Jasper Britton returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company this spring to head a large ensemble in the first of two productions at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Swan Theatre.
The RSC is continuing it commitment to celebrate the work of Shakespeare’s contemporaries by staging Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta and Love’s Sacrifice by John Ford.
Making his RSC debut Justin Audibert, artistic associate for HighTide Festival Theatre and Red Ladder, directs Marlowe’s play of religious conflict and revenge
Jasper Britton, who played the title role in Gregory Doran’s productions of Henry IV Parts I and II, now takes on the complex Machiavellian protagonist, Barabas.
Love’s Sacrifice is directed by Matthew Dunster who also makes his RSC debut with a rarely performed thrilling revenge tragedy powered by the destructive force of unrequited love.
Staged for the first time in 400 years, Love’s Sacrifice was the winning play of the Scholar’s Pitch, a challenge set by Gregory Doran for academics to suggest a forgotten 17th century play that would appeal to a modern audience.
At the centre of this tale of jealousy is the beautiful Bianca who will be played by Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint in Doctor Who).
Playing her devoted and jealous husband the Duke of Pavy, a character with echoes of Shakespeare’s Othello, is Matthew Needham.
The productions are cross-cast. The cast for The Jew of Malta includes: Andy Apollo, Sheila Atim, Jasper Britton, Guy Burgess, Beth Cordingly, Geoffrey Freshwater, Marcus Griffiths, Rhiannon Handy, Simon Hedger, Julian Hoult, Matthew Kelly, Annette McLaughlin, Lanre Malaolu, Matthew Needham, Steven Pacey, Richard Rees, Colin Ryan, Nav Sidhu, Catrin Stewart and Gabby Wong.
The cast for Love’s Sacrifice includes: Andy Apollo, Sheila Atim, Guy Burgess, Beth Cordingly, Geoffrey Freshwater, Marcus Griffiths, Rhiannon Handy, Simon Hedger, Julian Hoult, Matthew Kelly, Jamie Thomas King, Jonathan McGuinness, Annette McLaughlin, Matthew Needham, Richard Rees, Colin Ryan, Nav Sidhu, Catrin Stewart and Gabby Wong.
The Jew Of Malta runs from March 18 – September 8 and Love’s Sacrifice from April 11 – June 24.