Cast and Creatives

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Gratiano Oliver Cudbill This is Oliver's RSC debut season
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Shylock Shani Erez This is Shani's RSC debut season
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Duke / Stephano / Tubal Sam Pay

Previous RSC includes: Tamburlaine, Tartuffe, Timon of Athens

Trained: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing, Godspell, Treasure Island, The Great Gatsby (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Trelawny of the Wells, My Fair Lady, Privates On Parade (Pitlochry Festival Theatre)

Sam began working professionally in theatre at age 8, playing Portly the Baby Otter in the National Theatre's production of The Wind in the Willows, then spent 5 years as a boy soprano. He now co-hosts the award-winning weekly music podcast Song by Song.

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Antonio Morgan Philpott

This is Morgan's RSC debut season

Trained: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Theatre includes: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Secret Adversary, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Gulliver's Travels, Arabian Nights, Pinocchio, The Snow Queen (Watermill Theatre); Macbeth (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre); The 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep); The Tempest (Stafford Castle); Partners In Crime (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch); Larisa and the Merchants (Arcola Theatre); King Lear, As You Like It, Henry V (Creation Theatre); Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Guildford Shakespeare Company); The Sound of Music (Kilworth House); Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal); Larkrise To Candleford (New Perspectives); Don Quixote (Croydon Warehouse); Twelfth Night, George’s Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage Company); James and the Giant Peach (Northampton Theatre Royal); Pinocchio (Polka Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory)

Film and television includes: Casualty, Coronation Street, Doctors, Then Voyager, The Story of George Muller, Beau Brummel

Eloise Secker
Nerissa / Lancelet Gobbo Eloise Secker

Previous RSC includes: The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Rover, The Seven Acts of Mercy, Imperium I and II

Trained: Rose Bruford

Theatre includes: The Santa Trap, There Will Be Monsters (Southampton Mayflower/
Rose, Kingston/national tour); Match (Sherman Cymru/national tour); The Events (Young Vic); Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse); Pants On Fire’s Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Flea Theatre, New York/UK tour); Splosh (Salisbury Playhouse/Prime Theatre)

Radio includes: Murder by Proxy, The Gift, Chain Gang, Heathrow  

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Bassanio / Princes of Morocco and Aragon Ray Sesay

This is Ray's RSC debut season

Trained: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Theatre includes: Book of Actions (Camden People’s Theatre); 13 (Tobacco Factory); Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Red Helicopter, Sons Without Fathers (Arcola Theatre)

Television includes:
Doctor Who, Endeavour, Doctors

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Salerio Emma Swan This is Emma's RSC debut season
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Portia Yasmin Taheri

Previous RSC includes: Tamburlaine, Tartuffe

Trained: RADA

RADA training credits include: The Comedy of Errors, Stuff Happens, Easter, The House of Bernarda Alba, 3 Winters

Workshops include: Paradise Fields (Tamasha and High Tide); Twelfth Night (Globe Theatre)

Television and film includes: Holby City, Insecurity Questions, Open Wide, Stag (RADA short film)

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    30 Sep - 5 Oct 2019

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  • Running time:

    1 hr 30 mins (no interval)

Next performance:

30 September, 7:00PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

The roles of Jessica and Lorenzo will be played be members of our Next Generation: ACT company, formed of 22 students from around the country: Adam, Callum, Daisy-Mai, Dorcas, Holly, Jacob, Jerminah, Joshua, Kaleb, Kamran, Kieron, Lee, Megan, Mohamed, Nico, Oliver, Olivia, Paige, Sahana, Sahib, Scout and Stephanie.

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Our Next Generation actors with Director Robin Belfield.
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Next Generation gives talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to explore a career in acting, directing or working backstage. Participants in the programme are recruited from the thousands of young people who attend (or have attended) our 500+ associate and partner schools nationwide, in communities that are under-represented in the cultural industries.