Bell Shakespeare behind the seen

BS_HenryFollowing the exciting announcement of its 2014 Season, “a year that balances hard-nosed commentary on conflict and aberrant social behaviour with a generous dollop of magic and fantasy”, Bell Shakespeare is delighted to reveal its cast line-up across its four mainstage productions.

Myles Pollard, Helen Thomson and Rory Potter, will bring to life The Winter’s Tale, directed by John Bell. Well known for his TV roles in McLeod’s Daughters and latest film role in Drift, one of Myles’ first performances was in Bell Shakespeare’s 1999 production of Romeo And Juliet.

Helen’s strong theatre reputation comes from famed roles in Mrs Warren’s Profession, Under Milk Wood, and Summer of the 17th Doll. Rory Potter, the youngest cast member at age 13, makes his debut with the Company following outstanding roles in Storm Boy, The Secret River and Medea.

Director Damien Ryan welcomes a band of newcomers to the Bell Shakespeare stage in his Henry V, including Michael Sheasby (A Place to Call Home, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) who will play King Henry V, Matthew Backer, Damien Strouthos and Eloise Winestock.

Leon Ford joins Kate Mulvany and Sean O’hea in Peter Evans’ production of Tartuffe. An incredible talent, Leon, last seen in Puberty Blues and Constellations, has written for Offspring and received an AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

Since Kate first graced the stage in 2001 she’s stared in countless productions, including Bell Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Sean most recently wowed audiences with his performance in Rupert.

Rounding off the season, Richard Piper (King Kong, Underbelly, Henry VI) joins Ray Chong Nee and Janine Watson in Peter Evans’ The Dream, a 90-minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“2014 sees bold choices in casting; some of our audiences’ firm favourites will be joined by exciting new faces that reflect rich talent and diversity,” said Co-Artistic Directors John Bell and Peter Evans.

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