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2010 Cast biographies (surnames in alphabetical order)


Naomi Cortes

Jim Bywater Touchstone and Sir Hugh Evans

Jim’s theatrical career as actor/musician/writer/director began in 1968 in the Education department the Bolton Octagon. Since then he’s worked for companies including Leeds Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Belt and Braces Roadshow Company, Southwark Playhouse, the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Arcola Theatre, the Watermill Theatre, Wyndham’s Theatre and, most recently, the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. He has also been lucky enough to work in Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Greece, New York, Ireland, Germany, Israel and Uganda.

His TV experiences have included, Bodger and Badger, Coronation Street, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Bullman, Dalziel and Pascoe and Ready When You Are Ready, Mr McGill.

Jim has written music and scripts for TV and theatre, the most recent being Muriel’s Diary (and adaptation of Animal Farm) and Olivia Twist, both for The Queen’s Theatre Education Department, Hornchurch.

At the moment he’s co-writing a children’s sci-fi adventure story and has recently begun a career as Pantomime Dame and Villain and will shortly be playing Reg Henson, 50’s variety comic in Jack Shepherd’s play, Only When I Laugh at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, London.

 

Naomi Cortes

Naomi Cortes Audrey and Mistress Ford / Hostess

Naomi began the year performing in Crossings, a new play by South Bank Show Award-winner Julie McNamara. She played Nzingah, a historical figure who speaks for many unheard voices.

She played a dizzying array of characters, from a frightening yet lovelorn Wicked Witch to an awfully nice but dim-witted Prince, in Polka Theatre’s production of The Jolly Postman. She has appeared in The Twits twice, playing the singing and dancing Mrs Mugglewump at Bolton Octagon and then recreating the role on tour with Pilot Theatre. She also toured with Pilot in Bloodtide and has worked with Shared Experience in their award-winning production After Mrs Rochester. She delighted audiences as the comedic and mischievous Bird Who Has No Wings, for Theatre Centre’s How High Is Up? and for Action Transport she sang in Zulu and danced as the quick-footed Inyanger in Tselane's Song and Gogo. She revealed mystical fortunes as Madame Tickle in Boing! and shared enchanting stories as the animated Pocket in Under Your Hat, both for Oily Cart Theatre.

For the BBC she played the straight-talking Sergeant Teresa Singer in their popular children’s series Crisis Control and created many voices for their radio adaptation of Valerie Bloom’s Surprising Joy.

Naomi has climbed up wardrobes, crawled through trapdoors and bounced on trampolines. She has leapt out of a giant hat and hung upside-down whilst puppeteering a baby mugglewump! Naomi has also just won her first theatre commission with her new play The Littlest Quirky. This adventure full of magic and discovery, using the art forms of circus, physical theatre and storytelling, will be produced by Theatre Centre in autumn 2011.

 

David Davies

David Davies Company Manager - Jaques and Ford

The formation of the The GB Theatre Company sees David continue a long association as an Actor of Shakespeare and a continuation of his recently becoming Company Manager. Earlier this year David was Capulet in his fourth production of Romeo and Juliet, this time for Guildford Shakespeare Company. Last year he was The Company Manager for The British Shakespeare Company’s National and International Tour and played Oberon/Theseus and Don Pedro in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. That year he toured for the Young Shakespeare Company and played Maximillian in the film Leaving, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner 09.

David was an ensemble member of the British Shakespeare Company and played Oberon and Theseus at Arundel Castle in 2008. He played Chorus/Exeter in Henry V and Dukes Frederick and Senior in As You Like It for the BSC in 2007, and then finished that year with an extensive tour of Germany and Switzerland for New Triad Theatre in Alan Ayckbourn’s Time and Time Again. Other work for the BSC includes Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet in 2006. He reprised Capulet in Saffron Walden for Shake-a-Leg. He plays parts in the film Sweet Swan of Avon where the BSC provided its troupe of players. David returned to England with the Bell Shakespeare Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors to open the Bath Shakespeare Festival 2006, and to play Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. He studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney and has been an ensemble member of Bell Shakespeare for 6 years playing the Sydney Opera House and touring Australia. His theatrical highlight has been playing Hamlet for The Hole in the Wall Theatre Company. Other companies he has worked for include the Perth Theatre Company and Deckchair Theatre’s 1999 tour of Croatia and Bosnia with Nevesinska 17. He has also played roles on television, including Stingers, The Sleepover Club, and Bush Patrol, as well as writing several plays including The Karismatic Effekt and his one man show Finchie about the legendary Australian actor Peter Finch, based on Trader Faulkner’s biography, which he hopes to perform soon. He has just finished directing The Winters Tale for Saffron Waldens Shake-a-Leg Theatre Company which marks his professional debut as a Director.


Alexander Delamere

Alexander Delamere Duke Frederick/Duke Senior and Falstaff

Alex is delighted to be playing Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor. He has, until recently, been playing Mr Braithwaite in hugely successful Billy Elliot the Musical in London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. Most recently he has been working on Merlin, the BBC’s Saturday night series, as a surly Innkeeper! Alex has over the years played in many shows including Lautrec, West Side Story in London’s west end. Oliver, Christmas Carol Liverpool Playhouse. A Small Family Business, West Yorkshire Playhouse! Popcorn, Kindertransport, Anna Karenina, Cabaret, Bolton Octagon. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Coliseum Oldham. Hard Times, Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth Swan Theatre Worcester.

For television Alex has played the Innkeeper in Merlin, Sergeant Stan Briggs in Doctors, Herbie Cox for Casualty, Colin Mathews in Yorkshire television’s Emmerdale, Newton Holby City, and the annoying reporter in Coronation Street, he was thrown out of the Rovers Return!

Film work includes 28 Days Later, Christmas Carol and Roger in The Baby War.

Alex also has extensive credits for Radio 4 Drama, including Silver Street, Dairy of a Nobody, The Provoked Wife, Da Ponte in America, Another Part of the Wood, Gilbert without Sullivan, The Voice of Angels, Bloody Stefi and Letters to an Icon.

 

Luciano Dodero

Luciano Dodero Silvius and Pistol/Simple

Luciano trained at Guildhall and his theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Mercury Theatre Colchester) Error of their Ways (Cockpit Theatre), The Tempest (Sheffield Crucible and Riverside Studios), Frankenstein (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Measure for Measure (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Twelfth Night (Riverside Studios) and Wuthering Heights (National tour). He appeared with British Shakespeare Company, having played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2006 & 2008, and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing in 2009.

His TV work has included Twentieth Century Battlefields (BBC2), and he has appeared in the films Eric and Emma Forever (Silvertip Productions), and Inbetween (La Toyson D'or Films), which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film award at the Rose of England Film Festival 2009. He has a profound love for language and sport and is absolutely deligted to be returning to Ramme gaard and other exciting venues this summer.

 

Lennox Greaves

Lennox Greaves Adam/Le Beau/Corin and Justice Shallow

Lennox trained at Manchester University and the Bristol Old Vic school. Extensive theatre experience includes seasons with Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough company, and appearances in repertory theatre throughout the country including an eight year association with Peter Cheeseman at the New Victoria theatre Stoke where he particularly enjoyed playing Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Dr Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Lucky Eric in Bouncers.

Television work includes Emmerdale, EastEnders, The Bill, Casualty, Wycliffe, Dangerfield, Between the Lines, Stay Lucky, The Locksmith, Blue Money, Aimee, A Master of the Marionettes, Martin Chuzzlewit and Willy Russell’s Our Day Out.

For Jenny Stephens Lennox has appeared in several Radio plays and the very
successful new play Red Skies Over The Severn at the Swan theatre Worcester. He has directed nine consecutive Pantomimes for Harrogate Theatre, and has recently appeared in a tribute to Peter Cheeseman production of his famous documentary The Knotty, following the National Theatre’s Tour and West End run of The History Boys.

 

Suzannah Hampton

Suzannah Hampton Celia and Mistress Page
(Touring until 18th July and then replaced by Stacey Roca - see below)

Suzannah graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School last year and is very excited to be touring with GB Theatre Company. Since leaving Bristol Old Vic, Suzannah has forged a successful career as a Voice Over Artist, with credits including ‘Google’, ‘Reader’s Digest’, ‘The Economist’ and The Olympic Committee.

Theatre Credits include: On The Razzle (Theatre Royal): Man of Mode (Circomedia); Oh! What A Lovely War (Tobacco Factory); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Royal).

Whilst training, Suzannah was privileged to be chosen as a representative of Bristol Old Vic in the Royal Shakespeare Company annual workshop. Suzannah is delighted to be playing Celia in As you Like It and Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

 

Andrew Hodges

Andrew Hodges Charles the Wrestler/Lord/William and Page/John Rugby

Despite gaining a good degree in Applied Biology at Cardiff, Andrew squandered his chances to have a normal life and instead trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After leaving in 2003 he played Bottom in Chapterhouse’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Subsequently, Andrew has played Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Escalus in Measure For Measure and Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew. This 2006 world tour was his first time working with TNT Theatre and he reprised this role in a smaller tour of China in 2007. Also that year he played Demetrius and Bottom in The Oxford Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. A year later Andrew found himself once again in The Dream playing Quince and Demetrius for Creation Theatre. Last Christmas, he was with TNT again playing Bob Cratchett, Mr Fezziwig and Marley in a European tour of A Christmas Carol. Andrew’s other credits include Phil in Back2Back’s new production of Guttbusters, The Professor in Michael Bogdanov’s Speakeasy; Mark in Mother Theresa is Dead, Francis in The Golden Vanity and various roles in short and low budget films. Most recently Andrew has been having enormous fun as the swashbuckling hero, Sir William Marshall in Dover Castle, which is a long way from his most recent screen credit in which he sold his soul to the corporate devil and appeared in a Tesco car insurance advert.

 

Andrew Mathys

Andrew Mathys Amiens/Sir Oliver Martext and Slender

Andrew trained at Central. His recent actor/musician theatre credits include The Rake’s Return (Aldburgh), James and the Giant Peach (Polka), Judgement Day (Almeida), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Faustus (Hampstead), Die tote Stadt (Royal Opera House), Lost Luggage (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Mother Courage (UK Tour) and Fame the Musical (German and European Tours). Film/TV includes Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Creation and Emma (BBC). He is thrilled to be working with GB Theatre Company! He is also really looking forward to working with such a great creative team and cast on such excellent plays!

 

Lucia McAnespie

Lucia McAnespie Rosalind and Mistress Quickly

Lucia is from Belfast and trained at RADA. Theatre credits include: Oliver Twist / La Ronde (Greenwich Theatre/National Tour), Hanjo (Soho Theatre), Wuthering Heights / Richard III (World Tour REL), Stephen and the Sexy Partridge (Trafalgar Studios), The Crane (Leicester Haymarket), A Christmas Carol (Greenwich Playhouse), World At One (The Kings Head), Henry V / Playboy of the Western World (The Riverside Studios), Gabriel (The Arcola), Quan Shih Yin Hesitates (The Old Red Lion). Macbeth / Ajax / A Skull in Connemara (2009 Love and Madness Ensemble) The Assignation of Paris Hilton (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh).

TV and film : The Devil You Know and Stumped (N.I Film Commission), The Iceberg that Hit the Titanic (BBC 2), Seconds From Disaster (National Geographic). She has also worked extensively on BBC Radio Three, Four and for BBC Radio Ulster.

 

Matt Milburn

Matt Milburn Oliver and Bardolph/Fenton

Matt was born in Wythenshawe, in Manchester and initially started a career in modelling, until his brother put him forward for a short film...without telling him!! Matt thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hence made the decision that he wanted to pursue an acting career.

This decision led him to audition for the part of Joe Spencer in Hollyoaks, a role he relished and enjoyed playing for 4 years, from 2003-2007, where he gained valuable experience and insight including a variety of publicity promotions, photo shoots, charity work, plus a photo shoot with other celebrities in support of Testicular Cancer. Challenges, most notably The Hollyoaks Extreme Challenge which involved different activities all filmed in Australia. Since leaving Hollyoaks the past three years has seen Matt venture into the theatre of pantomime, where he enjoyed playing Prince Charming in Cinderella, Eugene in Beauty and the Beast and Dick Whittington. Other projects in which Matt has been involved include a commercial filmed in Spain for San Miguel beer and an exciting commercial for Eristoff Vodka filmed in Prague which had Matt being pursued by real live wolves!

More recently Matt has been busy with a variety of independent short films and a feature film called Snappers in which Matt played the romantic lead. This film is due for general release soon.

To bring Matt's career right up to date has seen him in a successful production of Tag Team, a new play which was performed at the renowned Studio Salford in April this year, Matt played the character of Jez. The play is funny, witty, yet thought provoking.

 

Laura Murray

Laura Murray Phebe and Anne Page

Laura trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: Veronica Glass in Christmas Reloaded (Old Red Lion); Karen in Potentials (Papatango); Sonnet Walk (The Globe); Kate in The Twelve Pound Look (Kings Head); Lydia in Love In A Wood (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Mona in Finger Food as part of the American Shorts season (Kings Head); Gemma in Friday Nights In (Hampstead Theatre Start Night); Sarah in Breakfast Hearts (Theatre 503); Faye in The Miser (Oxford Playhouse); The York Mystery Plays (York Theatre Royal) and Kate in Taming of The Shrew (Cameron Mackintosh/Thelma Holt/Oxford University Japan Tour). Laura is also a member of The Jelly Moustache comedy sketch group whose series can currently be seen on Shorts TV.

 

Stacey Roca

Stacey Roca Celia and Mistress Page
(Czech Republic and Arundel Castle only)

Stacey took a three year course in classical theatre acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. On leaving, she went straight into her West End theatre debut, playing the lead in Closer To Heaven, a musical co-written by the Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey; her television debut as Rachel in the second series of The Office with Ricky Gervais soon followed.

In 2007, Stacey toured with the British Shakespeare Company, appearing as Isabel, Queen of France in Henry V, and as Celia in As You Like It.

Since then Stacey’s worked extensively in television and film: in addition to The Office, she’s played a starring role as DS Kat Howard in BBC 1’s Waking the Dead, appeared as a series regular in Kay Mellor's Strictly Confidential, and had parts in Holby City, and Wild at Heart; she’s just finished filming White Man Van, a comedy for ITV, and can currently be seen playing Maureen Lipman’s daughter in ITV’s comedy drama Ladies of Letters.

 

Gabriel Thomson

Gabriel Thomson Orlando and Dr Caius

Gabriel Thomson was a child actor playing Pip in BBC's Great Expectations and at the age of 12 starred with Ed Harris and Jude Law in the major feature film Enemy at the Gates. Gabriel became a household name playing Michael Harper in the BAFTA-winning British sitcom My Family for 10 years.

In 2009 he played Lysander and Claudio with the British Shakespeare Company, before appearing as Charlie in the feature film 13 HRS. He is delighted be touring with GB Theatre Company.

 

DIRECTORS


Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens Director of The Merry Wives of Windsor

Jenny is a freelance director, writer and producer. She was a Lecturer in Drama at Birmingham University, won the BP Young Directors’ Award and was subsequently Artistic Director of the Worcester Swan Theatre for eight years. She has also directed for, amongst other companies, Bolton Octagon Theatre, Great Eastern Stage, BBC Radio Drama, Battersea Arts Centre and East 15 drama school. Her productions have toured nationally and internationally.

As a writer her credits include two series for BBC Radio 7 (Jefferson 37 and Project Raphael) with a further series – Project Archangel – is now under commission. Her play The Speckled Monster was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2008.

She is a founding partner of Hoopla Productions, a company specialising in creating and touring music-theatre for young audiences. The Night Queen, a radical reworking of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, is now in development.

Directing credits for BOVTS: Tartuffe by Moliere (2008), Man of Mode by Etheredge (2009).

 

Neil Sheppeck

Neil Sheppeck Director of Romeo & Juliet

Since graduating from GSMD, Neil has put most of his creative energy into Love&Madness, directing: Fool For Love, A Taste of Honey, In Lambeth, Macbeth, Othello, Sweetness Follows, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Playboy of the Western World, Frankenstein, La Ronde and Mirror Magic Market Tales; and performing as Macbeth, Iago, Romeo, Malvolio, Henry V, Caliban, Stephen Blackpool in Hard Times, Lockwood in Wuthering Heights, Captain Walton in Frankenstein, Sam Bolton in Only When I Laugh!, Richmond in Richard III, and Martin in Fool For Love.

Other theatre acting includes: Inherit The Wind (Old Vic), Guards! Guards! (Fleighton); Softcops and Grace (Finborough); Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Broadsides), plus various projects at the National Theatre Studio. Film includes: Naked in London, Rumplestiltskin, The Run.

Upcoming directing projects include A Taste of Honey and The Picture of Dorian Gray for Lewis Live, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist for Love&Madness.

 

Neil Sheppeck

Michael Woodwood Director of Twelfth Night

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FOR THE COMPANY

Company Directors
Gill Roca
Barrie Palmer

Company Manager
David Davies

Associate Producer
Stacey Roca

Costume Supervisor
Gretta Hall-Tamlyn

 

Costumes supplied by
Tony Brett at The Costume Store

Set Designer
Becky Channon

Fight Director
Dan Stilwell

Stage Manager
Richard Mayes

Assistant Stage Manager
Andrew Mathys

Administration/Accounting
Gill Roca

Publicity Co-ordinator
Helen Maleed

Marketing literature and website
Chris Hopkins at Design Forte

Printing of posters and literature
Technoprint (Leeds)

 

Our sincere thanks to Sue Walker, our Travel co-ordinator. Leon Steele and Johnny Roca for taking photographs of the cast during rehearsals. Zoe and Mike from the Barnes Rugby Club and Scout Hall for looking after us during the rehearsal period.