Cast announced for Globe Comedy & War

Reporter: Matthew Amer, first published Tue 22 Jul 2014 15:14
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Shakespeare’s Globe regulars Matthew Needham and James Garnon will lead the casts of the historic venue’s productions of The Comedy Of Errors and Doctor Scroggy’s War.

Needham, who previously appeared in the venue’s production of Titus Andronicus and The Knight Of The Burning Pestle, plays Antipholus of Ephesus in the Blanche McIntyre-directed The Comedy Of Errors. 

He’s joined in the cast by Simon Harrison, who appeared at the venue earlier this summer in The Last Days Of Troy, as Antipholus of Syracuse and Brodie Ross and Jamie Wilkes as Dromio of Syracuse and Ephesus.

James Laurenson, whose stage credits include The Cherry Orchard and Hamlet at the National Theatre, plays Egeon.

The Comedy Of Errors, which runs at the open air venue from 30 August, is the tale of estranged twin brothers whose servants are also estranged twin brothers. When they find themselves in the same city the situation soon confuses everyone, including them, as strangers are hospitable and friends hostile.

Garnon, who has appeared in a dozen Shakespeare’s Globe productions including the inaugural show at the venue’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Duchess Of Malfi, plays the title character in Doctor Scroggy’s War.

Howard Brenton’s tale of the impact made by the founder of plastic surgery Sir Harold Gillies on the lives of soldiers traumatised by the First World War also stars Will Featherstone, who has previously appeared in Globe productions including As You Like It and Anne Boleyn, as Jack Twigg.

The production, which is directed by John Dove and runs from 12 September, also stars Globe regulars Paul Rider and Dickon Tyrrell.

The production play as part of a season that also includes current productions Antony And Cleopatra, Holy Warriors and Julius Caesar, and Richard Bean’s Pitcairn, which opens in September.