BILLY POSTLETHWAITE LEADS THE CAST OF WATERMILL ENSEMBLE’S SHAKESPEARE AUTUMN TOUR
WATERMILL THEATRE WATERMILL ENSEMBLE presents
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Hart
Designed by Katie Lias
Movement by Tom Jackson Greaves
Lighting designed by Tom White
Sound designed by David Gregory
Video projection design by Louise Rhoades-Brown (Macbeth)
The Watermill Theatre has announced the casting for the autumn tour of its highly acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream coming to Northern Stage 11-14 September 2019.
Billy Postlethwaite will play Lysander. Postlethwaite, whose credits include Chernobyl (HBO/Sky) and Game Of Thrones (HBO), Stanhope in Journey’s End for The Watermill, The Madness of King George (Nottingham Playhouse), will be joined by Emma McDonald as Titania / Hippolyta, Peter Mooney as Quince, Offue Okegbe as Theseus, Mike Slader as Demetrius, Molly Chesworth as Puck, Robyn Sinclair as Helena, Emma Barclay as Bottom, Jamie Satterthwaite and Oberon and Lucy Keirl as Hermia.
The six-week tour begins at Northern Stage Newcastle on 11 September and culminates at Theatre Royal Norwich on 19 October. Playing side-by-side, Artistic Director Paul Hart’s visceral actor- musician led productions are presented by the Newbury based theatre’s celebrated residentShakespeare company, The Watermill Ensemble, whose previous successes have also included Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.
Hart’s magical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream received rave reviews when it premiered at the theatre. The Stage described it as “fizzing with charm and humour” and What’s On
Stage hailed it as “an evening of magical delight”. This staging of Shakespeare’s most popular playemploys the hedonistic soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday as an intoxicating backdrop to the story of four lovers who throw off the decorum of the royal courts, for on one fateful magic- filled night in the enchanted Athenian woods.
The Watermill Theatre’s Artistic Director Paul Hart says, “The aim is to create new Shakespeare productions that excite and engage audiences of all ages and walks of life. To be taking this work from The Watermill to these major theatres across the country is incredibly exciting. It’s a great opportunity for us to share our unique style of work that combines Shakespeare’s astonishinglanguage with physical theatre and live music to create bold new versions of these great plays. I’mthrilled to have so many of the ensemble return as well a number of new actors who have recently performed on the Watermill stage. It allows us to keep on breathing new life into Shakespeare’s words.”