Marc Wootton to play Bottom

5 May 2011

Marc Wootton and Arsher Ali join the RSC Ensemble to play Bottom and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB

29 July – 5 November 2011
Press Night: Thursday 4 August at 7pm

Box Office 0844 800 1110 or http://www.rsc.org.uk

The casting of the RSC's new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Nancy Meckler, is now complete. It runs in repertoire in the newly transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 29 July until 5 November 2011.

Marc Wootton makes his RSC debut to play Bottom. A comedian, writer and actor, Marc began his career with a series of comedy festival appearences and quickly made the transition to television and radio. His television work includes: My New Best Friend for Channel 4 (which he wrote and performed and it won the 2003 British Comedy Award for Best New Show), Cyderdelic, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman (Marc played the psychic Shirley), Marc Wootton Exposed and most recently La La Land – all for BBC3. His other TV work includes: Nighty Night, French and Saunders, Gavin and Stacey and Thin Ice. His films include Confetti, and Nativity. He will appear in the third series of Delocated for the American cable channel Adult Swim. He recently played Eddie in the National Theatre's production of Season's Greetings.

Arsher Ali makes a welcome return to the RSC to play Puck. He last performed for the RSC in 2008 in The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice and The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes. He plays Hassan Malik in the cult film Four Lions, has appeared in the stage and film versions of Rafta Rafta and plays the regular character Zak Khan in BBC1's Silent Witness.

Pippa Nixon (who is currently performing in Cardenio and about to open in The City Madam in the Swan Theatre) plays Titania, the Queen of the Fairies and Hippolyta. Her previous work for the company includes Roy Williams' Days of Significance in 2006 and in 2010, a version of Henry V in New York. Her other theatre credits include: the title role in Bea at Soho Theatre, Mad Forrest at the Battersea Arts Centre, Round 1, The Factory at Hampstead Theatre and a season at The Globe, when her roles included Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. Her television work includes Law and Order UK, and Wannabes.

Jo Stone-Fewings plays Oberon, the King of the Fairies and Theseus. His most recent work for the RSC includes Orsino in Twelfth Night in Stratford and the West End in 2009-10, and the Bastard in King John in 2002. Other theatre includes Dancing at Lughnasa at the Old Vic, Richard Hannay in The Thirty Nine Steps at the Criterion and Angels in America for Headlong Theatre at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Amongst his TV credits are: Misfits, New Tricks and Doctor Who.

Playing the young lovers are: Lucy Briggs-Owen as Helena, Alex Hassell as Demetrius, Matti Houghton as Hermia and Nathaniel Martello-White (Lysander). Lucy and Alex play two of the young lovers in Gregory Doran's current production of Cardenio.

The cast also includes: Maya Barcot (Fairy), Christopher Chilton (Fairy), Kammy Darweish (Egeus), Imogen Doel (Fairy), Christopher Godwin (Quince), Michael Grady-Hall (Flute), Felix Hayes (Snug), Lanre Malaolu (Fairy), Theo Ogundipe (Fairy), Chiké Okonkwo (Snout),Timothy Speyer (Starveling) and Amanda Wilkin (Fairy).

Joining Nancy on the creative team are designer Katrina Lindsay, lighting designer, Wolfgang Gobbel, composer, Keith Clouston and movement director, Liz Ranken.

For further information please contact Nada Zakula in the RSC press office on 01789 412622 or nada.zakula@rsc.org.uk

For regional enquiries and press tickets please contact Dean Asker on 01789 412660 or dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

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