Casting Set for RSC/Wooster Group's Troilus and Cressida; Marin Ireland, Gary Wilmes Among Troupers

News   Casting Set for RSC/Wooster Group's Troilus and Cressida; Marin Ireland, Gary Wilmes Among Troupers Casting has been confirmed for the RSC/Wooster Group co-production of Troilus and Cressida, being premiered as part of the World Shakespeare Festival at Stratford-upon-Avon's Swan Theatre, beginning performances Aug. 3 prior to an official opening Aug. 8, for a run through Aug. 18. It will then transfer to London's Riverside Studios beginning performances Aug. 24 for a run through Sept. 8.

It is co-directed by Wooster's Elizabeth LeCompte and the RSC's Mark Ravenhill.

The two different companies are creating their responses to the play's factions of Greeks (RSC) and Trojans (The Wooster Group) independently of each other — The Wooster Group have been rehearsing their part of the show at their base in New York, and will join RSC rehearsals in London at the end of June. This will be when the two  "factions" meet for the very first time to compare their work on the show in what will be both a collision and a collaboration.

The U.K. cast includes Joe Dixon (Achilles) , Scott Handy (Ulysses), Aidan Kelly (Ajax), Clifford Samuel (Patroclus), Zubin Varla (Thersites) and Danny Webb (Agamemnon/Diomedes); and from The Wooster Group Jibz Cameron (Cassandra), Ari Fliakos (Hector), Marin Ireland (Cressida), Jennifer Lim (Andromache), Greg Mehrten (Pandarus), Bruce Odland (Priam), Andrew Schneider (Aeneas), Scott Shepherd (Troilus) and Gary Wilmes (Paris).

The production is co-designed by Laura Hopkins and Studio Folkert de Jong, with lighting by Nigel Edwards and Music by Jocelyn Pook for the RSC and Bruce Odland for The Wooster Group.  The associate director/ movement director is Jane Gibson for the RSC and Kate Valk is the associate director for The Wooster Group.

To book tickets for the Stratford-upon-Avon run, contact the box office on 0844 800 1110, or visit rsc.org.uk. For the London run, contact the Riverside Studios box office on 020 8237 1111 or visit riversidestudios.co.uk.

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