Shakespeare’s Rivals 2019

In October 2019 we launched the Shakespeare’s Rivals project with two public performances.

At the heart of this programme we staged extended sequences from a trio of plays from the 1610s and 1620s – The Devil’s Law-Case by John Webster; The Witch of Edmonton, by John Ford, Thomas Dekker, and William Rowley; and The Roman Actor by Philip Massinger.

All three are scripts we greatly admire; but we selected them for this first experiment because of the radical stylistic contrasts which separate them.

One of the performances was filmed, and this film will in due course be made available here, accompanied by observations from the directors on their experience of rehearsing these brilliant works in parallel in this way.

The Cast

Two Gentlemen of Verona – William Shakespeare

ProteusAlfie Howle

Troilus and Cressida – William Shakespeare

TroilusAlfie Howle

The Witch of Edmonton – John Ford, Thomas Dekker and William Rowley

FrankTobi Sidiku
WinifredHayley Clarke
Sir ArthurDean Murphy

The Roman Actor – Philip Massinger

Aretinus             Bryn Richards
Paris                     Alfie Howle
Domitia               Lily James
Parthenius         Dean Murphy
Lamia                   Bryn Richards
Soldiers               Cullum Ball, Alfie Howle, Tobi Sidiku

The Devil’s Law-Case – John Webster

Romelio              Cullum Ball
Jolenta                Mickey Xavier-Jackson
Leonora              Charlotte Emerson

Creative Team

Directed byMichael Cordner and Ollie Jones
Lighting DesignRob del Pino and Katherine Graham
DSMJo Papanastassiou
Assistant ProducerFin Avison
Costume and WardrobeEstella Harrowing
Lighting & Sound OperatorLydia Jührich
Lighting and Sound AssistantEmma Povey
PropsSara Chew
FilmingSimon van der Borgh, Matt Brannan, Paul Ryan, and team

Thanks to: Derrick Attridge, Frav, Bryony Jones, Mariana Lopez, Claudia Nader Jaime, Mads Quinn, Felicity Riddy, Leanne Roberts, Richard Rowland, Mitch Siddons, Mark Smith, Roxanne Spence

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