COMPLICITÉFounded in 1983, Complicité is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE). The Company has played in more than 40 countries, won over 50 major theatre awards and paved the way for a generation of theatre makers whose work has been indelibly marked by its visually and physically rich style. Based in London, the Company tours across the UK and internationally. Complicité’s recent work includes The Encounter, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, Beware of Pity, The Master and Margarita and Shun-kin. www.complicite.org
TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEYMidsummer in Oxford 2005
ELLIOT BARNES-WORRELLElliot is an actor, poet and teacher. He graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama, where he won the Sir John Gielgud Award and was the winner of the Actors Centre Alan Bates Award 2012. He has starred in Poirot and Dr Who, and has performed with the RSC (where he was nominated for a Ian Charleson Award) and The National Theatre. His short film The Works premiered as part of the BBC's 2016 "Shakespeare Lives" celebration. As a poet he performs all over London. His poetry challenges class, stereotypes, sexuality and religion with humorous, dark and moving material. As a teacher he runs workshops in various colleges in London, working on unlocking the language of Shakespeare, the creative process and poetry. He is a Board member of The Actors Centre. IMDb
FRANCOIS BATTISTEMidsummer in Oxford '05
SIMON CALLOW CBETheatre: Titus Andronicus, Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, As You Like it and Amadeus among many others. Films: A Room with a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Amadeus, Shakespeare in Love, Howard's End and Maurice. Directing work: The Infernal Machine, Jacques and his Master, Shirley Valentine, Carmen Jones, Die Fledermaus and La Calisto. Books: biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles, Acting in Restoration Comedy and Being an Actor. Awarded the CBE in 2000.
BRIAN COX CBEBrian Cox CBE is the Patron of the British American Drama Academy. An Olivier, Emmy, Lortel, and Golden Globe-winning actor and director, Brian is a celebrated presence on stage and screen in both Great Britain and the United States and has been for more than five decades. His career spans theatre: King Lear and Richard III (National Theatre), Rat in the Skull (Royal Court), Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Championship Season (Broadway), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Broadway), and Art (Broadway); film: Churchill, The Bourne Identity, X2: X-Men United, Adaptation, Rob Roy, and Braveheart; and television: Succession, Frasier, Nuremberg, and Deadwood.
BRYAN CRANSTONTheatre: Network (National Theatre, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor) All the Way (Broadway, Tony Award & Drama Desk Awards for Best Actor), The Steven Weed Show, The God of Hell, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll’s House and Eastern Standard TV: Breaking Bad (Four-time Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), Malcolm in the Middle (Three-time Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series), Seinfeld, Sneaky Pete, From the Earth to the Moon and Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams Film:Trumbo (Academy Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role) All the Way, Argo, Godzilla, Wakefield, Why Him?, The Infiltrator, Rock of Ages, Drive, Contagion, The Lincoln Lawyer, Little Miss Sunshine and Saving Private Ryan IMDb IBDb
SIR DEREK JACOBI CBEFounding company member of the National Theatre, where he appeared with Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Peter O'Toole and others in productions of Othello, Hamlet and a great many others. Won Tony Award for performances in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing. He is also well known for his roles in I Claudius and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and playing Malvolio at the Donmar Warehouse.
SOPE DIRISUTheatre: Royal Shakespeare Company:Coriolanus, Pericles; One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), The Whipping Man, Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet, Prince of Denmark; TV: Humans, Next of Kin, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, The Casual Vacancy Film: The Huntsman: Winter's War, K&J, Sand Castle, Criminal, IMDb
PAAPA ESSIEDUTheatre credits include: Pass Over (The Kiln), The Convert (Young Vic), Pinter One (West End); Hamlet, King Lear (RSC), Kennedy Centre and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Ian Charleson and UK Theatre Award winner for Best Actor); Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath); The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mouse and his Child (RSC); You For Me For You (Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory); King Lear (National Theatre); Black Jesus (Finborough); Outside on the Street (Pleasance); Dutchman (Orange Tree). Television credits include: Soon I Will Destroy You (BBC), Gangs of London (Sky), Press, The Miniaturist, Black Earth Rising, Revolting, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC), Kiri, Not Safe for Work, Utopia (Channel 4). Film credits include: Murder on the Orient Express and Women at the Well. (Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2017) Radio Credits include: Pericles, Wide Open Spaces, As Innocent as You Can Get and Something Understood (BBC Radio 4).
TRISTAN FYNN-AIDUENUTristan has directed at The Young Vic, Albany Deptford, Theatre Royal Straftford East,National Theatre etc . He is an associate director of companies Initiative.dkf and Playback Drama. Tristan holds a 1st Class BA Honours in Drama , Theatre and Performance with English Literature from Roehampton University and was trained on the Stonecrabs Young Directors Programme and the Young Vic Springboard Programme. He is the winner of the 2019 JMK Directors Award. https://www.trisfa.com
BALLY GILLTheatre includes: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Salome, Vice Versa, Always Orange, Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier (RSC); The Island Nation (Arcola Theatre); A Local Boy (The Arts Theatre); Dinner with Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre 503). Television includes: Wanderlust; NW. Bally received the ‘Ian Charleson Award’ in 2018 for his portrayal of Romeo in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’.
JULIAN GLOVER CBEJulian trained at the National Youth Theatre, performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and became a familiar face to British television viewers by appearing in many popular series during the 1960s and 1970s. His talent for accents and cold expression made him an ideal choice for playing refined villains. During the 1980s, Glover achieved some fame in Hollywood by playing roles in such popular films as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
HENRY GOODMANHenry Goodman is an acclaimed actor who has worked in theatre, television, film and radio. He has recently starred as Constant Coquelin in the Richmond Theatre’s Edmond de Bergerac, and played Lucian Freud in Looking at Lucian in Ustinov Studio, Bath. Henry has acted at the RSC multiple times, including playing the title characters in Volpone and Richard III. He has also had starring roles in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), Holy Rosenburgs (National Theatre) and in Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End). Other credits include Duet for One with Juliet Stevenson, Fiddler on the Roof, The Birthday Party with Eileen Atkins and Chicago in the West End, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, After the Fall, Broken Glass, Guys and Dolls, Summerfolk and Trevor Nunn’s production of The Merchant of Venice for which he won the Olivier Actor of the Year Award at the National Theatre. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award in 1992 for his performance as the original Roy Cohn in Angels in America, the Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical in 1993 for Assassins, and in 1994 was nominated as Best Actor of the Year for his performance in Hysteria at the Royal Court. Broadway credits include Art and Tarfuffe. Recent TV and film work includes the highly acclaimed Yes, Prime Minister, The Damned United and Taking Woodstock.
ROSEMARY HARRISFounding company member of the National Theater and worked with Laurence Olivier in Uncle Vanya and Hamlet. Tony Award for The Lion in Winter and nominated for nine more. She has starred on Broadway in A Delicate Balance, Hay Fever, Pack of Lies and recently, The Royal Family.
JOHN HEFFERNANHe has played extensive roles at the National including the title role in Edward II; She Stoops to Conquer; Emperor and Galilean; The Revenger's Tragedy and Major Barbara. For the RSC he has starred as J Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer, performed in King Lear, The Seagull, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Other theatre work includes The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), Love and Information (The Royal Court Theatre), and The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse).
ANDRÉ HOLLANDAndré starred in and co-executive produced Damien Chazelle’s “The Eddy” (Netflix). Film includes: High Flying Bird, A Wrinkle in Time, Moonlight (Academy Award, Best Picture), Selma (Academy Award nominee), 42, Miracle at St. Anna, Sugar. TV includes: “Castle Rock” (Hulu/Bad Robot), “The Knick.” Broadway includes: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (2009 revival), Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe Theater). Select theater: Jitney; The Whipping Man (MTC); All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park).
CHUKWUDI IWUJICHUKWUDI IWUJI can be seen in Ava DuVernay’s Emmy-nominated limited Netflix series WHEN THEY SEE US as well as the second season of the BBC drama THE SPLIT. Upcoming works include Paul Greengrass’s NEWS OF THE WORLD opposite Tom Hanks, Michael Morrissey’s MOTHER, as well as the Amazon limited series THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD for director Barry Jenkins. An accomplished theater veteran, Chuk recently starred in OTHELLO for The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. Chuk’s performance in THE LOW ROAD, directed by Michael Greif, earned him an Obie Award, as well as 2018 Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations. An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company for his numerous Shakespearean performances, he has also received two Olivier awards for his titular role as HENRY VI in the RSC’s 2009 productions of parts I, II, and III. Other stage credits include: the titular role in the Public Theatre’s HAMLET directed by Patricia McGregor; Ivo van Hove’s OBSESSION opposite Jude Law, and HEDDA GABLER opposite Ruth Wilson, both for The National Theatre; The Public Theatre’s productions of KING LEAR and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA; Theatre for a New Audience’s TAMBURLAINE directed by Michael Boyd; and the Old Vic’s RICHARD III directed by Sam Mendes. In addition to his extensive stage work, Chuk has made numerous television appearances including: DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, QUANTICO, THE BLINDSPOT, MADAM SECRETARY, and DOCTOR WHO. Chuk’s film credits include: Netflix’s BARRY, Chad Stahelski’s JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 opposite Keanu Reeves, A WOMAN A PART, NOW: IN THE WINGS OF A WORLD STAGE, the multi-award winning EXAM, and FALL TO RISE. IMDb IOBDb
DAVID LEVEAUXDavid Leveaux is an Emmy and five-time Tony Award nominated director who has worked extensively in London and on Broadway. Recent work: Director of the multi Emmy Award winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live for NBC, the feature film The Exception with Christopher Plummer, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with Daniel Radcliffe at the Old Vic, London and David Hare’s Plenty with Rachel Weisz for The Public Theatre New York. Previous work: Closer (Donmar Warehouse), Romeo and Juliet(Broadway), Arcadia (West End and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Jumpers (National Theatre and Broadway, Tony nominations for outstanding direction and best revival), The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Nine (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), The Glass Menagerie (Broadway), Anna Christie (Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), No Man’s Land (Almeida), Betrayal (Almeida and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Electra (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Moonlight(Almeida), The Distance From Here (Almeida), Romeo and Juliet (RSC), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Riverside, West End and Broadway, Tony nominations for outstanding direction and best revival), The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse), Sinatra Live at the London Palladium, The Father (National Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (RSC), Rudolph(Vienna), Tales of Ballycumber and The Three Sisters (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Turn of the Screw (Scottish Opera), The Marriage of Figaro and Salome (ENO).
