Cast and Creatives

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Verges /Ensemble Toyin Ayedun-Alase

Previous RSC includes: The Comedy of Errors

Theatre includes: Herstory (Brighton Festival); Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse); I'd Rather Go Blind (Omnibus Theatre); The Return of the Unknown (Marlowe Theatre); Romeo + Juliet (Secret Cinema); Underwater Love (Futures Theatre); The Odyssey (God and Monsters Theatre); The Three Penny Opera (National Theatre); Black Lives Black Words (Bush Theatre); After All This (Oval House Theatre); Crowning Glory (Stratford East Theatre Royal); Soap Opera (Royal Court Theatre); SKEEN! (33% Festival, Oval House Theatre); Ignite (Soho Theatre); Slamdunk (Hackney Empire)

Television includes: Top Boy, Motherland, Man Down

 

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Don John Micah Balfour

Previous RSC includes: Much Ado About Nothing

Trained: The Poor School

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles (London Roundhouse and UK Tour); Plenty (Chichester); Still Alice (UK tour); Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead & Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Market Boy (National Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith)

Television includes: The Gold, White House Farm, The Trial of Christine Keeler, The Feed, The Bill, Silent Witness, Doctor Who, The Musketeers, Holby City, Doctors, Young Dracula, The Time of Your Life, Emmerdale, Trust

Films include: The Car: Road to Revenge, Holy Flying Circus, Diana, Powder Room, Bump, World War Z

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Seacole /Ensemble Rebecca Banatvala

This is Rebecca's RSC debut

Theatre includes: Mrs Puntilla and Her Man Mutti (The Lyceum); Rotterdam (UK Tour); The Three Musketeers (The Dukes); Deadly Dialogues (Edinburgh/ New York); Trident Moon (The Finborough).  

Television includes: The Princess Switch 3; The Syndicate; Beyond The Aquila Rift; Love, Death & Robots; Emmerdale  

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Sexton /Ensemble Michael Joel Bartelle

This is Michael's RSC debut

Trained: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Theatre includes: Macbeth (Anerke Theatre); Measure for MeasureThe Pillowman (The NOLA Project, New Orleans); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lake George Theatre Lab); A Midsummer Night's DreamLove's Labour's Lost (New York Neo-Classical Ensemble)

Television includes: University Challenge

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Antonio Mensah Bediako

This is Mensah's RSC debut

Trained: The Poor School

Theatre includes: Fisherman's Friends (Hall for Cornwall); Invisible Me (Bloomsbury Festival); Master Harold and the Boys (National Theatre); My One True Friend (Tristan Bates Theatre); Oedipus, The Bodyguard, Once on this Island, Driving Miss Daisy, Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook, African Snow (Tour); The Wind in the Willows (Sixteen Feet Productions); Arming the World (Teatro Vivo/Ice and Fire); The Mountaintop (FIO Theatre Company/Tour; The Other Room Theatre at Porter's & Tour); The View from Nowhere (Park Theatre); The Realness (Hackney Downs Studios); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre Productions/UK Tour; The Theatre Royal Haymarket); Fast Cuts and Snap Shots (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Clybourne Park (Royal Court/Wyndhams Theatre); The Water Engine (The Old Vic Tunnels); Piaf (Donmar Warehouse/Vaudeville Theatre); The Harder They Come (Barbican Theatre); Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse); Showboat (Royal Albert Hall); Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic); On the Twentieth Century (Union Theatre); The Realness (Only Connect Theatre); 12:30am (Intermission Theatre); Prostate (Riverside Studios)

Television includes: In the Long Run, EastEnders, Chasing Shadows

Films include: Wonder Woman: 1984, Mr Mzuza, Popular Unrest, The Baseline, Wee King of Nowhere, The Real Kathy Hayden

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Messenger /Ensemble Christelle Elwin

This is Christelle's RSC debut

Trained: Rose Bruford College

Television includes: Half Bad, Bloods

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Friar /Ensemble DK Fashola

This is DK's RSC debut

Theatre includes: Nadia's Gift Film (Jack Studio Theatre); Mami Wata (Bush Theatre WIP); Ilé La Wà (Stratford Circus); Muscovado (Burnt Out Theatre Tour)

As Director and Writer: Is Dat U YH? (GDIF); All the Things (Arts Ed); Fragments of a Complicated Mind (Theatre503); Scalped (Without Walls National Tour)

As Movement Director: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Royal Exchange Manchester); Lava (Bush Theatre); Othello (NYTRep 21); Birds & Bees (Theatre Centre); 846 Live (TRSE); Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre - Movement Consultant); Essence Exhibition (Mr Eazi Culture Fest).

