Barrie Rutter's Northern Broadsides production marks Henry's Shakespeare debut - the comedian had previously admitted to being "allergic to Shakespeare" - and received a warm critical reception when it premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse back in February (See Review Round-up, 19 Feb 2009).
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Henry is joined in the cast by Conrad Nelson (as Iago) and Jessica Harris (Desdemona), as well as David Beckford (Duke/Gratiano), Matt Connor (Roderigo), Andy Cryer (Montano), Victoria Gee (Bianca), Geoff Leesley (Brabantio), Chris Pearse (Herald), Simon Holland Roberts (Senator/Lodovico), Sara Poyzer (Emilia) and Richard Standing (Cassio). The male parts are cast from members of Broadsides’ long-serving ensemble.
It's presented in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, and continues until 12 December 2009.