Cast and Creatives

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Chorus Michael Abubakar

This is Michael's RSC debut season

2019/20 RSC: King John, The Whip

Theatre includes: The Glass Menagerie (Arcola/Watford Palace Theatre); The Whip Hand (Traverse Theatre); Cadaver Police in the Electrocution Afterlife (Tron Theatre); Invisible Army (Terra Incognita); Dream On (BBC Arts); Romeo & Juliet, Death of a Salesman, Ghosts (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Blood Lines (The Arches); Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera House)

Television includes: Motherland, News Crack, Horrible Histories, Doctors, Trust Me

Film includes: Artemis Fowl, Long Night at Blackstone

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Lord Maybourne David Birrell

Previous RSC includes: The Gates of Paradise, The Jewess of Toledo, The Venetian Twins, Love's Labour's Lost, Moby Dick, The Tempest, Murder in the Cathedral, Hamlet, Columbus, Romeo and Juliet

2019/20 RSC: King John, A Museum in Baghdad, The Whip

Theatre includes: The Shadow Factory (NST City); Describe the Night (Hampstead); The Threepenny OperaTalking HeadsEducating Rita (Bolton Octagon/Derby); Wind in the Willows (UK Tour); The War Has Not Yet Started (Theatre Royal Plymouth); An Enemy of the People, Journey's End - both Best Supporting Actor Manchester Theatre Awards, The Family Way (Bolton Octagon)The Death of King Arthur (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ragtime (Regent's Park); The Last Days of Troy (Royal Exchange /Shakespeare's Globe); Sweeney Todd - Best Performance in a Musical UK Theatre Awards (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal Exchange/Welsh National Opera); A Little Night Music (Guildford/West End); Company (Sheffield Crucible); Passion, Grand Hotel (Donmar); Sweeney Todd - Best Actor Scottish Critics Awards, Best Performance in a Musical UK Theatre Awards (Dundee Rep/National Theatre of Scotland); The Secret Garden, Hapgood, Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Real Thing (Salisbury Playhouse); Spamalot (West End); Henry V (Propeller); Oh! What A Lovely War (National)

Television and film includes: Vera, Holy Flying Circus, Midsomer Murders, Buried, Angel

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Alexander Boyd Richard Clothier

Previous RSC includes: Troilus and Cressida, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Dybbuk, The Tempest, Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Virtuoso, The Alchemist

Theatre includes: Funeral Blues (Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Bouffes du Nord); Witness for the Prosecution (Eleanor Lloyd Productions); Hamlet (Elsinore Castle and HamletScenen); The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Leicester Curve); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures, Enlightenment (Hampstead); The One That Got Away, The Mother, Play Strindberg (Ustinov, Bath); King Lear (National); Fifty Words (Theatre Royal Bath /  Arcola); The Way of the World (Chichester Festival); Richard III/The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice (Propeller UK / International tour); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Salisbury Playhouse); The Promise (Orange Tree); For Services Rendered, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night (Watermill); And Then There Were None (Gielgud); Rose Rage (Duke’s Theatre, New York); A Doll’s House (Birmingham Rep & tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Comedy Theatre/Watermill); The Tempest (Sheffield Crucible); Rose Rage (Theatre Royal Haymarket / Watermill); The Browning Version (UK National Tour/Theatre Royal Bath); The Comedy of Errors/Henry V (Watermill Theatre / tour); Grace (Edinburgh Festival 97 & tour); Coriolanus (Mermaid Theatre); Salome (US tour); Tango at the End of Winter (Piccadilly Theatre)

Television includes: Young Wallander, Pennyworth, New Tricks, Henry V, Above Suspicion, Law & Order, Spooks, Kingdom, City of Vice, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, The Brontes

Film includes: Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them, Singularity, Hippy Hippy Shake, So This Is Romance, Bye Bye Columbus

Read Richard Clothier's blog about playing Alexander Boyd.

