Casting Announced for Stratford Festival Season

News   Casting Announced for Stratford Festival Season Casting has been announced for Stratford Festival's 2016 productions of works by William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller, among others.

According to The Globe and Mail, Ian Lake, who recently appeared as Guy in the Toronto production of Once, will star as the titular character in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Krystin Pellerin will co-star as Lady Macbeth. Antoni Cimolino will direct the production at the Canadian venue.

Araya Mengesha will star as Prince Hal and Henry V in a series of history plays titled Breath of Kings. Breath of Kings condenses Richard II and Henry IV Part I into one evening and Henry IV Part II and Henry V into another. The series was conceived by Graham Abbey, who will appear as Henry IV. Tom Rooney will appear as Richard II. Geraint Wyn Davies will appear as Falstaff. Kate Hennig and Nigel Shawn Williams will round out the company in a number of supporting roles.

Petrina Bromley will appear as Rosalind in National Arts Centre artistic director Jillian Keiley’s production of As You Like It, which will be "set on The Rock in the 1980s." Cyrus Lane is Orlando and Seana McKenna will be Jaques, making her the first woman in the history of the Stratford Festival to recite the line, "All the world’s a stage/And all the men and women merely players."

Other casting includes Stephen Ouimette and Brigit Wilson as Argan and Toinette, respectively, in The Hypochondriac; Joseph Ziegler and Lucy Peacock as Joe and Kate Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, which also stars Sarah Afful, Lanise Antoine Shelley and E.B. Smith; Seana McKenna, Lucy Peacock and Scott Wentworth as Ella Rentheim, Gunhild Borkman and John Gabriel Borkman, respectively, in John Gabriel Borkman; Sara Farb, Ruby Joy, André Morin and Gareth Potter as the children in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Tim Carroll; Maev Beaty, Cyrus Lane and Krystin Pellerin in Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny; and Gareth Potter as Aeneas in Olivier Kemeid’s The Aeneid.

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