Catherine McCormack cast in Heresy of Love

19 September 2011

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Catherine McCormack cast in RSC's The Heresy of Love

The Heresy of Love
A New Play by Helen Edmundson

Swan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB

2 February – 9 March 2011
Press Night: 8 February 2011

Catherine McCormack makes her RSC debut in Helen Edmundson's inspirational new play, The Heresy of Love.

Catherine will play the central role of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the writer of The House a Desires, a play which was performed as part of the RSC's Spanish Golden Age Season in 2004.

Sor Juana was a nun with a gift for writing plays and poetry. She was celebrated by the court but her success created alarm and jealousy within the Church.

Catherine's films include the lead in Anna Campion's Loaded, Braveheart, Spy Game and Dangerous Beauty.

Amongst her recent stage credits are: The 39 Steps, Nora in A Doll's House directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal Bath and the UK tour of Headlong's Six Characters in Search of an Author directed by Rupert Goold.

The play will be directed by Nancy Meckler and designed by Katrina Lindsay, the same team that produced the RSC's current hugely successful production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Lighting is by Ben Ormerod.

Further casting details will be announced as soon as they are available.

Director Nancy Meckler said of casting Catherine in the role: 'Aside from the remarkable coincidence that Catherine McCormack looks very like the only portrait we have of Juana, she also brings to the role the ability to play deep intelligence, ferocious integrity and real charm.'

For further information please contact Nada Zakula in the RSC Press Office on 01789 412622

Note to Editors: The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue Heinz Trust.

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