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Cornelius Hyde Villiers John Cummins

Previous RSC includes: Don Quixote, Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist

2019/20 RSC: King John, The Whip

Trained: RADA

Theatre includes: Retracing our Footsteps (Royal Court); Great Apes (The Arcola); Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/ international tour); Eternal Love (ETT/UK tour); Stuart: A Life Backwards (Sheffield Crucible); The Vortex (Rose); 66 Books: In the Land of UZ, Eigengrau (Bush); Henry VIII, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Good Soul of Szechuan, The Jewish Wife (Manchester Library Theatre); A Stab in the Dark (Latitude Festival/King’s Head); Our Country’s Good (Watermill); Edward II, Romeo and Juliet (Battersea Arts Centre); The Pains of Youth (Coventry Belgrade); The Reporter, The Alchemist (National Theatre); The Beaver Coat (Finborough)

Television includes: The Witcher, Midsomer Murders, Doctor Who, 24: Live Another Day, The Hour, EastEnders, Holby City, Doctors

Film includes: Suffragette, The Bear That Broke


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William Purnell Nicholas Gerard-Martin

Previous RSC includes: Henry IV Parts I & II, Richard II, Henry V, The Famous Victories of Henry V, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

2019/20 RSC: King John, The Whip

Trained: LAMDA

Theatre includes: Macbeth (The Factory); Amadeus (National Theatre); June (The Park Theatre); Me, As a Penguin (Soho Theatre); Cometh the Minuteman (Old Red Lion)

Film includes: The Theory of Everything, The Ringer

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Chorus Nadi Kemp-Sayfi

This is Nadi's RSC debut season

2019/20 RSC: King John, A Museum in Baghdad, The Whip

Theatre includes: War With the Newts (Knaive Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe); 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep); Hijabi Monologues (Bush Theatre); Between the Two, Under the Stars (Birmingham Rep); Jamie! (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Burning Books (Leicester Curve/Arena Theatre); WAKE (Birmingham Opera Company); BUTTER (The Vaults); Phone Home (Upstart London/Sfendoni Athens/Pathos Munich); Little Stitches (Time Won't Wait)

Radio includes: The Archers

Television includes: Charity Shop Sue


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Mercy Pryce Debbie Korley

Previous RSC includes: Tamburlaine, Timon of Athens, As You Like it, The Comedy of Errors, The Grain Store, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Morte D'Arthur, Little Eagles, American Trade, King Lear

2019/20 RSC: A Museum in Baghdad, The Whip

Theatre includes: Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre); King Lear (Talawa/Royal Exchange Theatre/Birmingham Rep); Cargo (Arcola Theatre); Welcome to your Home, Prurience (Southbank Centre); Beowulf (Unicorn Theatre); Too Clever By Half (Told by an Idiot/Royal Exchange Theatre); Boi Boi is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Watford Palace); Black Jesus (Finborough Theatre); Coram Boy (National Theatre); A Matter of Life and Death (Kneehigh/National Theatre); Feathers in the Snow (National Theatre Studio); The Residents (Albany Theatre/Teatro Vivo); The Endings (Theatre 503); Whistle Down the Wind (West End & UK Tour); Ten Suitcases (Drill Hall); Cinderella (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Saturday Night (White Bear Theatre); Aida (Royal Albert Hall); Sick! (Almeida Theatre)

Television includes: Delicious, Doctors, Casualty, Holy Smoke, Green Balloon Club, Night and Day, Night Fever

Film includes: King Lear, The Ones Below

Radio includes: Home Front and a season with the BBC Radio Rep Company.

Read Debbie's blog about playing Mercy Price in The Whip.


