The RSC’s Swan Theatre is staging two premieres this winter which are both thought-provoking and comical.
Philip Breen directs Jacobean comedy, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker, which is produced for the first time by the RSC and opens for previews on the 11 December.
Angus Jackson makes his RSC debut, directing the world premiere of Tom Morton-Smith’s new play, Oppenheimer, set in 1930s America and the Manhattan Project, opening for previews on 15 January.
Both productions are crossed cast and run in repertory until 7 March.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday is Dekker’s eccentric city comedy of a cobbler who ends up as Mayor of London around a backdrop of star crossed lovers and wars.
Playing the larger than life character of Simon Eyre is David Troughton.
Oppenheimer, a major new play by Tom Morton-Smith about the father of the atom bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is to be played by John Heffernan.
John returns to the RSC having last been with the company in 2007 for The Seagull and King Lear, more recently he was at the National Theatre playing the title role in Edward II.
Oppenheimer explores the tension between scientific advances and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of achieving greatness.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday full cast includes: Ben Allen, Ross Armstrong, Daniel Boyd, Vincent Carmichael, Laura Cubitt, Hedydd Dylan, Sandy Foster, William Gaminara, Michael Grady-Hall, Michael Hodgson, Jack Holden, Andrew Langtree, Joel MacCormack, Tom McCall, Josh O’Connor, Vivien Parry, Thomasin Rand, David Troughton and Jamie Wilkes.
Oppenheimer full cast includes: Ben Allen, Ross Armstrong, Daniel Boyd, Vincent Carmichael, Laura Cubitt, Hedydd Dylan, Sandy Foster, William Gaminara, Michael Grady-Hall, John Heffernan, Jack Holden, Oliver Johnstone, Andrew Langtree, Joel MacCormack, Tom McCall, Josh O’Connor, Thomasin Rand, Catherine Steadman and Jamie Wilkes.