Fresh faces from Liverpool’s thriving theatre community join Daniel Taylor Productions this month for two classic Shakespearean productions.
Liverpool actors James Ledsham and Faye Griffiths play star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet that is set in 1880s strife torn Protestant and Catholic Liverpool.
The production is running in rep at the city’s Epstein Theatre with the company’s critically acclaimed, immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Produced and directed by Blood Brothers and West End star Daniel Taylor, this ten-day run of Shakespeare’s most-loved plays offers a fresh and immersive experience, with settings chosen to resonate with modern audiences and appeal in particular to newcomers to Shakespeare’s work.
Faye Griffiths has already performed as part of the ensemble cast for Cilla the Musical during its Liverpool run last September.
Her role, as Juliet, represents her first major stage role, and she will be reprising the role of Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Theatre credits for her Romeo, James Ledsham, include Those Two Weeks (Naughty Corner Productions), Nights in Oblivion (Committee of Horses), Ball of Fire (Blue Park Theatre Company) and Lima Syndrome (Lantern Theatre).
James Templeton (Blood Brothers – West End and UK tour, Taboo – UK tour, Jesus Christ Superstar – UK tour), reprises his critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Puck while taking on the parts of Samson and Balthazar in Romeo & Juliet.
The company also includes award-winning actor and storyteller, Fra Gunn, Sharon Byatt, Chloe Taylor, John Schumacher, Lucy Litchfield, Lenny Wood, Nick Wymer, Tim Lucas and Sam Donovan.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back a whole host of brilliant local actors who helped make such a success of the Epstein Theatre’s first ever Shakespeare production last year,” said producer Daniel Taylor.
“This year we’re performing two shows back to back in the same day, a challenge for actors of all levels of experience, but even more so for our fantastic young leads, Liverpool actors Faye Griffiths and James Ledsham, who are talented, driven additions to a magical team.”
Relocating Shakespeare’s classic from fair Verona to 1880s Liverpool, Trisha Duffy’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet explores the destructive impact of religious sectarianism close to home.
In this adaptation, two star-crossed lovers are caught between their feuding noble families, the Catholic Montagues and Protestant Capulets, resulting in tragic consequences.
Passionate young love and the destructive impact of divided communities are prominent themes in this fresh adaptation of what is widely regarded as the greatest love story of all time.
Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Epstein’s first ever production of a Shakespeare play, which also saw Daniel in his first directorial role, received rave reviews and engaged audiences of all ages.
Adapted by Helen Jeffery the production is high energy and laugh-out-loud, Shakespeare’s effervescent comedy with all the vitality of its earliest performances.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Romeo and Juliet runs from Wednesday, April 11, to April 21.