Pop-up Globe announces cast for ‘Twelfth Night’ & ’ Romeo & Juliet’

Pop-up Globe – host of one of the biggest festivals of Shakespeare ever staged in the Southern Hemisphere -- today announces the cast for two of the Bard’s best-loved works: Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet

Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet will launch Pop-up Globe’s season and are produced by the company behind the development of this world-first project. In all, eight of Shakespeare’s works will be performed at Pop-up Globe beginning on 18 February with a red carpet arrival of a who’s who of New Zealand of celebrity and civic personalities. Other works are Much Adoe About Nothing, The Tempest, Titus, Antony & Cleopatra, Hamlet and Henry V. Check Eventfinda for details. Good tickets are available for all shows.

Pop-up Globe is the world’s first full-scale working replica of the second Globe theatre, Shakespeare’s Theatre. Marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, it will pop up in the heart of Auckland City, host a season of the bard’s masterworks and then disappear again.

“The players in our company are a thrilling and diverse blend of new faces and bastions of the international theatre community,” says Pop-up Globe artistic director Dr Miles Gregory. “We are greatly looking forward to the cast’s unique energy and dynamic that will bring these special plays to life.”

Dr Miles Gregory will direct the cast in Twelfth Night while the University of London’s Ben Naylor will bring the tale of Romeo & Juliet to life. A leading UK expert on Shakespeare and renaissance theatre, Naylor brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to Pop-up Globe.

The coveted roles of Romeo & Juliet will be played by Jonathan Tynan-Moss and Christel Chapman while Aaron Richardson has landed the principal role of Viola / Cesario in Twelfth Night.

Tynan-Moss has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Student Drama Festival, and in conjunction with the Scottish National Theatre. He has also performed in venues around London and the South East including the Camden People's Theatre, Pushkin House, the Hazlitt Theatre, and in the West End at the Arts Theatre and the Fortune Theatre and featured in production including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, As You Like It and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Chapman has worked with such companies as Red Leap, the prestigious French Groupe F and has recently finished working with Massive Theatre company. 

A recent recipient of director of the year at the prestigious Wellington Theatre Awards, Miriama McDowell (Dark Horse, Hope and Wire and No.2) will play Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet while theatre and television veteran Edward Newborn will play Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. With over 40 years’ experience internationally, Newborn’s most recent credits include The Original Phantom of the Opera in Tokyo and the 2015 London season of Simpatico. He has also become a regular on television series including Xena, Hercules and Go Girls.

Named Actress of the Year for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth, Carmel McGlone has performed from Shakespeare to Schiller on virtually all New Zealand’s main stages, TV, film- as well as in Australia where she was part of Simon Phillip’s core ensemble at the State Theatre Company. Carmel also starred in acclaimed NZ movie Hook, Line and Sinker; both series of the Emmy-award winning online series Reservoir Hill as well as local tele-feature Rage and the TV series Girl vs Boy.

Full Cast List:
Aaron Richardson (TN: Viola/Cesario; R&J: Paris/Gregory)
Adrian Hooke (TN: Feste; R&J: Sampson/2nd Musician/1st Watchman)
Alexander Holloway (TN: Curio/Officer; R&J: Balthasar)
Carl Drake (TN: Orsino; R&J: Montague)
Carmel McGlone (R&J: Nurse/Lady Montague)
Christel Chapman (R&J: Juliet)
Daniel Watterson (TN: Olivia; R&J: Benvolio/ Friar John/ 3rd Watchman)
Edward Newborn (TN: Sir Toby Belch; R&J: Friar Lawrence/Old Capulet)
Jatinder Singh (TN: Antonio; R&J: Tybalt/ 2nd Watchman)
Jonathan Tynan-Moss (TN: Sebastian; R&J: Romeo)
Miriama McDowell (R&J: Lady Capulet)
Oscar West (TN: Musician; R&J: Musician)
Paul Willis (TN: Sir Andrew Aguecheek; R&J: Peter)
Phodiso Dintwe (TN: Valentine/Officer; R&J: Apothecary/Page/1st Musician)
Stanley Jackson III (TN: Malvolio; R&J: Mercutio/Escalus)
Stephen Butterworth (TN: Maria; R&J: Capulet)

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