Full cast announced for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Hammersmith production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM by William Shakespeare Created by Filter Directed by Sean Holmes Designed by Hyemi Shin, winner of the Linbury Prize Lighting by Oliver Fenwick Sound design and original music by Tom Haines and Chris Branch

Full casting has been announced for the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, co-directed by Sean Holmes and Stef O’Driscoll. Jonathan Broadbent, Ed Gaughan, John Lightbody, Victoria Moseley and Ferdy Roberts return to the cast and they will be joined by Hammed Animashaun, Andrew Buckley, Clare Dunne and Cat Simmons.

Following the production’s critically acclaimed run in 2012 at the Lyric Hammersmith, this riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays returns for four weeks only. Featuring music from The London Snorkelling Team performed by Chris Branch and Keith de Barra, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.


Hammed Animashaun’s theatre credits for the Lyric include Bugsy Malone, Mogadishu, Secret Theatre, Aladdin and Cinderella. Other theatre credits include Measure for Measure (Young Vic); Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Boy Who Fell into a Book (Soho Theatre); Hate/ La Haine (Barbican) and 7 New Plays (National Theatre Studio). Hammed has appeared on film in The Ellington Kid, and on television in Deadbeats.

Jonathan Broadbent’s theatre credits for the Lyric include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ghost Stories and Three Sisters. Other theatre credits include Queen Anne, Love for Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC); My Night with Reg (Apollo/Donmar Warehouse); Grand Guignol (Southwark Playhouse); Hamlet (Rose Theatre); Damned by Despair and Peter Pan (National Theatre). His film and television credits include The Magic Flute, As You Like It and Silent Witness.

Andrew Buckley’s theatre credits include Saints and Superheroes (Battersea Arts Centre/UK Tour); Carver (Arcola Theatre); Fat Hamlet (Loitering with Intent); Pinocchio (Wilde Theatre) and Dreams of Anne Frank (Contraband Theatre Company). Andrew is well known for his role in Skeletons, in which he starred alongside Ed Gaughan. Further film credits include His Heavy Heart, The Hoarder, Jimmy’s End, Closer To The Moon and All Is By My Side.

Clare Dunne’s theatre credits for the Lyric Hammersmith include Three Sisters. Clare recently appeared in Henry IV for the Donmar Warehouse/St Ann’s Warehouse. Her other theatre credits include Grounded (Tiger Dublin Fringe); 24 Hour Plays, Major Barbara (Abbey Theatre); Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse) and Detroit, Juno & The Paycock (National Theatre). Clare has also appeared on film in The Cherishing, Outside and Monged. Radio credits include On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Ed Gaughan’s theatre credits for the Lyric include Herons, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Island and Radioplay. Other theatre credits include The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange); The Shed (Fuel/London Snorkelling Team) and Masque of the Red Death (Punchdrunk). Ed is also known for Skeletons on television, which was nominated for a BAFTA award. Ed is a consultant and director for UK comics Josie Long and Milton Jones.

John Lightbody’s theatre credits for the Lyric include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ghost Stories and Three Sisters. Other theatre credits include Microcosm (Soho Theatre); Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Richard III (Southwark Playhouse); As You Like It (National Theatre), as well as numerous productions for the RSC and West Yorkshire Playhouse. John has also appeared on film in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

Victoria Moseley’s theatre credits for the Lyric Hammersmith include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Water. Other theatre credits include Beyond Caring (National Theatre Shed/The Yard); Macbeth, Faster (Filter); From Morning to Midnight, His Dark Materials (National Theatre); The Simple Things in Life – winner Herald Angel Awards 2011 (Fuel); Twelfth Night (Filter/ Tricycle). Victoria has also appeared on screen in War Horse Prom, What You Will, Doctors, Merseybeat, The Whistle Blower, Mindblowing and Jo-90.

Ferdy Roberts is Co-Artistic Director of Filter Theatre and an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. Ferdy’s theatre credits for the Lyric Hammersmith include Three Kingdoms, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters and Water. Ferdy’s Filter credits include Macbeth, Twelfth Night (Tricycle); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre) and Faster (London/New York). Ferdy has also appeared in Lampedusa (Soho/Hightide); Shakespeare In Love (Noel Coward) and Wallenstein (Chichester Festival Theatre). His film and television credits include What You Will, Mr Nice and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Cat Simmons’ theatre credits include Hopelessly Devoted (Tricycle Theatre/UK Tour); Whistle
Down The Wind (Aldwych Theatre); Simply Heavenly, Been So Long, Arthur Darvill (Young
Vic) and Coming Home (Arcola). Cat is well known for her role as DC Kezia Walker in The Bill,
and for starring in Family Affairs as Scarlett Anderson.

Fri 19 February – Sat 19 March 2016

For more information visit www.lyric.co.uk

Photo: Keith Pattison