Roger Allam Joins Cast of Shakespeare's Globe's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

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Classical and musical actor Roger Allam will join the previously announced Jamie Parker, William Gaunt and Oliver Cotton in the double bill of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 that Shakespeare's Globe in London will produce this summer.

Allam, who was last seen in the West End taking over as Albin in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of La Cage aux Folles, will play Falstaff. Performances for Part 1 begin June 6 and for Part 2 July 3, prior to an official opening of both parts on a press day on July 14. The productions will run in rep through Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, respectively. Allam is a two-time Olivier Award winner for Best Actor for his performances in the Donmar Warehouse production of Privates on Parade in 2002, and for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his appearance in the National Theatre's production of Money in 2000. He has appeared regularly at the National, most recently in 2008 in Michael Frayn's Afterlife and before that in the world premiere of Michael Frayn's Democracy, as well as in productions of The Cherry Orchard, Albert Speer and Summerfolk. He is an associate artist of the RSC, where his classical roles include Mercutio, Oberon/Theseus, Brutus, Toby Belch and Macbeth, and where he also originated the role of Javert in the first RSC production of Les Misérables. He has also been seen in the West End in Boeing-Boeing, Blackbird and City of Angels. On film, he is co-starring with Gemma Arterton in Stephen Frears’ new film "Tamara Drewe," which will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May ahead of its September UK release. Other screen credits include BBC’s "The Thick of It" and Stephen Frears’ "The Queen."

The production is directed by the Globe's artistic director Dominic Dromgoole and designed by Tony-nominated designer Jonathan Fensom (Journey's End), who has previously worked at Shakespeare's Globe on Love's Labour's Lost and King Lear. The production also features Jamie Parker as Prince Hal, William Gaunt as Worcester in Part 1 and Shallow Part 2, and Oliver Cotton in the title role of Henry IV, and is completed by Jason Baughan, Patrick Brennan, Daon Broni, Phil Cheadle, Oliver Coopersmith, Sam Crane, Christopher Godwin, Sean Kerns, James Lailey, Danny Lee Wynter, Kevork Malikyan, Barbara Marten, Paul Rider, Lorna Stuart, Joseph Timms and Jade Williams.

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