Meet the cast of The Spanish Golden Age Season

Posted on 21 February 2014

The Spanish Golden Age Season at the Belgrade Theatre sees one company of ten actors take on three incredible plays from Weds 26 March – Sat 19 April.

Find out more about the cast below and see their headshots in the images gallery on the right.

The cast includes Simon Scardifield who Belgrade drama aficionados will recognise from our production of Sons Without Fathers which was part of our Spring 2013 Season. He has also previously performed as part of all-male Shakespeare company Propeller, in productions of The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night. Simon takes on three roles, Liseo, Don Juan and Batin across the three plays.

Doug Rao also joins the cast as Leandro, Feniso & Pedro and Don Martin and Carlos. Doug has recently moved back to the UK from Los Angeles where he did television work including Colombiana and NCIS: Los Angeles for CBS. Prior to that, he has performed in numerous plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in Death of a Salesman for the Birmingham Rep.

Playing the characters of Finea, Clelia, Valdiviesa & Aguilara and Cassandra is actress Frances McNamee. Frances was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary during her time at East 15 Acting School and has since been involved in the development of several new musicals. She has also appeared in productions of The Phoenix of Madrid and The Surprise of Love for Theatre Royal Bath.

Annie Hemingway is taking on the roles of Celia, Doña Clara and Lucrecia. Having trained at RADA, she has gone on to perform in many productions including a tour of She Stoops to Conquer for the Birmingham Rep Theatre. She has also worked extensively as a voice-over artist for the BBC and AudioGo.

William Hoyland, who will play Otavio, Don Pedro and Duke, has an impressive history of theatre productions behind him including Betrayal and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for Theatre Royal Bath. You may also recognise William as a familiar face in television, having played Lord Justice Golding in The Thick of It, Admiral Green in The Hour, Superintendent Rathbone in Life on Mars.

Katie Lightfoot, playing Nise, Doña Ines and Aurora, trained at RADA and closer to home, at the University of Birmingham. She has also performed in numerous plays for Theatre Royal Bath including Abigail’s Party, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and Pride and Prejudice.

Also making up the Spanish Golden Age cast is Chris Andrew Mellon, taking on the roles of Turin & Duardo, Quintana and Ricardo & Rutillio. Chris studied at New York University, Circle in the Square Theatre School and Central School of Speech and Drama. He has gone on to perform in many West End roles such as Sebastian in The Tempest and The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Jim Bywater will play the roles of Miseno, Rufino & Dance Master, Caramanchel & Don Diego and Febo. Jim’s theatrical career as actor/musician/writer/director began in 1968 in the education department at the Bolton Octagon. Since then, he’s performed on many stages including the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Arcola Theatre.

Aberystwyth actress Hedydd Dylan will be playing the roles of Clara, Doña Juana and Cintia. Hedydd trained at RADA and went on to win an Ian Charleson award for her performance in Pygmalion for Clwyd Theatr Cymru where she is an Associate Actress. For Clwyd Theatr Cymru she has also appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It and Kate in The Taming of The Shrew.

Finally, Nick Barber will be filling the roles of Laurencio, Ossorio & Bailiff and Federico. Nick has performed in previous productions of Blood and Gifts for the National Theatre, The Canterbury Tales for the RSC and His Dark Materials for the Birmingham Rep.

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