Grantchester’s James Norton on the Button at Shakespeare’s Globe

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A line-up of top names will be making appearances at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare Globe’s winter retreat on London’s Bankside.

Grantchester and Happy Valley star James Norton, Aidan Gillen from The Wire and Game of Thrones, plus and Deborah Findlay (State of Play, Cranford) will perform in the Winter’s Tales series over Christmas and New Year.

Trystan Gravelle (Mr Selfridge, Anonymous) will star as De Flores alongside Hattie Morahan in Dominic Dromgoole’s forthcoming production of The Changeling and Sam Crane (1984, Desperate Romantics) will play the eponymous castrato in Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King.

James Norton is set to read The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and other short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald on January 4.

He has recently been appearing as crime-detecting vicar, Sidney Chambers, in the ITV series Grantchester but first came to prominence on TV as the bad boy Tommy Lee Royce in the BBC’s Happy Valley, and Henry Alveston in Death Comes to Pemberley.

BAFTA and Tony-nominated actor Aidan Gillen is best known as Stuart Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer As Folk, as Tommy Carcetti in the award-winning HBO drama The Wire and as Petyr Baelish in Game of Thrones.

Aidan will read The Dead and other short stories by James Joyce on December 29.

Olivier Award-winning actress Deborah Findlay most recently appeared in the BBC series Cranford as Augusta Tompkinson. Her other screen credits include Suite Française, State of Play and Foyle’s War.

Her recent stage credits include Coriolanus, Madame de Sade and John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), and Mother Clap’s Molly House and Stanley (National Theatre).

Deborah will read ‘The Garden Party’ and other short stories by Katherine Mansfield, in place of Juliet Stevenson who has had to withdraw from the performance.

Hattie Morahan. Photo by Bronwen Sharp
Hattie Morahan.

Trystan Gravelle has played the smouldering Frenchman, Victor Colleano, in the TV series Mr Selfridge since 2012.

He has worked extensively with the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.

Sam Crane starred as Winston Smith in Headlong’s recent critically-acclaimed production of 1984 when it transferred from the Almeida to the West End.

His other stage credits include Eternal Love (English Touring Theatre) and The Humans (BAM New York).

Winter’s Tales

December 21, Anton Chekhov’s short stories, featuring The Lady with the Little Dog, read by Penelope Wilton
December 22, Katherine Mansfield’s short stories featuring ‘The Garden Party’, read by Deborah Findlay
December 28, D H Lawrence’s short stories, featuring Odour Of Chrysanthemums, read by Roger Allam
December 29, James Joyce’s short stories, featuring The Dead, read by Aidan Gillen
January 4, F Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories, featuring The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, read by James Norton
January 5, Daphne du Maurier’s short stories, featuring The Birds, read by Harriet Walter

The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and directed by Dominic Dromgoole runs from January 15–March 1.

Full cast: Liam Brennan, Brian Ferguson, Trystan Gravelle, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Simon Harrison, Joe Jameson, Adam Lawrence, Sarah MacRae, Hattie Morahan, Tom Stuart, Thalissa Teixeira, Pearce Quigley, Philip Whitchurch

Farinelli and the King by Claire van Kampen, directed by John Dove runs from February 11–March 7.

Full cast: Sam Crane, Huss Garbiya, Melody Grove, Colin Hurley, Mark Rylance, Edward Peel, Iestyn Davies (singer), William Purefoy (singer).

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