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Shakespeare’s Globe announces Simon Paisley Day as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and full cast for Henry V 01 March 2012

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced Simon Paisley Day will play Petruchio opposite Samantha Spiro’s Katherine in its production of The Taming of the Shrew this summer, along with full casting for Henry V. Henry V will tour the UK for six weeks, prior to closing Globe to Globe festival and opening the 2012 theatre season, The Play’s The Thing. Simon Paisley Day joins the cast of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, directed by Toby Frow, as the boisterous and quick-witted Petruchio. His recent theatre credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre and on Broadway) and The Ugly One (Royal Court). Television credits include Doc Martin, Sherlock, Hustle and Being Human.

Jamie Parker returns in Henry V, having performed as Prince Hal in both critically acclaimed productions of Henry IV Part 1 and 2 at the Globe. Parker was an original cast member of The History Boys (National Theatre), performing in the London, world tour and Broadway productions as well as the film. Other work includes The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre) and films Valkyrie and The Journey Home. Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of the Globe will direct Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the turbulence of war and the art of peace, completing his interpretation of the three plays that follow Henry from a wild adolescent to a heroic King. From the 2010 creative team behind Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Jonathan Fensom and Claire Van Kampen will join Dominic once again.

Brid Brennan will take on the role of Chorus. Recent theatre credits include The Veil (National Theatre), Philadelphia Here I Come (Gaiety Theatre), Bliss (Royal Court) and Silver Birch House (Arcola Theatre). Television credits include the BBC’s latest series of Upstairs Downstairs, South Riding and Doctor Who.

Joining them are Globe regulars Nigel Cooke as Exeter, Sam Cox as the blustery Pistol, Brendan O’Hea as Welsh Captain Fluellen and David Hargreaves as the French King, Nym and Erpingham.


Nigel Cooke performed in the Globe’s 2011 production of Doctor Faustus. Other theatre credits include All My Sons (National Theatre) and An Inspector Calls (Garrick). Brendan O’Hea recent theatre credits include The Syndicate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Waiting for Godot (Theatre Royal Haymarket & international tour). Recent television appearances include Law & Order UK. David Hargreaves performed in The Globe Mysteries in 2011 at Shakespeare’s Globe, with other recent theatre credits including The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, (RSC, Stratford and London) and On the Shore of the Wide World (National Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange). Sam Cox performed at the Globe in Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That Ends Well and Henry VIII. Other credits include Inherit The Wind (Old Vic) and Oedipus (National Theatre). Television credits include New Tricks, The Commander and Doctor Who.

Completing the cast is Graham Butler, Giles Cooper, Matthew Flynn, Beruce Khan, James Lailey, Paul Rider, Olivia Ross, Chris Starkie, Lisa Stevenson and Roger Watkins.

Henry V has a strong connection with the Globe and is believed to be the first play that was performed in the 1599 Globe, which also opened the reconstruction in 1997 with the words ‘O for a muse of fire’. It celebrates the power of language, summoning into life courts, pubs, ships and battlefields within the ‘wooden O’. With the same creative team as the 2010 Henry IV productions, Shakespeare’s Globe, in association with Liverpool Playhouse, will create a large scale production that will tour the UK, offering a unique opportunity to experience the work of one of London’s leading theatres across the country. Once completing its tour, the production will be re-worked before opening at the Globe as part of the 2012 Theatre Season from 7 June.

To book tickets for the London run call the Box Office on 020 7401 9919 or book online at shakespearesglobe.com.

Press Night is on Wednesday 13 June 2012. ENDS EDITORS NOTES For further information contact Rebecca Storey, Senior Press & PR Officer for Shakespeare’s Globe on +0044 207 902 1492 or email Rebecca.s@shakespearesglobe.com. Listings Information for Henry V Produced by Shakespeare’s Globe Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dominic Dromgoole Designed by Jonathan Fensom


Composed by Claire Van Kampen Cast Brid Brennan – Chorus/Queen Isabel Graham Butler – Duke of Bourbon/Alexander Court Nigel Cooke – Duke of Exeter Giles Cooper – Montjoy/Monsieur le Fer/Sir Thomas Grey Sam Cox – Pistol Kurt Egyiawan – Louis the Dauphin/Lord Scroop Matthew Flynn – Captain Gower David Hargreaves – King of France/Nym/Sir Thomas Erpingham Beruce Khan – John Bates/Duke of York James Lailey – Earl of Westmoreland/Captain Macmorris Brendan O’Hea – Captain Fluellen/Bishop of Ely Jamie Parker – King Henry V Paul Rider – Bardolph/Archbishop of Canterbury/Duke of Burgundy Olivia Ross – Princess Katherine/Boy Chris Starkie – Michael Williams/Earl of Cambridge/Duke of Orleans/Captain Jamy Lisa Stevenson – Hostess Quickly/Alice Roger Watkins – Constable of France/Governor of Harfleur Shakespeare's Globe in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present Henry V Touring April-June 2012 Liverpool Playhouse 12 – 28 April New Theatre, Cardiff 1 – 5 May Oxford Playhouse 8 – 12 May Cambridge Arts Theatre 15 – 19 May Theatre Royal Bath 22 – 26 May Salisbury International Arts Theatre (Salisbury Playhouse) 29 May – 2 June LISTING INFORMATION Globe to Globe 2012 Part of the World Shakespeare Festival for the London 2012 Festival Celebratory opening weekend 21-22 April 37 plays in 37 different languages 23 April – 9 June For full listings, visit www.shakespearesglobe.com/globetoglobe Globe 2012 Theatre Season – The Play’s The Thing Henry V by William Shakespeare Produced by Shakespeare's Globe in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Directed by Dominic Dromgoole with Jamie Parker as Henry V From 7 June to 26 August The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare Directed by Toby Frow From 23 June to 13 October Richard III by William Shakespeare Produced by Shakespeare’s Globe, Sonia Friedman Productions and Shakespeare Road Directed by Tim Carroll, designed by Jenny Tiramani, music by Claire van Kampen, with Mark Rylance as Richard III From 14 July to 13 October Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Produced by Shakespeare’s Globe, Sonia Friedman Productions and Shakespeare Road


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Globe Exhibition and Tour is open all year round. For more information visit www.shakespearesglobe.com/exhibition 2012 Shakespeare’s Globe will present Globe to Globe, a multi-lingual Shakespeare festival to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Over the course of six weeks, starting on 21 April 2012, all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays will be performed in a different language, by different companies from around the world. Indoor Jacobean Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe is currently fundraising to build an indoor Jacobean theatre, opening in 2013. For further information please visit www.shakespearesglobe.com/indoorjacobeantheatre Globe on Tour: The Globe’s productions tour the UK, Europe and America and the Globe is currently developing its touring schedule, as well as screening productions in cinemas. For more information www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/on-tour Globe Education presents a programme of workshops, lectures, events and staged readings all year round. For more information this programme of events call Globe Education 020 7902 1438 or visit www.shakespearesglobe.com/education Globe Shop stocks a variety of products, including theatre season specific merchandise. Shakespeare's Globe is a registered charity and all profits from sales go towards supporting our educational mission. Items can be bought at the onsite shop or online at www.shakespearesglobe.com/shop Swan at the Globe bar and restaurant is open all year round. For reservations please call 020 7928 9444. www.loveswan.co.uk The Shakespeare Globe Trust is a registered charity No.266916. Shakespeare’s Globe receives no public subsidy.

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