Mind games with Ford’s Jacobean tragedy The Broken Heart

Sam Wanamaker Theatre

Television favourites Amy Morgan (Mr Selfridge), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) and Luke Thompson (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) are to star in The Broken Heart at The Globe.

Directed by Caroline Steinbeis Ford’s tragedy explores the devastating consequences of virtue’s attempts to resist desire in a world of stifling restraint and repression.

The scene is ancient Sparta and the loving couple Penthea and Orgilus are forced apart by her brother and Penthea is pressed into a loveless marriage with a brutal and jealous old man.

Orgilus, disguised as a poor scholar, watches, waits, and as events unfold, unleashes a terrible cycle of revenge.

Ford’s fascination with psychology and mental extremes are found everywhere in this brilliantly nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.

Owen Teale is currently best known for his long-running role as Ser Alliser Thorne in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

He won a Tony Award for his appearance in A Doll’s House opposite Janet McTeer (West End, Broadway) and his other stage credits include Creditors (Donmar Warehouse), Ivanov (National Theatre) and The Country (Royal Court).

His screen credits also include Torchwood, Conspiracy and The Cherry Orchard.

Amy Morgan is currently appearing in the hit TV series Mr Selfridge as Grace Calthorpe.

She starred as Rose Trelawny in Joe Wright’s Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar, and her other recent stage credits include An Ideal Husband (Chichester Festival Theatre), Once a Catholic (Tricycle Theatre) and The Country Wife (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Luke Thompson was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer and for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe in 2013.

Last summer he gave a critically-acclaimed performance as Marc Anthony in Dominic Dromgoole’s production of Julius Caesar.

His screen credits include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and In The Club.

The Broken Heart is to be performed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, from March 12-April 18.

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