DK is Artistic Director of Initiative.dkf - Eclipse Award Winners 2020, Albany Theatre’s 2021 Artists of Change and creators of Melanin Box Festival. She has also choreographed a number of music videos.

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Leonato Kevin N Golding

Previous RSC includes: Hamlet, Cymbeline, King Lear, The Provoked Wife, Venice Preserved

Theatre includes: Shakespeare in Love, Home Sweet Home, Mother Courage and her Children (National tour); Siblings of Divorce (Gerrys Studio, Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Sting (Wilton’s Music Hall); Sense of an Ending (Theatre 503); Play Mas (Orange Tree); Othello (White Bear); Throats (Pleasance); Otieno (Southwark Playhouse); Macbeth (Northcott); How to Cook a Country (Riverside Studios); Nina and Shaz (Brockley Jack); Reality Chokes (Pentameters); The Exchange (Jermyn Street); Children of the Crown (Nottingham Playhouse); Listen to Your Parents (Theatre Centre/national tour)

Television includes: Sunray, Dark Matters, Silent Witness, House of Games, Footballers’ Wives, The Canterbury Tales

Short films include: Uncle Mike, Jasper, Terminally Happy, Motswakwa, Me and My Dad, The Virus

Film includes: Chasing Shadows, My Day, It Never Sleeps, The Fallen Word, Counterfeit Butterfly, The Plague

Radio includes: Naija Bride

 

Theatre includes HAMLET,KING LEAR and CYMBELINE with the RSC . Other theatre: Siblings of Divorce (Gerrys studio,Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Sting (Wiltons Music Hall), Sense of an Ending(Theatre 503), PLAY MAS ( Orange Tree Theatre), Home Sweet Home( National Tour), Othello(White Bear Theatre), Fan the Flame (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Throats( Pleasance Theatre), Otieno ( Southwark Playhouse),Macbeth (Northcott theatre),
Nina and Shaz( Brockley Jack Theatre), Reality Chokes (Pentameters Theatre), The Exchange( Jermyn Street Theatre), Mother Courage and her Children(Nottingham Playhouse/Tour), Listen to your Parents (Theatre centre/Tour)

Television includes: Dark Matters,Silent Witness,House of Games,Footballers Wives,The Canterbury Tales

Films includes: Chasing Ghosts,My Day, It Never Sleeps, Lost a Girl,The Fallen Word,Counterfeit Butterfly,The Plague.

Shorts includes: Jasper,Terminally Happy,Checking In

Webseries: Dear Jesus

Radio: Naija Bride
Theatre includes HAMLET,KING LEAR and CYMBELINE with the RSC . Other theatre: Siblings of Divorce (Gerrys studio,Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Sting (Wiltons Music Hall), Sense of an Ending(Theatre 503), PLAY MAS ( Orange Tree Theatre), Home Sweet Home( National Tour), Othello(White Bear Theatre), Fan the Flame (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Throats( Pleasance Theatre), Otieno ( Southwark Playhouse),Macbeth (Northcott theatre),
Nina and Shaz( Brockley Jack Theatre), Reality Chokes (Pentameters Theatre), The Exchange( Jermyn Street Theatre), Mother Courage and her Children(Nottingham Playhouse/Tour), Listen to your Parents (Theatre centre/Tour)

Television includes: Dark Matters,Silent Witness,House of Games,Footballers Wives,The Canterbury Tales

Films includes: Chasing Ghosts,My Day, It Never Sleeps, Lost a Girl,The Fallen Word,Counterfeit Butterfly,The Plague.

Shorts includes: Jasper,Terminally Happy,Checking In

Webseries: Dear Jesus

Radio: Naija Bride
Theatre includes HAMLET,KING LEAR and CYMBELINE with the RSC . Other theatre: Siblings of Divorce (Gerrys studio,Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Sting (Wiltons Music Hall), Sense of an Ending(Theatre 503), PLAY MAS ( Orange Tree Theatre), Home Sweet Home( National Tour), Othello(White Bear Theatre), Fan the Flame (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Throats( Pleasance Theatre), Otieno ( Southwark Playhouse),Macbeth (Northcott theatre),
Nina and Shaz( Brockley Jack Theatre), Reality Chokes (Pentameters Theatre), The Exchange( Jermyn Street Theatre), Mother Courage and her Children(Nottingham Playhouse/Tour), Listen to your Parents (Theatre centre/Tour)

Television includes: Dark Matters,Silent Witness,House of Games,Footballers Wives,The Canterbury Tales

Films includes: Chasing Ghosts,My Day, It Never Sleeps, Lost a Girl,The Fallen Word, Counterfeit Butterfly,The Plague.

