designer Naomi Dawson, movement director Polly Bennett, lighting designer Lee Curran and sound designer Gareth Fry, and musical director/arranger Phil Bateman. The season associate director (Voice & Text) is Barbara Houseman.
Olivia Vinall (Rosalind) recently played the dual roles of Laura Fairlie and Anne Catherick in BBC1’s new adaptation of The Woman in White. Previous credits include The Chekhov Trilogy (Chichester Festival/National Theatre) in the roles of Nina (The Seagull), Sofya (Platonov) and Sasha (Ivanov); Hilary in The Hard Problem, Cordelia in King Lear, and Desdemona in Othello (National Theatre).
Edward Hogg (Orlando) recently appeared as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he has also appeared in The God of Soho, Measure for Measure, The Tempest and The Storm. Other credits include Our Class, The Pillowman (National Theatre); Pictures from an Exhibition, Our Country’s Good (Young Vic); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court/Duke of Yorks) and King Lear (RSC).
Keziah Joseph (Celia) recently played Mowgli in The Jungle Book (UK Tour). Previous theatre credits include Kanye the First (HighTide Tour) and Silver Lining (Rose Theatre, Kingston).
Beruce Khan (Oliver) previously appeared at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Henry V. Other recent credits include Feste in Twelfth Night and John Forster/Young Marley in A Christmas Carol (RSC); Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe International Tour); Romeo and Juliet, What You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Madness of George III, The History Boys (UK Tour) and The Black Album (National Theatre).
Danny Kirrane (Touchstone) previously appeared in A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath); Three Sisters (Young Vic); Boys, Romeo and Juliet (Headlong); The History Boys (National Theatre) and Jerusalem (Royal Court/Apollo/Broadway).
Maureen Beattie (Jaques) has appeared extensively at the RSC, including The Histories, Titus Andronicus and Macbeth, and recently appeared in The Ferryman (Gielgud), Yerma (Young Vic) and Neaptide (National Theatre). She also appeared in The Cherry Orchard, and Max Webster’s production of The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).
Simon Armstrong (Duke Fredrick/Duke Senior) has appeared in The Winter’s Tale, Pericles and Hamlet (Tour) for Shakespeare’s Globe, with television credits including Game of Thrones and The Hollow Crown.
Gary Lilburn (Adam/Martext) has appeared in The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe);The Cripple of Inishmaan (Michael Grandage Company); Calendar Girls (Chichester Festival/West End); and The Weir (Royal Court).
Kristian Phillips (Charles the Wrestler/Jaques De Boys) appeared in Richard III (Almeida); as Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour) and Season’s Greetings (Theatre Clwyd).
John Stahl (Corin) has appeared regularly at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and Traverse Theatre, and recently appeared in Max Webster’s production of The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).
Amy Booth-Steel (Audrey/Singer) appeared in Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); Betty Blue Eyes (Mercury Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Light Princess and One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre).
Me’sha Bryan (Amiens/Singer) recently appeared as The Washing Machine in Caroline or Change (Chichester Festival/Hampstead).
Joanne McGuinness (Phoebe/Singer) appeared in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre/Melbourne Festival).
Jacade Simpson (Silvius/Singer) performed in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales).
Jack Beale (Le Beau/Actor Musician) played the Guy in Once (Phoenix) and appeared in The Lorax (Old Vic); Spend, Spend, Spend (The Watermill) and Brief Encounter (UK Tour/Kneehigh).
Silas Wyatt-Barke (William/Actor Musician) appeared in The Lorax (Old Vic); Forty Years On (Chichester Festival) and Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter).