Troilus and Cressida casting

28 May 2012

WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL UPDATE

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
The Wooster Group/RSC project

 
Casting update

Troilus and Cressida
By William Shakespeare
The Wooster Group/Royal Shakespeare Company Co-production
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte and Mark Ravenhill

The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: 3 – 18 August 2012
Press night: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 7pm

Box Office: www.rsc.org.uk or 0844 800 1111

The co-production of Shakespeare's epic Trojan play between The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company, commissioned by the RSC especially for the World Shakespeare Festival, starts rehearsals with the six RSC members of the cast in London today.

The two different companies are creating their responses to the play's factions of Greeks (RSC) and Trojans (The Wooster Group) independently of each other - The Wooster Group have already been rehearsing their part of the show at their base in New York, and will join RSC rehearsals in London at the end of June. This will be when the two 'factions' meet for the very first time to compare their work on the show in what will be both a collision and a collaboration, making for an explosive piece of theatre.

Co-directed by Elizabeth LeCompte (for The Wooster Group) and Mark Ravenhill (RSC Writer in Residence), Troilus and Cressida performs in the Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 3 - 18 August. It will then transfer to the Riverside Studios, London from August 24 – 8 September 2012.

The UK cast includes Joe Dixon (Achilles), Scott Handy (Ulysses), Aidan Kelly (Ajax), Clifford Samuel (Patroclus), Zubin Varla (Thersites) and Danny Webb (Agamemnon/Diomedes); and from The Wooster Group Jibz Cameron (Cassandra), Ari Fliakos ( Hector), Marin Ireland (Cressida), Jennifer Lim (Andromache), Greg Mehrten (Pandarus), Bruce Odland (Priam), Andrew Schneider (Aeneas), Scott Shepherd (Troilus), and Gary Wilmes (Paris).

The production is co designed by Laura Hopkins and Studio Folkert de Jong, with lighting by Nigel Edwards and Music by Jocelyn Pook for the RSC and Bruce Odland for The Wooster Group. The Associate Director/ Movement Director is Jane Gibson for the RSC and Kate Valk is Associate Director for The Wooster Group.

For further information, please contact philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk or elsie.king@rsc.org.uk

For press ticket requests, please contact dean.asker@rsc.org.uk or 01789 412660 Twitter # WSFTroilus

Notes to Editors:

  • The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organizations.. It runs from 12 April to November and forms part of London 2012 Festival which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival in the summer of 2012.

For further details http://www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk/
The World Shakespeare Festival is supported by BP, as founding Presenting Partner, and by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.
Social media links at www.facebook.com/worldshakespearefestival and www.twitter.com/wsf2012

  • The Wooster Group is an ensemble of experimental theatre artists now in its 36th year. Director Elizabeth LeCompte in collaboration with the company's performers and technical artists have made more than 30 works for theatre, film, and video, including Rumstick Road (1977), L.S.D. (…Just the High Points…) (1984), Brace Up! (1991), House/Lights (1999), To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) (2002), Who's Your Dada?! (2006), Hamlet (2007), There is Still Time..Brother (2007), the opera La Didone (2008) and The Wooster Group's Version of Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carré (2011). In the Group's productions, texts and technology are interwoven to tell stories in new ways. The Performing Garage at 33 Wooster Street in New York City is the company's permanent home, and Group productions have toured extensively in the U.S. and internationally. The company produces a daily video blog at www.thewoostergroup.org
  • Rehearsal photographs will be available from the RSC Press Office in due course. 
  • Production photographs will be available from www.epo-online.com a few days after the first preview performance.

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