Flora Spencer-Longhurst will play Katharine and Hero
Flora Spencer-Longhurst will play Katharine/ Hero
© Dan Wooller

Full casting has been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's upcoming productions of Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (more usually called Much Ado About Nothing).

The productions run in rep in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 15 October 2014 to 14 March 2015.

As previously announced, Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry are returning to the RSC to play the lovers in both productions: Berowne and Rosaline, Benedick and Beatrice.

The ensemble cast includes: Sam Alexander, Peter Basham, William Belchambers, Nick Haverson, John Hodgkinson, David Horovitch, Tunji Kasim, Sophie Khan Levy, Oliver Lynes, Emma Manton, Chris McCalphy, Frances McNamee, Peter McGovern, Chris Nayak, Jamie Newall, Roderick Smith, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Harry Waller, Thomas Wheatley and Leah Whitaker.

Christopher Luscombe makes his RSC directorial debut having last appeared with the company as an actor in 1998.

The productions will be broadcast live to cinemas on 11 February 2015 (Love's Labour's Lost) and 4 March 2015 (Love Labour's Won).



In other casting news:

  • The cast for Nicolas Kent's production of Rashid Razaq's new play The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes at the Arcola Theatre (23 July-16 August 2014) are: Caroline Langrishe (Lydia King), Sara Bahadori (Case Worker/Sahar Husain) and Selva Rasalingam (Kevin/Khaled Al Hamrani), who join the previously announced Nabil Elouahabi (Carlos Fuentes).

  • Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies) and Joe McGann (Calendar Girls, The Upper Hand) will star in a revival of John Godber's bittersweet comedy April in Paris, which is touring the UK from 27 June. The productions opens at Derby Theatre and visits Brighton, Woking, Aylesbury, Malvern, Bromley, Glasgow, Crewe, Manchester, Richmond, Chesterfield, New Brighton, Dundee and Coventry.