I’m delighted to announce the cast list for The Tragedie of Cleopatra!
Cleopatra,Queen of Egypt: Charlotte Gallagher
Octavius Cæsar,the nephew of Julius Cæsar: Beth Eyre
Cæsario,her son, by Julius Cæsar: Emily Stiff
Dolabella, a Roman: Anna Sowerbutts
Proculeius, a Roman: Mike Waters
Arius, an Egyptian philosopher: Amanda Tavares
Philostratus, an Egpytian philosopher: Natacha Shaban
Seleceus, an Egyptian (doubled with Chorus): Charlotte Evans
Rodon, an Egyptian and tutor to Cæsario (doubled with Chorus): Elspeth North
Diomedes, an Egyptian: Elena Ghirardello
Charmion, handmaid to Cleopatra (doubled with Chorus): Lucy Jennings
Eras, handmaid to Cleopatra (doubled with Chorus): Ritika Gupta
Titius, a Roman: Karim Khan
Guard, a Roman: James Phillips
Auditions were a wonderful, if surreal experience; after working on the script all summer, being able to watch actors actually perform monologues and dialogues from the script made the whole project feel disconcertingly real. Our producer, Yasmin, couldn’t be there in person, as she is currently in the US, but she was a virtual presence via Skype. Many auditionees commented that this was the first time they had auditioned over skype; as we were joined at the auditions by our wonderful executive producer, Professor Helen Hackett, as well as another kind supporter, the Dr Chris Laoutaris, and our lovely assistant director, Rathika Muthukumaran, it began to feel more and more like an X factor panel! But our actors were undaunted by the intimidating line-up, and all the auditions were of an astonishingly high quality.
It’s a great feeling to have our amazing cast on board, as well as a talented and enthusiastic production team, which I will announce on this blog in the coming few days.
The readthrough itself was a definite success; it really gave us a glimpse of how the final production will look, sound and feel. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, and we’re getting more and more excited… Watch this space for our rehearsal diaries, and for photographs and film clips of the rehearsals as they progress.