Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for Caroline Byrne’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Featuring an all Irish company, the production marks the centenary of the Easter Rising by revisiting 1916 Ireland and remembering the role of women in the fight for independence. Encapsulating the rebellious spirit, Katherine will be played by Kathy Rose O’Brien, and Edward MacLiam will play Petruchio.
Kathy Rose O’Brien came to prominence with roles in The Birthday Party (Bristol Old Vic) and Leaves (Druid Theatre Co and Royal Court), the latter earning her an Irish Theatre Award nomination from The Irish Times. Her recent stage work includes Baddies the Musical (Unicorn Theatre), In Skagway (Arcola Theatre) and Bedroom Farce (Gate Theatre). In television, she is best known for her roles in Whistleblower(RTE), Chasing Shadows (ITV) and Inspector George Gently (BBC).
Edward MacLiam will play Petruchio. Edward is best known for his screen work, including Angel, Run and Jump, for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor from the Irish Film & Television Academy 2014, and the recurring role of Greg Douglas in BBC One’s Holby City. Other recent television includes Ordinary Lies(BBC), Cucumber (Channel 4), DCI Banks (ITV), The Turn of the Screw (BBC) and EastEnders (BBC). In theatre, Edward’s last Globe performance was in 2008, when he took the roles of Philippe in Liberty and Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other theatre includes Deluge (Hampstead Theatre) and Terra (King’s Head Theatre).
Imogen Doel with play Tranio, having recently starred as Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End, receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play in the WhatsOnStage Awards 2016. Other recent stage credits include In the Vale of Health at the Hampstead Theatre, and Serpent’s Tooth at the Almeida. Imogen has worked extensively at the Royal Court, in productions including Gastronauts, Primetime, Collaboration and Narrative. With the RSC, credits include Marat/Sade and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has appeared in Coming Up… Call it a Night and Misfits (Channel 4). Bianca will be played by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman. Genevieve’s recent theatre appearances include You Never Can Tell and Pride & Prejudice at the Gate Theatre. She wrote and starred in Pondling (Dublin Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, 59E59 in New York), for which she won the Best Actress award at the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival and the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Lucentio will be played by Aaron Heffernan, who has appeared frequently in productions at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin including The Importance of Being Earnest, Tiny Dynamite, Tender Napalm, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also starred in The Threepenny Opera at the Gate Theatre. His film appearances include Alpha Papa: The Alan Partridge Movie and he had a recurring role in acclaimed Irish gangland drama Love/Hate. He founded Collapsing Horse Theatre Company with fellow Irish actor Jack Gleeson, and is one third of critically acclaimed sketch comedy trio ‘A Betrayal of Penguins’, who had three sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. Helen Norton will play Grumio. Helen’s stage credits include The Flamboyant Bird (Dublin Fringe Festival), The Comedy of Errors (Abbey Theatre) and Tarry Flynn (Abbey Theatre and National Theatre). On screen, Helen is best known for her roles in Penny Dreadful and The Borgias (both Showtime), Veronica Guerin, Cracks, Ondine and Ella Enchanted.
Director Caroline Byrne was previously Associate Director at the Gate Theatre. Her recent credits include Parallel Macbeth (Young Vic), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre) and Macbeth (Chapter Arts). She has also directed shows at the Bush Theatre, Project Theatre Dublin, and RSC Education.
The full cast comprises Amy Conroy, Louis Dempsey, Imogen Doel, Sean Fox, Colm Gormley, Aaron Heffernan, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Raymond Keane, Gary Lilburn, Molly Logan, Edward MacLiam, Helen Norton, Kathy Rose O’Brien, and Ayoola Smart.