Something wicked set to promenade at St Paul’s The Actors Church

Macbeth. Images Hannah Barton.

Iris Theatre’s 10th anniversary production is Macbeth which opens at St Paul’s, The Actors’ Church, in London’s Covent Garden, starring David Hywel Baynes who has returned from the US to take the role of the murderous king.

Artistic director Daniel Winder opens the 2017 season by directing Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a terrifying journey into the mind of a murderer.

The production will weave its way around the grounds of St Paul’s Church; reflecting the play’s journey into the twisted mental landscape of Macbeth as he rises to be king.

Returning to Iris Theatre after three years, David Hywel Baynes takes on the title role, following his critically-acclaimed and Offie-nominated performance in the Iris production of Richard III.

David said: “Getting the chance to come back and work on my favourite play with the Iris family was a no-brainer. The environment surrounding Iris during the summer season is like no other.

“And it’s truly an honour to be back in London with them as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. May there be many more to come!”

The full Macbeth cast is David Hywel Baynes (Macbeth/Rebel Soldier). Theatre credits include Caliban in The Tempest (Ophelia Theatre Group); The Dauphin, Henry V (Globe); Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Wind in the Willows (Iris Theatre at St Paul’s Church).

Stephan Boyce (Duncan & Seyton/Porter & Padock & Apparitions). Theatre includes: Romeo & Juliet (Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse); Titus Andronicus (The Malachite Theatre Company); Thirst (Brightlights Production Company).

Jenny Horsthuis (Malcolm & Lady Macduff & Second Witch). Theatre includes: Mr Kolpert, Olga, Othello, The Cherry Orchard, The Taming of The Shrew, Pressure Drop, Summer Brave,The Baden-Baden Lesson on Consent, The Permanent Way (East 15).

Nick Howard-Brown (Banquo & Captain & Apparitions). Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Pinocchio, Julius Caesar, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Iris); The Merchant of Venice (The Globe); Hamlet (Tivoli Theatre).

Linford Johnson (Ross/1st Witch). Theatre includes: Show Boat (New London); War Horse (UK, Ireland, South Africa tour); Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); Alice’s Adventures Underground (Waterloo Vaults).

Mogali Masuku (Lady Macbeth & Macduff’s Son & Captain’s Son & Fleance & Third Witch). This is Mogali’s professional debut.

Matt Stubbs (Macduff & Murderer & Harpier & Apparitions). Theatre includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stafford Castle); Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Page2Stage Productions); Love In The Wood (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Winder has also penned the family show, a new adaptation of Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga.

Featuring a life-size, edible gingerbread house, this production will follow Hansel and Gretel as they travel deeper and deeper into a dark, forbidding forest.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Daniel Winder, will run from June 21 – July 29 with Hansel & Gretel running August 3 – September 3.

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