Casting announced for Trevor Nunn's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Nunn's production will open at the New Wolsey Theatre in June
Matt Rawle will star as the Fairy King Oberon alongside Fiona Hampton as Fairy Queen Titania. Rawle's theatre credits include Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Theatre) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) whilst Hampton recently appeared in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Both actors will also play the roles of Theseus and Hippolyta respectively.
Taking the roles of the Mechanicals will be Kulvinder Ghir (Goodness Gracious Me, BBC) as Bottom, Harmage Singh Kalirai (The Winter's Tale, Guildford Shakespeare Company) as Peter Quince, Deven Modha (Macbeth, UK tour) as Flute, Saikat Ahamed (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic) as Snout, Minal Patel (As You Like It, Southwark Playhouse) as Snug and Muzz Khan (Behind The Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre) as Starveling.
Making up the play's Athenians are Neerja Naik (How to Hold Your Breath, Leicester Square Theatre) as Hermia, Assad Zaman (Behind The Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre) as Demetrius, Harry Lister Smith (War And Peace, BBC) as Lysander and Imogen Daines (War of the Roses, Kingston) as Helena.
Hermia's father Egeus will be played by Sam Dastor (Yes, Prime Minister, Chichester Festival Theatre, UK tour and West End).
Completing the cast will be Esh Alladi (The House Of Inbetween, Theatre Royal Stratford East) as Puck and Michelle Bishop (Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre). Local performers aged 8-to-13 years will play the fairy children.
Nunn, who is patron of the New Wolsey Theatre, has directed 36 of Shakespeare's 37 plays. Dream will mark his final production.
A Midsummer Night's Dream runs at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich from 16 June to 9 July 2016.