Richard II & Holy Orders for Shakespeare’s Globe this summer

Charles Edwards as Richard II. Image Bronwen Sharp
Charles Edwards as Richard II. Image Bronwen Sharp

Award-winning Sarah Woodward joins Charles Edwards in Simon Godwin’s new production of Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer.

Woodward plays the Duchess of York. Graham Butler takes the role of Aumerle. He played Henry VI in Nick Bagnall’s 2013 productions of Shakespeare’s three Henry VI plays for the Globe. His other stage credits include Journey’s End (Duke of York’s) and The White Guard (National Theatre).

Graham also has a recurring role in the Sky/Showtime TV series Penny Dreadful.

John of Gaunt will be played by William Gaunt (recent theatre includes The Crucible, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui and The Family Reunion).

William also won the Clarence Derwent Award for his role in Henry IV parts 1 and 2 at the Globe in 2010.

Full cast: Oliver Boot, Graham Butler, William Chubb, Charles Edwards, Henry Everett, William Gaunt, Jonny Glynn, Greg Haiste, Angus Imrie, Richard Katz, Ekow Quartey, Anneika Rose, David Sturzaker, Arthur Wilson, Sarah Woodward

Richard II runs in rep from July 11-October 18.

*Casting has also been announced for Helen Edmundson’s The Heresy of Love which opens on July 31.

The play premiered at the RSC in 2012, but has never been seen by London audiences. This new production stars Naomi Frederick as Sor Juana, Anthony Howell as Bishop Santa Cruz and Gabrielle Lloyd as Madre Marguerita.

This first new write of the summer explores the real life story of Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, the 17thC Mexican nun and writer who authored the surprisingly worldly romantic comedy The House of Desires from a cloistered convent.

Sister Juana joins holy orders in pursuit of a life of intellectual liberation – but the walls start closing in when illicit desires clash with religious purity, a zealous new archbishop is appointed and the Inquisition looms.

Continuing her tradition of writing sweeping, ambitious drama for and about women, Helen Edmundson’s play asks searching questions about faith, fundamentalism and freedom.

Full cast: Patrick Driver, Naomi Frederick, Anthony Howell, Gwyneth Keyworth, Gabrielle Lloyd, William Mannering, Sophia Nomvete, Rhiannon Oliver, Ellie Piercy, Susan Porrett, Gary Shelford and Philip Whitchurch.

The Heresy of Love runs from July 31–September 5.

**Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as artistic director will be productions of Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Eileen Atkins returns in January with her critically-acclaimed Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins.

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