Shorts includes: Jasper,Terminally Happy,Checking In

Webseries: Dear Jesus

Radio: Naija Bride
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Beatrice Akiya Henry

Previous RSC includes: Much Ado About Nothing; Henry V (Shakespeare In A Suitcase for Royal Shakespeare Company New York) 

Theatre includes: Macbeth (Almeida Theatre); Dirty Crusty (The Yard); The Dark, Signal Fires (Fuel Theatre); Medea, An Oak Tree, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic); The Little Matchgirl, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, Under the Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe); Sense of an Ending, Cake and Congo (Theatre 503); Deposit (Hampstead Theatre); The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre); Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre); Then Women (Jackdaw at the Oval House Theatre); Mottled Lines (Orange Tree Theatre); Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic/ Vaudeville Theatre/ UK Tour); The Colored Museum (Talawa Theatre Company); The Beggar’s Opera, Hello Dolly, The Tempest (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Varjak Paw, Carmen Jones (Southbank Centre); Safe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Enchanted Pig (Young Vic/ Opera Group); Coram Boy, Once in a Lifetime, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sheffield Crucible); Just So, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chichester Festival Theatre); Skellig (Young Vic); Bintou (Arcola Theatre); The Singing Group (Chelsea Theatre); Closer To Heaven (Really Useful Group); Into The Woods (National Youth Music Theatre)

Film includes: Macbeth, Rabbit Fever, The Best Man, De Lovely, The Cunning 

Television includes: Obsession: Dark Desires, Silent Witness, Captain Mack, Casualty, Little Britain 

Radio and voiceover includes: Bing; Bottersnikes & Gumbles; Moominvalley; The Rubbish World of Dave Spud; 101 Dalmatian Street; Hilda

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Dogberry/ Ensemble Karen Henthorn

This is Karen's RSC debut

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hope Mill, Manchester); Tinned Up, Spring and Port Wine, Straight and Narrow, Wuthering Heights (Oldham Coliseum); The Newspaper Boy (Dibby Theatre @53two); Ockerby's on Ice (Lancaster Duke's Playhouse); Shirley (Halifax Square Chapel & Hope Mill, Manchester); War Horse (National Theatre, UK and South Africa tour); Bintou (Arcola); Accrington Pals (Chichester); Not Gods but Giants (Edinburgh Traverse Theatre); The Snow Queen (Young Vic & York Theatre Royal); A Taste of Honey (Nottingham Playhouse & Cheltenham Everyman); A Chorus of Disapproval (Cheltenham Everyman); The Crucible (Northampton Royal Theatre); The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Idiot (Manchester Contact); The Man of Mode, Identity Unknown, The Importance of Being Ernest, Animal Farm, The Passion (Worcester Swan Theatre); Edward II, Zack (Manchester Royal Exchange)

Television includes: The Teacher, The Rising, Viewpoint, The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Dark Heart, In the Flesh, Homefront, White Heat, Trollied, Casualty, Doctors, Young Dracula, Coronation Street, The Street, Holby City, Pulling, Dalziel & Pascoe, No Angels, Shameless, Born & Bred, Heartbeat, Booze Cruise, Sons & Lovers, The Bill, My Hero, Cops II, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Medics, Children's Ward

Film includes: Raining Stones, A Place for Angels

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Oatcake /Ensemble Aruna Jalloh

This is Aruna's RSC debut

Theatre includes: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy (Nouveau Riche/New Diorama Theatre); Impact + Could Never Be Me (Little Fish Theatre); Lifeline (Delirium Theatre - rehearsed reading); Glockenspiel (Tristan Bates Theatre) 

Screen includes: C-BIZ - Obsession (music video) 

 

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Margaret Sapphire Joy This is Sapphire's RSC debut
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Borachio Curtis Kemlo

This is Curtis's RSC debut

Theatre includes: Uncle Vanya, The Ache, All That I Am, Twelfth Night (Richard Burton Theatre Company); Sonnets, in Action, With Actors (Strapped to a Lunatic); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Road (RWCMD); Peter Pan (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre)

Television includes: Holby City, The Left Behind

Radio includes: Heart & Soul

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Understudy Enoch Lwanga

This is Enoch's RSC debut season.

