Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for Hamlet and As You Like It, the opening shows of Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director.
Opening the season on 25 April will be Hamlet, which will play alongside As You Like It from 2 May. Both written around 1599, the year the original Globe was built, these plays will be presented by The Globe Ensemble and directed by Federay Holmes and Elle While.
The 12 actors are exploring these two well-thumbed and popular plays together as an ensemble, as if for the very first time, with the unique opportunity of being able to play them in the theatrical space for which they were written.
Catrin Aaron plays Horatio in Hamlet and Phoebe in As You Like It. Her credits include The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Sex and the Three Day Week(Liverpool Playhouse), and many productions at Theatr Clwyd including The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, All My Sons and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her screen credits include The Bastard Executioner,The Indian Doctor and Casualty (BBC).
James Garnon plays Claudius in Hamlet and Audrey in As You Like It. James is a veteran of Shakespeare’s Globe, having starred in over a dozen productions in the outdoor theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, including Blanche McIntyre’s As You Like It (as Jaques), Michael Longhurst’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Duchess of Malfi with Gemma Arterton, and Dominic Dromgoole’s final show as Artistic Director, Pericles. His other theatre credits include Queen Anne (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Richard III (Almeida).
Colin Hurley plays the Ghost in Hamlet and Touchstone in As You Like It. Colin is an acclaimed Shakespearean actor who has worked extensively with the Globe, the RSC and the National Theatre. His recent stage credits include Farinelli and the King and Twelfth Night/Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe, West End, Broadway) alongside Mark Rylance. His recent screen credits include the Channel 4 black comedy series Flowers with Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt.
Bettrys Jones plays Laertes in Hamlet and Orlando in As You Like It. Bettrys’s recent theatre credits include Joe Wright’s The Life of Galileo (Young Vic), Emma Rice’s The Little Match Girl (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), and Rash Dash’s We Want You To Watch and Joe Hill-Gibbon’s Edward II (National Theatre).
Richard Katz plays Polonius in Hamlet and Silvius in As You Like It. Richard’s recent stage credits include The Encounter (Barbican, Broadway, world tour) and The Master and Margarita (Barbican, European tour) for Complicité, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors for the RSC and The Lorax at the Old Vic. His screen credits include Taboo and The Honourable Woman(BBC).