LWL Entertainment Ltd, in association with Theatre N16, are thrilled to announce the cast of Howard Barker’s Gertrude – The Cry, opening at Theatre N16 next month.
“No playwright knows better than Howard Barker of the intimate relationship of sex and death, sin and ecstasy” (Lyn Gardner, in the Guardian, on Gertrude)
The titular Gertrude will be played by Izabella Urbanowicz (Truth and Reconciliation, Royal Court Theatre; The Session, Soho Theatre; Hamlet Peckham, The Bussey Building; What You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Globe; and The Crimson Petal and the White (BBC/Origin Pictures)). She also currently stars in I’m Not Jesus Christ at Theatre N16, and is looking forward to continuing her relationship with the theatre.
Alongside her will be performing: Alexander Hulme (Abominations, Etcetera Theatre, and The Glass Protégé, Park Theatre) as Claudius, Jamie Hutchins (Hello Norma Jeane, Park Theatre) as Hamlet, Stephen Oswald (Nobody’s Business, King’s Head Theatre) as Cascan, LJ Reeves (Antigone, The Hope Theatre) as Ragusa, David Zachary (The Kissing Dance, Ye Olde Rose and Crowne Theatre) as Albert and Liza Keast as Isola, best known for her regular cabaret performances at the Crazy Coqs, the Pheasantry, the Cellar Door, Leicester Square Lounge and the Battersea Barge.
***** “Chris Hislop directs a well-paced and tightly-managed production, enthusiastic in its humour yet showing the discipline needed to keep a free-wheeling script from running disastrously away” (Fringe Guru on More Light)
Combining feminism, sex and objectification into his own take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Howard Barker’s Gertrude is a complicated, challenging and utterly filthy play. Theatre N16 will be playing host to its first major London revival since its premiere in 2002, directed by renowned theatre publicist Chris Hislop, assisted by Kim Southey, and produced by LWL Entertainment Ltd, in association with Theatre N16.
Gertrude – The Cry will be Chris Hislop’s third Shakespeare pastiche/parody directed after Snoo Wilson’s More Light (**** “excellent” What’s On Stage) at the Rose Bankside and Andrew Shepherd’s The Shakespeare Conspiracy (**** “funny, witty, intelligent” Remotegoat) at the Chelsea Theatre.