Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have confirmed full casting for Romeo and Juliet, which opens the 2021 season on Thursday 17 June. Joining the already announced Isabel Adomakoh Young (Juliet) and Joel MacCormack (Romeo), are Cavan Clarke (Mercutio), Emma Cunniffe (Nurse), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Friar Lawrence) and Michelle Fox (Tybalt).

Also confirmed are Aretha Ayeh (Benvolia), Ellie Beavan (Lady Capulet), Tom Claxton (Peter), Ryan Ellsworth (Lord Montague), Andrew French (Lord Capulet), Sarah Hoare (Gregora/Apothacary), Irvine Iqbal (Prince Escalus), Richard Leeming (Paris), Priyank Morjaria (Sampson), Louise Mai Newberry (Lady Montague), Shadee Yaghoubi (Abraham) and Marc Zayat (Balthasar).

Romeo and Juliet is created by Ciaran Bagnall (lighting designer), Christian Bravo* (creative team associate – sound), Stuart Burt (casting director), Naomi Dawson (designer), Catja Hamilton* (creative team associate – lighting), Barbara Houseman (season associate director/voice and text director), Fiona Kennedy* (creative team associate – voice), Ingrid Mackinnon (movement director), Kev McCurdy (fight director), Darcel Osei* (creative team associate – movement), Jon Pashley (associate director), Annelie Powell (casting director), Kimberley Sykes (director) and Giles Thomas (sound designer and composer).

* The Open Air Theatre is proud to launch its inaugural Creative Team Associates programme providing opportunities for artists early in their career to broaden their experience making large scale work and be supported and mentored by the season’s lead creatives.


Isabel Adomakoh Young (Juliet) joined the RSC for the 2019 Swan Season (Venice PreservedThe Provoked Wife) on completing her training with the NYT Rep. She appeared in Meatballs (Hampstead) and with the acclaimed cabaret company Pecs Drag Kings. As a writer, her trilogy The Lionboy, co-written with her mum under the pseudonym Zizou Corder, has been published in 36 languages and was adapted for the stage by Complicité.

Joel MacCormack’s (Romeo) recent theatre credits include Describe The Night (Hampstead) and, on television, Safe House 2 (ITV). He won the UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Play for Each His Own Wilderness (Orange Tree). Other credits include The Oresteia (Shakespeare’s Globe), Wolf Hall (Company Pictures), and Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg.

Cavan Clarke (Mercutio) previously appeared in Small IslandMy Country and The Plough and the Stars (National), and Wendy and Peter (RSC).

Emma Cunniffe’s (Nurse) previous theatre credits include The Art of Success & The Taste of the Town (Rose, Kingston), Queen Anne (Theatre Royal Haymarket/RSC) and Wendy and Peter (RSC). Television credits include Roadkill (BBC) and The Irregulars (Netflix). Emma previously appeared at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.

Peter Hamilton Dyer (Friar Lawrence) recently appeared in #WeAreArrested (RSC/Arcola), The Last King of Scotland (Sheffield Crucible), A Belly Full (Mill at Sonning), and in numerous productions at Shakespeare’s Globe, including The Comedy of ErrorsTwelfth Night (also Belasco Theatre, New York), Richard III (also Belasco Theatre, New York) and Henry VIII. Television credits include Exterminate all the Brutes (HBO/Velvet Films) and Upstart Crow (BBC).

Michelle Fox’s (Tybalt) recent theatre credits include Armadillo (Yard), Translations and If We Were Older (National) and Medea and King Lear (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include A Very English Scandal, Overshadowed and Casualty.


The 2021 season, which will follow covid-secure procedures for as long as necessary – including an initial 50% reduction to seating capacity – also includes: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (31 July –  25 September) directed by Timothy Sheader; a co-production with Unicorn Theatre of Anansi the Spider (7 – 24 July) directed by Justin Audibert for ages 3-7; and Dragons and Mythical Beasts directed by Derek Bond and Laura Cubitt for ages 3+ (13 August – 5 September).

A series of MOREoutdoor events includes comedy from Aisling Bea, Jimmy Carr, and Luisa Omielan, and Canned Laughter present a comedy fundraiser in support of The Trussell Trust featuring Lolly Adefope, Kemah Bob, Jen Brister, Bridget Christie, Ed Gamble, Rosie Jones, Jamali Maddix, Rose Matafeo, Mawaan Rizwan, and Suzi Ruffell. The Luna Cinema also present a 20th anniversary screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! and a screening of The Shining.

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Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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