Stafford Festival Shakespeare reveal the full cast for this summer’s much-anticipated production of The Merchant of Venice, set to take place once again in the atmospheric surroundings of Stafford Castle.

Casting Director Lucy Casson has worked hard with the production team to develop a well-rounded and talented team of actors for this year’s show. The performers bring a wealth of training and performance experience to this year’s exciting production, including film, TV, and radio  work, and credits that include RSC, Open Air Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the National Theatre.

The full cast is as follows:

DUKE OF VENICE / PRINCE OF MOROCCO / BARNARDO: David Carr

SALARINA: Rhiannon Clements

NERISSA: Christine Gomes

SHYLOCK: Linal Haft

PORTIA: Jessica Hardwick

LORENZO: James Macnaughton

SALANIA: Paddy Navin

BASSANIO: Alastair Natkiel

ANTONIO: Thom Petty

LANCELOT GOBBO / PRINCE OF ARRAGON: Kate Roche

JESSICA: Isabella Rubin

GRATIANO / TUBAL: Thomas Winter

 

Taking on the famous role of Shylock will be a face well-known to TV and film audiences: actor Linal Haft. Linal has appeared in both EastEnders and The Bill, and also has an impressive stage-acting resumé. 

Starring as Portia will be Jessica Hardwick, who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Jessica has an extensive theatrical resumé, with credits including the National Theatre of Scotland, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare spokesperson, Jemma Harrison, says:

“We have an incredible cast for this truly special production of The Merchant of Venice. All of us at Stafford Festival Shakespeare can’t wait to see this show develop into another stunning production. We have some amazing plans in store for audiences this summer so make sure you don’t miss it!”

 

The Merchant of Venice will open on Thursday 27th June and run until Saturday 13th July 2019 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available at varying prices from just £15. Full ticket information can be obtained from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com