Matthew Lloyd-Davies – The Morning After

Matt co-stars as eccentric uncle Martin in Peter Quilter & Andrew Beckett’s The Morning After running at the Above the Stag Theatre from the 22nd of January until the 1st of March.

Written by the man behind the play End of the Rainbow which was recently adapted into the award-nominated biopic Judy starring Renee Zellweger, this modern-day updating of the old-school farce is sweet sexy and gloriously silly.

Directed by the venue’s artistic director Andrew Beckett, who also directed Above the Stag’s Offie Award-winning Grindr: The Opera, The Morning After tells the story of Thomas as he wakes up surprised, naked, and in another man’s bed as the memories of the previous night come flooding back – when the man’s mother surges into the bedroom to join them for breakfast in bed!

This marks the first sign that this pretty young boy’s family doesn’t do all that privacy nonsense. Or, as it turns out, goodbyes…

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Boris Heistand – Bulletproof

Boris guest-stars as Dutch police officer Hans across 2 episodes of  Season 2 of Sky One’s Bulletproof  on air from March 20th.

Starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, it follows two NCA detectives and best friends Aaron Bishop and Ronnie Pike Jr. who investigate some of the country’s most dangerous and notorious criminals including traffickers, drug dealers and armed robbers, all while being watched with a careful eye by their boss Sarah Tanner (played by Lindsey Coulson)

Hans is a straight shooting, straight talking Dutch police officer, intent on bringing guilty parties to justice. He is tech savvy and professional, but just as physically capable when called into action.

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Reice Weathers – Upstart Crow

Reice will be making his West End Debut in Ben Elton’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC sitcom Upstart Crow running at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from the 7th of February to the 25th of April. 

Featuring an entirely brand-new storyline written for the stage by one of the great veterans of British comedy, it will be directed by Multiple Olivier Award nominee and winner Sean Foley and will feature David Mitchell as ‘The Immortal Bard’ William Shakespeare and co-star Gemma Whelan (AKA Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones) as Kate. 

The name “Upstart Crow” originates from a pamphlet written by a rival author of Shakespeare’s by the name of Robert Greene.

A successful dramatist in his own right, Greene is considered one of first known professional playwrights and his work is often seen as having directly influenced Shakespeare’s writing.

In this tract entitled Greene’s Groats-Worth of Wit printed after his death in 1592, he scathingly critiques Shakespeare calling him “An upstart crow, beautified with our feathers” and “an absolute Johannes fac totum“, calling him a jack of all trades but a master of none (literally translating to ‘Johnny do-it-all’).

By this time Shakespeare, at the age of 28, may have already penned The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Richard III and Henry VI Parts 1,2 & 3 and had moved from his then-backwater hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon to London to work as a playwright and actor.

Clearly this would-be dramatist from rural Warwickshire was ruffling feathers within the university-educated establishment, of which Greene was a card-carrying member. Greene gained degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge whilst Shakespeare’s only formal education as at King’s New School in Stratford, his local grammar school.

Shakespeare would get his revenge on Greene with some experts speculating that, with his colourful and irresponsible character, Greene may have been the inspiration behind Shakespeare’s boastful, buffoonish and yellow-bellied knight Falstaff. 

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Cary Crankson – Death of England

Cary will be understudying Rafe Spall in the one-man play Death of England, performing at The National’s Dorfman Theatre from the 31st of January until the 7th of March. 

Written by Clint Dyer & Roy Williams and directed by Dyer, his brand new play tells the story of Michael who, after the death of his father, is left feeling angry and powerless. 

In this crisis, Michael confronts difficult truths about his father’s legacy and the country that shaped him.

At his father’s funeral Michael decides, completely unannounced and entirely unprepared, that it’s finally time to speak.

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