Trafalgar Studios Announce Cast and Ticket Release Date For #RichardIII

Photo: ATG
Photo: ATG

We reported last month that Sherlock‘s very own Martin Freeman will be treading the London boards this summer, playing Richard III, and finally we know who else will be joining him, and most importantly when the tickets go on sale.

Richard III is part of the second season of the Trafalgar Studios “Trafalgar Transformed” season, and earlier this morning further casting announcements were made.

The casting choices have made me even more excited for this production which will run from July 1 to September 27.

The two cast members that I am most excited about joining the cast are Gina McKee, and the brilliantly funny Forbes Masson.

Photo: showbizgeek.com
Photo: showbizgeek.com

Gina McKee, who many will remember as Bella in the Richard Curtis smash hit Notting Hill will be playing Queen Elizabeth.  As well as her role in Notting Hill, McKee also starred in hit British Dramas such as Our Friends in the North where her co stars included Christopher Eccleston and Daniel Craig.  She also starred alongside Jeremy Irons in The Borgias.

Photo: twitter/Forbes Masson
Photo: twitter/Forbes Masson

Scottish actor Forbes Masson, who will be playing Hastings, is probably unknown to many, however I have been a fan of Masson for many years.  He first came to my attention way back in the early 1994 when he starred in a Scottish comedy show The High Life.  His co-star in this show was his friend and writing partner Alan Cumming.

Of course, Cumming has become some what of a household name thanks to his roles in The Good Wife, however for me the partnership of Masson and Cumming is unrivaled.  Masson has carved a career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has most recently been touring UK schools in an “original practice” production of The Taming of the Shrew, where Masson played Katherina.

Not only was the casting announcement made this morning, we were also told when the General Tickets go on sale as well.

That’s right, hold on to your hats because Tuesday is going to be a mad one. I know where I will be spending Tuesday morning now, sitting in front of my computer with my fingers and toes crossed that I can get a ticket for what is shaping up to be an awesome production of an awesome play.  It truly is going to be a “glorious summer”.

Kirsty Wallace
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