MIRIAM MARGOLYES OBEWinner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress Award in 1993 for "The Age of Innocence," Margolyes also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in "Little Dorrit" and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress on Radio in 1993. Her first professional work was for the BBC Drama Repertory Company and her voice work has continued to form an important part of her career. She is particularly proud of "The Queen and I," in which she played every member of the Royal Family and the E.F. Benson series of "Mapp & Lucia." She has voiced many animation films and was Fly in "Babe," the Matchmaker in "Mulan" and voiced "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away". In 2002 Margolyes was awarded the OBE for her services to Drama in the Queen's New Year's Honours List. Her film credits include Professor Sprout in "Harry Potter," the Nurse in "Romeo + Juliet," "Little Dorrit," "Ladies in Lavender," "Being Julia," the BBC comedy "Blackadder," as well as stage performances in Endgame and Wicked. She will soon be seen with Barbara Streisand in "The Guilt Trip" and in "The Wedding Video" with Dame Harriet Walter. IMDb IBDb http://miriammargolyes.com
LUCIAN MSAMATIAt the National: Amadeus, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 50 Years on Stage, The Amen Corner, The Comedy of Errors, Death and the King's Horseman, The Overwhelming, The President of an Empty Room, Mourning Becomes Electra For the RSC: Othello, Pericles. In London's West End: Clybourne Park. Other theatre: If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep, Belong, Little Revolution, Ruined, ID, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, Who Killed Mr Drum?, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Fabulation, Walk Hard, Gem of the Ocean, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (which he also directed), and international productions of Born African, Twelfth Night, Eternal Peace Asylum, Urfaust, A Midsummer Night's Dream As director: Boi-Boi is Dead, The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo As writer: Zuva Crumbling, Memory Play, The Boy from Bulawayo Lucian Msamati is a founder member of Zimbabwe's acclaimed Over the Edge theatre company and former Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodz. IMDb
PIPPA NIXONPippa Nixon trained at Manchester School of Theatre. She has had numerous roles in film and television as well as recording drama for BBC Radio, but she is best known for her critically acclaimed theatre work. During her early successful stage career, Nixon took on a mixture of roles in both contemporary and classical writing. In 2011, after stints at Shakespeare’s Globe where she was commended in the Ian Charleson Awards for her portrayal of Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Nixon moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company to take on a number of lead roles. Other theatre roles include Ophelia in Hamlet; Rosalind in As You Like It, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC. Also for the RSC: Days of Significance, King John and Cardenio. Other theatre work includes Bea, Joe Guy, The Zoo Reading (Soho Theatre); Timon of Athens, Holding Fire! (Globe); The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek (Belfast/Tour); The Method (Oval House); Balm in Gilead Masterpieces (50th Anniversary Season) (Young Vic); and Reading (Royal Court).
