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CAST 2016:

as you like it

 

ABOUT CAST

Welcome to the website for the Cambridge American Stage Tour! Keep checking back for photos from rehearsals and the tour, and for tour updates!

CAST, established under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench in 2000, is one of the major international theatre tours of the University of Cambridge. It aims to bring the work of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the eastern United States.

Now in its seventeenth year, Cambridge University’s largest international tour show has been performing to packed houses and critical acclaim since 2000. Each September, Cambridge’s most talented actors, directors, designers and technicians travel across the Atlantic to bring a Shakespeare play to colleges, high schools and professional theatres. This year’s production of As You Like It will be directed by Marthe de Ferrer.

CAST is increasingly renowned as a showcase of the leading dramatic talent in Cambridge, including countless actors and directors about to enter the world of professional theatre. Many past directors of CAST have gone on to successful careers in theatre directing.

 

 

"All the world's a stage, And All the men and women merely players..."

Duke Frederick has usurped and exiled his brother Duke Ferdinand. Oliver de Boys is plotting against his brother Orlando's life. Rosalind has disguised herself as a man, and run off into the Forest of Ardenne alongside her cousin Celia. Jacques is meta-theatrically moping around the stage. Touchstone is trying desperately to herd goats. Silvius is being shunned by everyone he meets. Amiens's throat hurts. Shakespeare's early comedy takes us into a world of mistaken identities, murderous plots, cross-dressing, pastoral love, and wrestling.

With a modern, gender-bending, bohemian aesthetic, live music, and a lot of ribbons, CAST 2016 brings one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies to the stage. Join us under the Greenwood tree.

 

Venues and Tickets

Straight from Cambridge University, CAST has been crossing the Atlantic annually for nearly 17 years to tour up and down the east coast of the USA. 2016 is no exception. This year we are excited to be visiting the Cayman Islands for the first time, kindly hosted by the Cayman Drama Society

 

PREVIEWS

Ely Cathedral, Ely, UK
Wednesday 24 August, 7.30pm

ADC Theatre, Cambridge, UK
Thursday 25 August, 7.45pm

 

TOUR DATES

The Prospect Playhouse, Grand Cayman
Friday 2 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 3 September, 7.30pm
Sunday 4 September, 5pm
Monday 5 September, 7.30pm

Saint Edward's School, Vero Beach, Florida
Thursday 8 September, 7pm

Sebastian River High School, Sebastian, Florida
Friday 9 September, 1pm

Andrew College, Cuthbert, Georgia
Monday 12 September, 7pm

Hammond School, Columbia, South Carolina
Wednesday 14 September, 7pm

Cottingham Theatre, Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina
Thursday 15 September, 7.30pm

The Theatre, Washington, Virginia
Saturday 17 September, 8pm
Sunday 18 September, 3pm

Performing Arts Center, Pealer Recital Hall, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland
Tuesday 20 September, 7.30pm

Harrisburg Academy, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Thursday 22 September, 6pm

Stratford Shakespeare Academy, Stratford, Connecticut
Saturday 24 September, 7pm

Stratford High School, Stratford, Connecticut
Monday 26 September, 9am

 

HOME RUN

ADC Theatre, Cambridge, UK
Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 October, 7.45pm
Saturday 8 October, 2.30pm
 

Ticketing information coming soon!

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PRESS

Previous praise for the 2016 cast & crew:

“The magnificent direction of Marthe de Ferrer resulted in high-brow and powerful acting on stage, which in turn brought to life an already challenging script”

"The show was well and truly stolen by Joe Pitts"

"Confident, stylish and breathtaking"

"The most captivating performance, though, comes from Ben Walsh"

"Seriously top-quality acting, slick professionalism and innovative staging"

"Malone provides a measured, controlled, and skilful performance"

"Alice Carlill was fantastically charismatic"

2015 tour:

"Well-crafted for any audience, on either side of the pond...impressively visual performances, which aid in making the language accessible to audiences of all experience levels."

"A must-see for fans...prepared for months, this production is polished and perfected."

☆☆☆☆☆ Varsity

"Under the directorship of Kennedy Bloomer, 9 cast members delivered Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ in Ely Cathedral on Thursday night, revelling in the frolics and trickery with tremendous enthusiasm and energy."

Ely Cathedral Preview Review, August 2015

Photo blog from 2015 dress rehearsal

2014 tour:

"The production is clever, energetic and, unlike many versions of Shakespeare’s comedies, hilarious."

"A triumph, with the cast and creatives showing real promise."

☆☆☆☆☆ Tab

"Polished and confident"

"great attention to detail and consistency"

☆☆☆☆☆ Varsity

2013 tour: 

"The staging of the show is a standalone star" 

"Parham's direction sees lines renovated with comic twists, artfully timed deliveries creating meaningful new angles on traditional speeches"

☆☆☆☆ CTR

"characters simmered with richness and merriment"

"tremendously nuanced"

☆☆☆☆☆ Varsity

 

 

THE CAST OF CAST

We are delighted to announce our casting for this year's CAST! 

ROSALIND - Amy Malone

ORLANDO - Joe Pitts

DUKE FERDINAND/DUKE FREDERICK - Ben Walsh

PHEBE/JAQUES - Lily Lindon

CELIA - Alice Carlill

TOUCHSTONE - Ryan Monk

ADAM/SILVIUS - Adam Mirsky

AUDREY/AMIENS/LE BEAU - Megan Gilbert

OLIVER/CORIN - Alasdair McNab

 

The cREW of cast

 

Meet the production team...


TOUR MANAGER - Louisa Dales & Josie Wastell

DIRECTOR - Marthe de Ferrer

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Hannah Sands

EDUCATION OFFICER - Abigail Smith

COMPOSER/MUSICAL DIRECTOR - Jamie Fenton

PRODUCTION MANAGER - Sheanna Patel

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Eleanor Mitchell & Abigail Smith

LIGHTING DESIGNER - Sam Payne & Jamie Fenton

STAGE MANAGER - Eleanor Mitchell

 

PREVIOUS CAST PRODUCTIONS

2015 - The Taming of the Shrew

2014 - Much Ado About Nothing

2013 - Measure for Measure

2012 - Antony & Cleopatra

2011 - Macbeth

2010 - The Tempest

2009 - Two Gentlemen of Verona

2008 - Henry V

2007 - The Winter's Tale

2006 - Twelfth Night

2005 - Much Ado About Nothing

2004 - As You Like It

2003 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

2002 - The Comedy of Errors

2001 - Romeo and Juliet

2000 - Hamlet

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