A Mad World My Masters

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Sean Foley and Phil Porter have edited of Middleton's outrageous 'city comedy', keeping it faithful to the original, but adapting it to fit the seedy world of 1950s Soho.

They have updated character names and included songs of the time.

Sean, who is also directing the play, explains: 'We cut away innuendoes, references and allusions to things no one has heard of any more; changed names when Middleton's joke could be rendered more clearly with modern language; and 'translated' from Jacobean English in to our own contemporary idioms in those few passages where we judged that Middleton's intentions and humour would be too buried in inaccessible language.'

The cast for A Mad World My Masters includes Richard Goulding as Dick Follywit. Richard last appeared on our stage in the double bill of Trevor Nunn's King Lear and The Seagull in 2007 with Ian McKellen, and played Edgar to Jonathan Pryce's Lear at the Almeida in 2012.

John Hopkins plays Penitent Brothel. John is known for his regular role of Sgt Scott opposite John Nettles in the ITV series Midsomer Murders, and recently appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's series Dancing on the Edge.

Sarah Ridgeway, playing Truly Kidman, also returns to the RSC where she last performed in Roy Williams' play Days of Significance.

The cast also includes: Joe Bannister (Footman), Ellie Beaven (Mrs Littledick), Ishia Bennison (Mrs Kidman), Ben Deery (Sponger), Richard Durden (Spunky), Gwilym Lloyd (Caretaker/Sir Aquitaine Squodge), Harry McEntire (Oboe), Perry Millward (Waiter/Footman), Ciarán Owens (Master Whopping Prospect), Nicholas Prasad (Master Muchly Minted), Ian Redford (Sir Bounteous Progress), Rose Reynolds (Debutante/Escort), Steffan Rhodri (Mr Littledick), David Rubin (Private Detective/Andrew Skunknodger), Badria Timimi (Waitress/Escort), Dwane Walcott (Constable) and Jonny Weldon (Waiter/Footman).

A Mad World My Masters plays in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 6 June to 25 October 2013.

Photo: Richard Goulding, playing Dick Follywit.

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