ANTOINETTE NWANDUAntoinette Nwandu is a playwright who also writes for film & tv. Her play Pass Over (LCT3; Steppenwolf) was a NYT Critic’s Pick and won a Lucille Lortel Award and a Jeff Award for Best Play. A filmed version of Pass Over—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate premiered at Victory Gardens. And her play Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song was due to premiere at The Vineyard Theater during the Spring 2020 season. Antoinette is under commission from The Denver Center, Ars Nova & Audible. Antoinette’s writing has won the Whiting Award, the Samuel French Next Step Award, the Cullman Prize, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Sky Cooper Prize, and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and an Ars Nova Play Group alum, and her work has been developed & supported by The Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Ignition Fest, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Page73, PlayPenn, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. In film & tv, Antoinette wrote for Season 2 of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), and is adapting the short story “Wash Clean the Bones” for Amazon Studios from the collection Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
SIR PATRICK STEWARTPatrick Stewart's work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He is a multiple time Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Saturn Award nominee. Beginning his career with a long run with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart received the 1979 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Antony and Cleopatra on the West End. Stewart's first major screen roles were in BBC-broadcast television productions during the mid-late 1970s, including Hedda, and the I, Claudius miniseries. From the 1980s onward, Stewart began working in American television and film, with prominent leading roles such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of superhero films, the lead of the Starz TV series Blunt Talk, and voice roles such as CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock in American Dad! and the narrator in Ted. Having remained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 2008 Stewart played King Claudius in Hamlet on the West End and won a second Olivier Award. In 2010, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama. IMDb IBDb IOBDb
FIONA SHAW CBETheatre: Electra (voted Actress of the Year), Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Good Person of Setzuan, Machinal (voted Actress of the Year) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Richard II As You Like It, The Waste Land, Medea, Happy Days and Mother Courage (National). TV includes Hedda Gabler (BBC / HBO.) Film includes My Left Foot, Catch and Release, The Black Dahlia, Fracture and the Harry Potter films. In 2001, she was awarded an honorary CBE.
JONATHAN SLINGERLeading roles at the RSC include the title role in Hamlet; Paroles in All’s Well That Ends Well; Prospero in The Tempest; Macbeth in Macbeth, Richard in Richard III, Lenny in the The Homecoming; Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Outside the RSC, theatre work includes Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester); Duchess of Malfi; The Coast of Utopia; The Machine Wreckers (National Theatre); Uncle Vanya (Young Vic); The Maid’s Tragedy (Shakespeare’s Globe); Bones (Newcastle Live/Hampstead).
DAVID SUCHET CBEThough his best-known work has been as Poirot, David Suchet earned acclaim for his roles in the miniseries Blott on the Landscape and The Life of Freud. He also appeared as domineering Hollywood studio head Louis B. Mayer in the well-received HBO feature RKO 281 (1999), about the making of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. He has also appeared in numerous Hollywood films and as Poirot on the ITV/PBS series.
JOEL TRILLHaving worked as an actor, Joel trained as a voice coach at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, while training, he was awarded the VASTA Diversity Scholarship. He has taught at RADA, Guildhall, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; His extensive experience working with a variety of actors, allows him to be responsive, intuitive and adaptable as a coach. His recent work in theatre includes Trojan horse at Battersea Arts Centre; A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios; Master Harold & The Boys at the The Royal National Theatre; Two Trains Runnin at the The Royal & Derngate Theatre; As You Like It at the Queen’s Hornchurch; Red Dust Road for National Theatre of Scotland; Strange Fruit at The Bush; J'Ouvert for Theatre 503; One Night in Miami on tour; Glass Menagerie for the Arcola Theatre; The Half God of Rainfall at the Kiln Theatre, Good Dog at Watford Palace Theatre; One Love at Birmingham Rep; Princess and the Hustler at Bristol Old Vic Theatre ; DNA for the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch; The Dark at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol; The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum; Macbeth for the Bord Gáis Energy; Yellowman at the Young Vic; Assata Taught Me at The Gate Theatre; A Bitter Herb at the Gielgud RADA; and Blues for an Alabama Sky at GBS Studio. Film The Ancestors and Queen & Slim.
DEBORAH WARNER CBERecently directed Mother Courage and Medea, both with Fiona Shaw, and Julius Caesar with Ralph Fiennes. Director of the Year for the RSC's Titus Andronicus (with Brian Cox), Electra (with Fiona Shaw) and Hedda Gabler (Fiona Shaw). Other productions include King John (RSC), King Lear, The Good Person of Setzuan and Richard II, The Waste Land in London and abroad, Coriolanus (Salzberg Festival), Medea in London and abroad, and The Angel Project in New York. Operas include Don Giovani and Fidelio (Glyndebourne), Wozzeck (Opera North), Paul Bunyan (ENO) and Medea in Dublin and London.
MARK WING-DAVEYMark Wing-Davey first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop. Since then he has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwright’s Horizons, LAByrinth, and the Public Theater - directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry 5 in Central Park. He directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep, and for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Recent productions include Molière’s School for Wives at Two River Theater New Jersey and Pericles, his fifth production for Berkeley Rep: 36 Views, The Life of Galileo, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest preceding it. He also directed an acclaimed Angels in America for ACT. Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ART, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep, Yale Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia.