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-WARRELLElliot 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 CBEToured worldwide as King Lear and Richard III for the RNT. For the RSC: Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Penny for a Song and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune. His many films include Trials of Henry Kissinger, Rookie and Manhunter.
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
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 GOODMANTheatre work includes The Comedy of Errors (RSC, Best Newcomer Award, 1983), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and After the Fall (National), Angels in America (Best Supporting Actor, 1992), Assassins (Olivier Award, 1993), Merchant of Venice (Olivier Award), Tartuffe (Broadway) Richard III (RSC), Art (Broadway and West End), Chicago (West End) and The Birthday Party (West End).
DAVID HAREWOOD MBETheatre productions include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA); Martin Luther King in the premiere of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (Theatre503); Hotspur in Henry IV Parts I and II; Lord Asriel in His Dark Materials (National Theatre); the title role in Othello on their world tour; Antony and Cleopatra (Public Theatre). He has had numerous TV roles, most recently playing David Estes in Homeland and Mandela in Mrs Mandela in the BBC drama.
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).
KELLY HUNTER MBEKelly is an award winning actor, director and writer. Over the last thirty years she has played major roles for the RSC, National theatre, English Touring theatre and the Icelandic company Vesturport, working with Jerome Savary, Hal Prince, Sir Peter Hall and Sir Trevor Nunn. She has also worked extensively in film, TV and radio. Kelly is the Artistic Director of Flute Theatre, for whom her most recent production of Hamlet, Who’s There? performed at the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in August 2015. In 2014 she directed a production of The Tempest for the RSC which she adapted for children with autism. She is the author of two books, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat, drama games for children with autism published by Routledge and Cracking Shakespeare; A hands-on guide for actors and directors published by Methuen in December 2015. From 2002-2006 she was the Artistic director of Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, which she created to offer Shakespeare to children with no access to the arts. Kelly has created a series of sensory drama games named The Hunter Heartbeat Method, which form her work with children with autism. This methodology has the basis of a longitudinal study at Ohio State University since 2011.
JEREMY IRONSStarred in Brideshead Revisited on television. Academy Award for A Reversal of Fortune and Tony Award for The Real Thing. Starred for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Wild Oats, A Winter's Tale and Richard II. Movies include The French Lieutenant's Woman, Betrayal and The Lion King.
CHUKWUDI IWUJITheater: Othello (Shakespeare in the Park), The Low Road (Public Theater, Lortel nomination, Drama League nomination, Obie Award), Obsession (Barbican), Hedda Gabler (National Theatre), Hamlet (Public Theater), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Tamburlaine (TFNA), King Lear (Shakespeare in the Park), Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC and The Public Theater), Richard III (Bridge Project - Old Vic/BAM), Film: John Wick: Chapter 2, Exam, Bikini Moon, TV: The Split, Crossing Lines, Doctor Who, Proof, IMDb IOBDb
NEIL LABUTEFilms include In the Company of Men (New York Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature, Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things — a film adaptation of his play by the same title — The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral. Plays include bash: reasons to be pretty, latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat, Autobahn, This Is How It Goes, Some Girl(s), Wrecks, In a Dark Dark House, Helter Skelter, The Furies and The War on Terror.
JANE LAPOTAIREFor the National Theatre, she has played Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and Jessica to Laurence Olivier’s Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. For the RSC, she starred in the RSC’s productions of Piaf (Actress of the Year Award in Britain; Tony Award on Broadway), and has played Viola in Twelfth Night, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Rosalind in As You Like It, Gertrude opposite Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet and Catherine of Aragon in Henry VIII (Helen Hayes Award) in London and the US.
DAVID LEVEAUXRecent productions include: Rudolph (Vienna); A Doll's House (Tokyo); Three Sisters (Abbey, Dublin); Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner plus the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, and Fiddler on the Roof. Previous Broadway productions include: Tom Stoppard's Jumpers (Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Direction); Nine with Antonio Banderas (Tony Award for Best Revival and nomination for Outstanding Direction); Stoppard's The Real Thing (Tony Award for Best Revival); Harold Pinter's Betrayal with Juliette Binoche; Electra with Zoë Wanamaker (Tony Award nomination); Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie with Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson (Tony Award for Best Revival); and A Moon for the Misbegotten with Kate Nelligan (Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Direction). TV: Jesus Christ Superstar Live (Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special)
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).
SIR PATRICK STEWART OBEPatrick 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 a PBS series.
OWEN TEALETheatre: A Doll's House (West End & Broadway, Tony Award winner Best Featured Actor in a Play); Royal Shakespeare Company: Loves Labours Lost, King Lear, Julius Caesar; Ivanov (National Theatre), The Broken Heart (The Globe); TV: Game of Thrones, Pulse, A Discovery of Witches, Jerusalem, Stella, The Hollow Crown, Silk, Ballykissangel; Film: Tolkein, Nocturne, The Fold, Hunky Dory, The Last Legion, King Arthur, Robin Hood IMDb IBDb
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.