Cast and Director announced for Twelfth Night

Cast announced for open air production of Twelfth Night at Royal William Yard

Barbican Theatre are excited to announce the cast and Director for their summer outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Royal William Yard from 2 – 20 August.

One hundred and thirty three actors applied for roles in Twelfth Night and the final cast of eight includes a mixture of dynamism, long time experience and inspirational new comers from the region:

Ivanhoe Norona – Sir Toby Belch
Ivanhoe has an extensive history on stage and screen. On stage he has portrayed a variety of Shakespearean roles professionally including Bottom (Earl’s Courters’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Tybalt (Tight Fit’s Romeo & Juliet) MacDuff/Banquo (Wildcard’s Macbeth) and has already played Sir Toby Belch in Earl’s Courters’ Twelfth Night! Ivanhoe is currently appearing in Netflix Original series The Crown as the Island King. He has also appeared alongside Orlando Bloom in The Calcium Kid (2004) and had a recurring role in Lee & Herring’s This Morning with Richard not Judy (1999).

Zoe Bloss – Viola / Cessario
Zoe is a drama graduate of Kingston University (2013) and was also a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (2009 – 2016). She previously played Snout in our summer 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, has performed in Medea Vat Edinburgh Fringe Festival, played Emilia in KUDS production of Othello, and Map Lady in The Spice Box.

Jim Crago – Malvolio / Duke Orsino
Jim graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2013 (BA Hons Acting and Contemporary Theatre) and has appeared in a number of professional productions including as Claudio & Dogberry in Untamed Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing (2017) and as Bode in Lost Watch Theatre Company’s award winning Play For September with Lost Watch (2014). He has also appeared in ITV 1s Doc Martin and was a writer for Barbican Theatre’s production of Spice Box (2015).

Lucy Theobald – Feste
Lucy has an extensive theatre background and has performed in a number of Shakespeare productions including ICAT’s Macbeth at the Lowry (Lady Macbeth), As You Like It at Tristain Bates Theatre (Celia) and Taming of the Shrew at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Lucentio). She completed her three-year Professional Acting training with Cygnet Theatre in 2013. Lucy recently played Ashley in Why Would You?, DCON’s south west tour (produced by Barbican Theatre) and Tree Shadow Theatre’s UK tour of Waving Goodbye.

Joining Ivanhoe, Zoe, Jim and Lucy are a number of emerging artists from the region:

Chloe Carrubba – Maria
Chloe is about to enter her final year of professional training at Plymouth Marjon University (Actor’s Wheel). She has recently performed in Rabblerouse Theatre’s acclaimed She Persisted (Plymouth Fringe Festival) and other acting credits include stage productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Sound of Music as well as ITV1’s Doc Martin and BBC1’s Poldark.

Owen Lewis – Sebastian
Owen returns to Royal William Yard, following his dramatic performance as Tybalt and Paris in Barbican Theatre’s 2016 production of Romeo & Juliet at Royal William Yard. He will complete his professional training at Plymouth Marjon University (Actor’s Wheel) this July. Other acting credits include stage productions of A Clockwork Orange, Attempts On Her Life, Faustus and The Spice Box.

Robyn Tennant – Lady Olivia
Robyn also completes her professional training at Plymouth Marjon University (Actor’s Wheel) this summer. Her previous acting credits include stage productions of A Clockwork Orange, Faustus and Sex Strike.

Ashleigh Reynolds – Sir Andrew / Antonio
Ashleigh completes his professional training at Plymouth Marjon University (Actor’s Wheel) this summer. His previous acting credits include Julius Cesar, Faustus, Moulin Rouge and Les Miserables.

Barbican Theatre are excited to announce their #BardInTheYard Director this year is Jon Nash.Jon has an extensive history of working with Shakespeare, and is currently Co-Directing Untamed Theatre’s tour of Much Ado About Nothing. He has made work for Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Plymouth Fringe Festival, Plymouth City Council and Sailsbury Museum. Jon was Assistant Director for Barbican Theatre’s 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Associate Director of Ripped Script’s production of As You Like It in 2013. An acclaimed writer Jon also created The Spice Box (2015) and our current Theatrical Walking Tour ‘Rope Walks’.

Jon says,

“As a Director I am passionate about working with pieces in inventive, playful and accessible ways especially outside of traditional indoor theatre spaces. It’s arguably the best of Shakespeare’s disguise comedies and at its heart we see people whose outward appearance both hides some inner truth and yet also allows them to be more honest than they might otherwise be. Selecting the cast has been a joy – it is clear there is a wealth of talent in Devon as more than 50 high calibre actors auditioned. I’ve chosen an eclectic mix, who will each interpret the roles in their own unique way. I’m really looking forward to working with them and the rest of the Barbican Theatre team to create an unforgettable theatre experience for residents and visitors to the city this summer ”.

Barbican Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer Sheila Snellgrove says

“Barbican Theatre is committed to creating high quality, accessible work while supporting and developing local talent. This isn’t just about the actors and the Director but also everyone behind the scenes; our technicians, designers, ushers, stage managers and volunteers are all local to Plymouth and demonstrate Barbican Theatre’s principles and values.“

On their choice of Jon Nash for Director, Sheila continues,

“Jon is an incredible Director and his passion for, and knowledge of, Shakespeare is remarkable. I have no doubt his interpretation of this chaotic comedy, produced specifically for the stunning gardens of Residence One, will leave audiences excited, uplifted and ready for more. As a young Director Jon’s take on this classic masterpiece of English literature promises to be different, vital and energised”.

Barbican Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night will be a joyful, highly visual and accessible version of Shakespeare’s chaotic comedy about crossed dressing, crossed messages and the search for true love. It is perfect for the whole family (age guidance 8+)

A total of 18 performances will be staged outdoors in the stunning Residence One ‘secret garden’ at Royal William Yard from 2 – 20 August:

2 – 6 August (7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm matinee)
8, 11, 12 & 13 August, (7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm matinee)
15 – 20 August (7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm matinee)

A wet weather contingency, also in a unique location at Royal William Yard has been arranged. A fully licensed bar will be provided by The B-Bar with delicious hot food, hot drinks and desserts provided by Jamie Oliver Fifteen trained Chef, Sam Lounds’ Phoenix Spice (Sam and his family provided the food for Romeo & Juliet and received rave reviews).

Tickets are priced at Full £17, Concession £14 (under 16s, students, over 60s and registered disabled), Family £56 (2 full + 2 under 16s). Plus buy 10 tickets and get the 11th free! Buy tickets 24 hours a day on our website www.barbicantheatre.co.uk, in person at the Barbican Theatre (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday) or by calling 01752 267131 (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday). Please note there is an additional £1 booking fee per person.

Photo credit: Fiona Evans (c/o The Conscious Sisters)

Photos 1 & 2: in Twelfth Night twins Viola (Zoe Bloss) and Sebastian (Owen Lewis) are shipwrecked on the island of Illyria.
Photo 3: some of the Twelfth Night cast (l-r Robyn Tennant, Jim Crago, Owen Lewis, Zoe Bloss) relax at Royal William Yard with Director Jon Nash (far right).

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