Rehearsals have started for our new production of The Winter's Tale.
Directed by Lucy Bailey, the show will include Tara Fitzgerald as Hermione, Adam Levy in the role of Polixenes, Jo Stone-Fewings playing Leontes and Rakie Ayola as Paulina.
The cast also includes Daniel Betts (Camillo), Gavin Fowler (Florizel), Nick Holder (Young Shepherd), Kieran Knowles (Gaoler), Pearce Quigley (Autolycus), David Shaw-Parker (Shepherd), Sally Bankes (Dorcas), Andrew Hanratty (Lord), Daniel Millar (Dion), Charlotte Mills (Mopsa) Emma Noakes (Perdita), Joseph Pitcher (Cleomenes), Phil Snowden (Mariner), Bethan Walker (Emilia), Ben Whybrow (Lord) and Duncan Wisbey (Antigonus).
Tara Fitzgerald makes her RSC debut in the role of Hermione. She recently finished recording the third series of HBO's Game of Thrones, due to be screened in the US and the UK in 2013. Her film work includes I Capture The Castle, Brassed Off, Sirens and The Englishman Who Went Up The Hill But Came Down A Mountain.
Jo Stone-Fewings last appeared with the RSC as Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other RSC credits include: The City Madam, Orsino in Twelfth Night, and the Bastard in King John.
Rakie Ayola who is best known for her role as Kyla Tyson in Holby City, makes her RSC debut as Hermione's faithful servant, Paulina.
Adam Levy previously appeared at the RSC as Paris in 2006's Troilus and Cressida, the Beast in Beauty and The Beast (2003), Napoleon in Back to Methuselah (2000/2001) and Henry IV, Part 1 (2000/2001).
The Winter's Tale plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 24 January to 23 February 2013, then will tour to Milton Keynes, York, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Stoke.
Photo: Jo Stone-Fewings in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011), directed by Nancy Meckler.