NEWS: Natasha Barnes, Nathan Amzi and Mark Peachey among new cast for Bard From The Barn

The Barn Theatre have announced the extension and additional cast and creatives for their Shakespeare in lockdown series, Bard From The Barn.

Bard From the Barn Series 2 Official Trailer

The digital theatre series, which reimagines William Shakespeare’s work to a modern-day setting, will now continue running into July 2020 with over 50 cast and creatives joining the series, including thirty-five 3rd Year drama school students.

The new episodes will see West End stars, such as Natasha Barnes (Funny GirlFalsettos), Nathan Amzi (Heathers) and Mark Peachey (Dear Evan Hansen), partner with the third-year students to bring new life to the Bard’s most iconic duologues.

Co-producer Aaron Sidwell (EastEndersHenry V) has said of the extension that “the response to Bard From The Barn has been so incredible that we’ve decided we’re not going to stop there. With our 2nd series Bard From The Barn has become a global creative process with actors joining us from as far as Australia, to work with thirty-five 3rd Year Drama School students.” 

The Barn Theatre’s Artistic Director Iwan Lewis has said that “this series is the epitome of what the Barn Theatre stands for- to bring theatre to new audiences in a fresh, exciting and innovative way. I’m particularly pleased that we are able to create an opportunity for emerging drama school graduates to work with the UK’s leading directors and performers. I hope this will provide them their first step into the industry after their courses and showcases have been cut short due to Covid-19.”

The drama school students come from institutions including ALRA North, ArtsEd, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Drama Studio London, East 15 Acting School, Guildford School of Acting, International College of Musical Theatre, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London College of Music, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Aaron Sidwell also said of the announcement, “Working now in pairs with a director our actors are bringing you a new and fresh look at some of the Bard’s greatest characters. Covering 30 of the Bards plays, every week of the 2nd series will be themed. From Lovers week to Lesser Known Gems week we hope to keep you entertained daily for the next few months!” 

Aaron Sidwell

The actors joining the series are: Laurence Alliston-Greiner, Nathan Amzi (Heathers), Natasha Barnes (Funny Girl, Falsettos), Adam Best (Holby City), Jason Broderick (Wicked), Dougie Carter (Sunset Boulevard), Aamira Challenger (Blithe Spirit), Tom Chapman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Jessica Dennis (The Habit of Art), Henry Douthwaite (Travesties), Emma Drysdale (Goodnight Mr Tom), Eddie Eyre (The Mousetrap), Sarah Finigan (EastEnders), Joe Frost (City of AngelsEvita), Jordan Ginger, Claire-Marie Hall (The Wicker Husband), Katherine Heath (The Mousetrap), Ffion Jolly, Iddon Jones (Wicked), Blioux Kirkby, Elinor Lawless (King Charles III), Zoe Mills, Perry O’Dea (Motown, Young Frankenstein), Mark Peachey (Dear Evan Hansen), Alex Phelps, Marc Rhys, Colin Ryan (My Brilliant Friend, Wendy and Peter Pan), Dan Smith, Jessica Temple (Peter Pan).

The third-year graduates joining the series are: Isabelle Anderson, James Burman, Sam Butters, Matilda Childs, Esmée Cook, Laura Cooper-Jones, Isobel Coward, Ian Dunnett, Doxah Dzidzor, Libbi Fox, Joshua Griffin, Miles Griffin, Evangeline Henderson, Teegan Hurley, Dominic Hyam, Matthew Khan, Meg Lewis, Jordan Leigh McMahon, Mark Milligan, Adam Patient, Patrick Quinn, Andreane Rellou, Alistair Rowley, Warren Sauterelle, Dorothea Sawczuk, Rochelle Soares, Georgina Squires, Holly Sutees-smith Ollie Tennant, Phoebe Townsend, Maxim Uys, Molly Vincent, Charlotte Ware and Ciara Wright.

The directorial team on Bard From The Barn has also expanded with Derek Anderson, Paul Anthoney, Amie Burns Walker, Paul-Ryan Carberry, Charlotte Conquest, Richard Corgan, Scott Ellis, Nick Evans, Richard Fitch, Victoria Gimby, John Greening, Francesca Goodridge, Alastair Knights, Scott Le Crass, Katie-Ann McDonough, Richard Neale, Jonathan O’Boyle, James O’Donnell, Michelle Payne, Dan Phillips, Jack Silver joining Phil Bartlett, Hal Chambers, Jess Daniels, Kirstie Davis, Robert Forknall, Oliver Lynes, David Mercatali, Joseph O’Malley, Joseph Pitcher, Dominic Shaw, Jake Smith and Sean Turner.

The cast join: Tricia Adele-Turner (Dear Evan Hansen), Ryan Bennett (Jersey Boys), Ben Boskovic (Zorro the Musical), Jonathan Bourne (Nativity! The Musical), Dominic Brewer, Jasper Cartwright (War Horse), Alicia CharlesTom Chudley-Evans, Rebecca Crankshaw, Duncan Drury, Colin Elmer, Rosalind Ford (OnceThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Imogen Halsey, Aidan Harkins, Hilary Harwood, David Haydn (Girl from the North CountryKinky Boots), Liam Horrigan (The Play That Goes Wrong), Sarah-Louise Hughes, Max Hutchinson (The Woman in Black), Rebecca Jayne- Davies (Half A SixpenceJersey Boys), Grace Liston, Abigail Mathews, Sophie May Wake (Mr Selfridge), Gillian McCafferty, Stephen Omer, Elin Phillips, Daniella Piper (Bounty Hunters), Matt Ray Brown (The Inheritance), Aaron Sidwell (EastEndersWicked), Adam Sopp (Grange Hill), Bronte Tadman, Sarah Waddell and Jonathan Woolf.

The series, which is co-produced by Hal Chambers, Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, airs on the Barn Theatre’s FacebookYouTube and Instagram channels every weekday at 5pm weekdays and the first phase has featured performances from over 30 performers including Tricia Adele-Turner (Dear Evan Hansen), Max Hutchinson (The Woman in Black) and Jasper Cartwright (War Horse).

The series is production managed by Emma Smith with Benjamin Collins as Lead Editor and sound design by Harry Smith.

The series forms part of the Barn Theatre’s Behind The Barn Door live streaming service. Set up in March, when the theatre had to temporarily close following government guidance, the service includes a full recording of the Barn Theatre’s critically-acclaimed 2019 Built by Barn production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by Hal Chambers and starring Aaron Sidwell (EastEndersWicked) and Lauren Samuels (Bend It Like BeckhamWe Will Rock You).

The Barn Theatre (registered charity no. 1174253), which is facing a loss of £250,000 and possible permanent closure, have launched their SAVE OUR BARN campaign, via their website and social media platforms, to ensure the Barn Theatre’s survival.