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Cast announced for tour of RSC's Mad World My Masters

Sean Foley’s production was first seen in Stratford in 2013

Scene from the original production
Scene from the original production
© Manuel Harlan

Casting has been announced for the upcoming tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Touring Theatre's acclaimed production of Thomas Middleton's A Mad World My Masters.

The production, which premiered in Stratford in 2013, is directed by Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, I Can't Sing) and will commence an eight-venue national tour next month, including a run at the Barbican from 29 April to 9 May 2015.

The cast is: Joe Bannister (Dick Follywit), Charlie Archer (Master Whopping Prospect), Ellie Beaven (Mrs Littledick), Ishia Bennison (Mrs Kidman), Christopher Chilton (Constable/Caretaker/Squodge), Ben Deery (Mr Littledick), Dennis Herdman (Penitent Brothel), Linda John Pierre (Singer), Pearl Mackie (Prostitute/Clothes Swap Girl), Lois Meleri-Jones (Prostitute), Lee Mengo (Oboe), Michael Moreland (Sponger), Nicholas Prasad (Master Muchly Minted), Sarah Quist (Waitress/Prostitute /Moka Owner), Ian Redford (Sir Bounteous Peersucker), Sarah Ridgeway (Truly Kidman), David Rubin (Spunky/Detective), Bertie Taylor-Smith (Waiter/Servant) and Jonny Weldon (Waiter/Servant).

The musicians are Candida Caldicot (Musical Director & Keyboard), Thomas Allan (Trumpet), Tom Peverelle (Drums), Ellie Smith (Trombone) and Ayse Osman (Bass).

Foley's production, which is designed by Alice Power, transplants the action of Middleton's Jacobean comedy to the sleazy world of 1950s Soho. The plot centres on dashingly cash-strapped bachelor, Richard Follywit, who's in pursuit of quick cash and a good time.

A Mad World My Masters will visit Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (26 – 28 February), Grand Theatre Blackpool (5 – 7 March), Theatre Royal Brighton (10 – 14 March), Malvern Theatres (24 – 28 March), Hall for Cornwall (31 March – 4 April), Theatre Royal Bath (7 – 11 April), Darlington Civic Theatre (14 – 18 April) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (21 – 25 April), before a limited run at the Barbican (29 April – 9 May).