Greek tragedy for Derbhle Crotty in Marina Carr’s RSC Hecuba


Former Lady Macbeth, Derbhle Crotty, returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to take the lead in Marina Carr’s new version of Euripides’ Greek tragedy, Hecuba, in the Swan Theatre this autumn.

Directed by RSC deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, Hecuba opens September 24.

Crotty previously played Lady Macbeth and Lady Duncan in the 2007 rep season of Macbeth and Ionesco’s Macbett. She is currently playing Bolingbroke/Henry IV in DruidShakespeare, which has played various venues in Ireland, New York and at the Kilkenny Festival.

Derbhle Crotty

Also returning is RSC associate artist Ray Fearon as Agamemnon, who has worked extensively with the RSC, most recently as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and as the title role in Othello (1999).

His recent theatre credits include playing Macduff in Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival; Ray also appeared in the 2006 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Joining him is Edmund Kingsley who plays Polymestor. Edmund can currently be seen in the BBC 2 mini-series Life in Squares as John Maynard Keynes.

His RSC credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Tempest, as part of the Complete Works Festival, Richard III, King John and Lord of the Flies.

The full cast includes: Nadia Albina, David Ajao, Derbhle Crotty, Ray Fearon, Edmund Kingsley, Amy McAllister, Chu Omambala and Lara Stubbs.

Hecuba runs from September 17-October 17.

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