David Troughton returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to take the lead in Titus Andronicus as part of its Rome season which begins in March.
Casting for Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, the first two of four productions in the RSC’s Rome plays, which will run in rep, includes Andrew Woodall and Alex Waldmann as Caesar and Brutus, with Antony Byrne and Josette Simon taking the leads in Antony and Cleopatra.
The season director, Angus Jackson, will direct the first and the final plays in the season – Julius Caesar and Coriolanus.
Alex Waldmann, returning to play Brutus, last appeared with the RSC in King John in 2012 and As You Like It in 2013 season. Andrew Woodall (Caesar) will also play Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra.
Antony Byrne is also returning to the company to play Mark Antony opposite Josette Simon’s Cleopatra in Iqbal Khan’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. Antony is currently playing Kent in Gregory Doran’s production King Lear, and the King and Country plays.
Titus Andronicus, which joins the repertoire in June, will be cross cast with Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.
The title role in Titus Andronicus is played by RSC Associate Artist David Troughton.
David is currently appearing as Gloucester in Gregory Doran’s production of King Lear, and has previously played several leading roles at the RSC including Richard III, Bolingbroke, as well as numerous roles for film, TV and radio (including his current role as Tony Archer in the iconic radio 4 series The Archers.)
The company also includes: Joseph Adelakun (Cobbler in Julius Caesar; Mardian in Antony and Cleopatra); Ben Allen (Cinna the Conspirator in Julius Caesar; Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra); Kristin Atherton (Calphurnia in Julius Caesar; Iras in Antony and Cleopatra); Will Bliss (Soothsayer in Antony and Cleopatra); David Burnett (Murullus in Julius Caesar; Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra); James Corrigan (Mark Antony in Julius Caesar; Agrippa in Antony and Cleopatra); Paul Dodds (Metellus Cimber in Julius Caesar; Menas in Antony and Cleopatra); Patrick Drury (Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar; Lepidus in Antony and Cleopatra); Waleed Egaldi (Soothsayer in Julius Caesar; Alexas in Antony and Cleopatra); Sean Hart (Eros in Antony and Cleopatra); Martin Hutson (Cassius in Julius Caesar); Amber James (Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra); Tom Lorcan (Publius in Julius Caesar); Luke MacGregor (Carpenter/Volumnius in Julius Caesar; Menecrates in Antony and Cleopatra); Tom McCall (Casca in Julius Caesar); Hannah Morrish (Portia in Julius Caesar); Anthony Ofoegbu (Trebonius in Julius Caesar; Diomedes in Antony and Cleopatra); Dharmesh Patel (Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar; Philo/Ventidius in Antony and Cleoaptra); Lucy Phelps (Waiting Woman in Julius Caesar; Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra); Jon Tarcy (Octavius in Julius Caesar; Varrius/Demetrius in Antony and Cleopatra); Marcello Walton (Lepidus in Julius Caesar; Scarus in Antony and Cleopatra).
Running in repertoire: Julius Caesar, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 3 March – 9 September; Antony and Cleopatra, 11 March – 7 September; Titus Andronicus, 23 June – 2 September and Coriolanus – autumn 2017, dates and casting to be confirmed.
A series of debates at the RSC will explore the power dynamics of Shakespeare’s Rome through the lens of politics today. The panels will include directors and actors from the season. The debates take place on 29 April, 20 July, 4 August at The Other Place.
Live screenings for the productions will take place:
Julius Caesar, 26 April 2017 and encore dates worldwide Antony and Cleopatra, 24 May 2017 and encore dates worldwide Titus Andronicus, 9 August 2017 and encore dates worldwide