Theatre: Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice (Orange Tree); Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, Othello (Unicorn Theatre); Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty (Complicité); How We Love (Arcola).

Enoch trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Claudio Mohammed Mansaray

This is Mohammed's RSC debut

Theatre includes: The Long Song (Chichester Festival Theatre); Barbershop Chronicles (Roundhouse and UK tour; US tour); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Sheffield Crucible)

Film includes: My Brother the Devil

Television includes: Rules of the Game, Tracy Beaker Returns, Law & Order UK, The Bill

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Hero Taya Ming

This is Taya's RSC debut

Credits while training include: Hamlet, Beneatha's Place (UK premiere), START

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Conrade Miles Mitchell

Previous RSC includes: Salomé, Dido Queen of Carthage

Theatre includes: King Lear (Talawa), The Comedy of Errors; A Taste of Honey (National Theatre), Great Britain (National Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Blood Wedding (Liverpool Everyman/Derby Theatre/New Wolsey), The Hospital at the Time of Revolution (Finborough), A Thousand Miles of History (Bussey Building), Chavs – Last Man on the Heygate (Lyric Hammersmith), The Hate Play (Box Clever Theatre Tour), The Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe), Neighbours (High Tide Festival), Forever Young (Young Vic). 

Television includes: Holby City, The Irregulars, Casualty, The Tempest, Drifters, Law and Order UK, As You Like It, Cocaine Anonymous, Giggly Bits. 

Film includes: The Pay Day, Lore, Dawn Chorus. 

 

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Don Pedra Ann Ogbomo

Previous RSC includes: Julius Caesar, Richard II, Henry IV, Richard III, Henry VI

Theatre includes: School Play (Southward Playhouse); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, The Tempest (National Theatre); Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse); Tamburlaine (Barbican/Bristol Old Vic); The Gods are not to Blame (Arcola); The Jungle Book (WYP); Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III (Shakespeare's Globe)

Television includes: The Rising, Sandman, Krypton, Julius Caesar, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Casualty, Holby City, Murder in Mind, Babyfather, Hardware, The Bill, Blessed

Film includes: The Last Letter from your Lover, Born Again, Mister Mayfair, Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Honey Trap, WWZ, Wild Target

 

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Understudy Nicole Sawyerr

RSC workshop: The State of Education

Theatre includes: Road (Northern Stage); Those Who Trespass (ArtsEd/HighTide Theatre Festival); Boom, The Words Are Coming Now, The Fairytale Revolution, Do You Pray (Theatre503); Beneath the City (Birmingham Rep); The Croydon Avengers (Oval House/Maya Productions); Aladdin (Perth Theatre); Miss-Able (Arcola); Where De Mangoes Grow (Pleasance, London); Hansel & Gretel: The Fairytale Detectives (Theatre Clywd); Beam Me Upperthorpe (Migration Matters Festival/Paperfinch Theatre); After Orlando (Finborough Theatre); The Path (HighTide Theatre Festival).

Nicole is an associate artist for PaperFinch Theatre Company and has worked as Assistant Director for Play In the Park’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. 

Television: EastEnders (BBC). 

Film: The Bin Bag Girls (short film).

 

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Balthasar Khai Shaw

This is Kai's RSC debut season.

Theatre: I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly); Crongton Knights (Pilot Theatre); Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree); The Suicide (Stratford Circus Arts Centre/Rose Bruford); Decades (Bridge Theatre); Joe’s Birthday Party (Old Red Lion); The Railway Children (Waterloo Railway Theatre); Daddy Cool The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium). 

Theatre whilst training: The Duchess of Malfi, Dig for Love, Middletown, Blue Stockings, The Birthday Party. <br bcx0"="">

Television: The Riches, Meet the Adebanjos, Casualty, The Complete Guide to Parenting. 

Radio: Poetry Pie. <br bcx0"="">

Kai trained at Rose Bruford.

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Benedick Luke Wilson

This is Luke's RSC debut

Trained: RADA

Theatre includes: Rockets and Blue Lights (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (Southwark Playhouse)

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Ursula /Ensemble Adeola Yemitan

This is Adeola's RSC debut

Theatre includes: Antigone (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Ordinary Miracle, Animal Farm, Othello (National Youth Theatre)

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