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Anthony Bradshaw Cooper Tom McCall

Previous RSC includes: The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Oppenheimer, Don Quixote, The Alchemist, Doctor Faustus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Dido Queen of Carthage 

2019/20 RSC: King John, The Whip

Trained: LAMDA

Theatre includes: Son of Rambow (Other Place Theatre/Nuffield); Virilicus (Shop Front Theatre); Hag (Soho Theatre/national tour); This Happy Breed (Bath Theatre Royal); Ragnarok (Eastern Angles); Baba Yaga (Bristol Old Vic); Pants on Fire's Ovid’s Metamorphosis (Flea Theatre, New York/UK tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Squerryes Court); Freddie Hearts Freddie (Southwark Playhouse); The Gift (Old Vic/WeBuyGold); Smile (Arcola); Almost Near (Finborough); Potholes (Theatre503); Inches Apart (Theatre503/WeBuyGold)

Television includes: Call the Midwife, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Wallander, The Musketeers, The Bill, Doctors, The Intern, Death and Taxes, Bloodshot

Other: Tom is also Co-Founder of award-winning theatre company WeBuyGold and co-host and creator of the popular podcast Desert Island Crisps.


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Edmund Corey Montague-Sholay

This is Corey's RSC debut season

2019/20 RSC: King John, The Whip

Theatre includes: This Island’s Mine (King’s Head); Henry V (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); The Enchanted (Bunker Theatre); Normal (Styx/Rift Theatre); Snow White (Sixteenfeet Productions); The Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Little Revolution, ICU (Almeida); Carpe Diem (National Theatre)

Read Corey's blog about playing Edmund

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Horatia Poskitt Katherine Pearce

This is Katherine's RSC debut season

2019/20 RSC: King John, The Whip

Trained: The Royal Welsh College

Theatre includes: Roundabout Season (Paines Plough); The Last Ballad of Lillian Billocca (Hull Truck): Low Level Panic (Orange Tree Theatre); Husbands and Sons, Port (National Theatre); Husbands and Sons, Our Pals (Royal Exchange); Early Doors (Not Too Tame); Secret Theatre: Stab in The Dark, Chamber Piece, Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck (Lyric Hammersmith)

Television includes: Coronation Street, Girlfriends, Vera, Three Girls, Young Hyacinth, Our Girl

Film includes: My Cousin Rachel, England is Mine, The Last Photograph

Read Katherine Pearce's blog about playing Horatia

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The Speaker / Chorus Riad Richie

Previous RSC includes: Tamburlaine, Tartuffe, Timon of Athens, A Museum in Baghdad, The Whip

Trained: East 15 

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Squares); The Show in which Hopefully Nothing Happens (Unicorn Theatre); Macbeth, Frankenstein (Ovalhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Royal Bath); Mark and the Marked, Getting There, Passenger, The Merchant of Venice (Box Clever); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tower of London); Dick Turpin, LOL, The Changeling (Clifftown Theatre)

Film includes: Romeo & Juliet, Jude Starbeam and the Mind Mission

Special action/combat includes: Lead fencer - Kenneth Branagh’s CinderellaCombat - Adam Randall’s iBoy, Jesse V Johnson’s Accident Man, Suj Ahmed's The Gates of Vanity, Martin Kemp's Top Dog

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Chorus Bridgitta Roy

Previous RSC includes: Dido Queen of Carthage, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The American Pilot, King John, The Whip

Trained: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Theatre includes: Queen Margaret (Royal Exchange Manchester); Still Ill (Kandinsky Theatre); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Hoxton Hall); Invisible (Transport Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Gaddafi: A Living Myth (ENO); Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Macbeth (Chester Gateway); Arabian Nights (Dukes Lancaster); The Glass Slipper (Southwark Playhouse); Tall Stories (Lyric Hammersmith); The Tale of the Anklet (National Theatre); Lords and Ladies (London Bubble); The Sea That Blazed, Safar (Made in Wales); Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Manchester Festival); La Gioconda (Edinburgh Festival)

Television includes: Before We Die, Trying, Holby City, Dalziel & Pascoe, EastEnders, Casualty

Film includes: The Swimmers, Home, Bass Odyssey, Loose Change, Purcell

Find out about the cast and creatives for The Whip.