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Rose Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse Theatres in Association with Swinging the Lens present RICHARD III directed by and starring Adjoa Andoh

Rose Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse Theatres in Association with Swinging the Lens present RICHARD III directed by and starring Adjoa Andoh

Rose Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres in association with Swinging The Lens announce full casting and further creative team for William Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by and starring Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury in #Bridgerton).

The Casting Director is Sam Jones CDG. Joining Andoh, who plays Richard, are Antonie Azor (Ratcliffe), Clive Brill (Hastings), Harry Clarke (Catesby), Sam Cox (Stanley), Josh Day (Dorset/Edward, Son of Clarence/Prince Edward/York(Puppet)/Captain Blunt), Daniel Hawksford (Brackenbury/Edward IV/Richmond), Liz Kettle (Queen Margaret), Joseph Kloska (Buckingham), Robin Morrissey (Rivers/Cardinal Bouchier/Oxford), Caroline Parker (Elizabeth, Duchess of York), Oliver Ryan (Clarence/Archbishop/Mayor/Norfolk), Rachel Sanders (Elizabeth Woodville), and Phoebe Shepherd (Lady Anne). Richard III runs from 6 – 22 April 2023 at Liverpool Playhouse and at Rose Theatre from 26 April – 13 May 2023.

The creative team includes Yeofi Andoh (Composer & MD), Amelia Jane Hankin (Set Designer), Maybelle Laye (Costume Designer), Chris Davey (Lighting Designer), Benjamin Grant (Sound Designer), Jack Murphy (Movement Director), Sam Jones CDG (Casting Director), Harriett O’Grady (Assistant Director), Nicole Alphonce (Assistant Movement Director & Fight Director), Mervyn Millar, Maia Kirkman-Richards and Tracy Waller for Significant Object (Puppetry), Jeannette Nelson (Voice Coach), Shereen Ibrahim (Dialect Coach), and Simon Trinder (Text Consultant). The production team includes Dan Rainsford (Production Manager), Fahmida Bahkt (Props Supervisor), and Jacqui Davis (Costume Supervisor).

Adjoa Andoh directs and stars in RICHARD III

Following her critically-acclaimed production of Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe, Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury in Bridgerton) returns to the stage to direct and star as Shakespeare’s iconic antihero, Richard III.

A tale of ambition and manipulation, Richard III charts the rise of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, as he deceives and murders anyone who stands in his path to becoming King.

Reflecting on her own childhood in rural England in the 1960s, Adjoa Andoh sets out to explore how pathologising the body and ascribing evil intent due to a person’s physical appearance can wear away at the soul.

This fresh staging asks the question: what happens when the person who is punched down upon, punches up?

MEET THE COMPANY                                                                                                                            

Director & Richard III

One of Britain’s leading actors, Adjoa Andoh won global acclaim as Lady Danbury in the Netflix smash Bridgerton – a role that has seen her nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the NAACP Image Awards. On the small screen in 2020, she was spellbinding as Dr Isaacs in the psychological thriller Fractured, as well playing tough cop DI Nina Rosen in BBC1’s Silent Witness. The end of 2021 saw her star as Nenneke in the Netflix blockbuster fantasy drama, The Witcher. Many other television appearances include regulars in Dr Who, Casualty and Law & Order UK. And 2023 is set to be an exciting year as she makes her prequel debut as Lady Danbury in the upcoming Netflix/Shondaland collaboration Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, as well as both directing and starring in a new theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Richard lll.

A renowned stage actor, Adjoa has been celebrated for lead roles at the National Theatre, including Condoleezza Rice in Stuff Happens, and Serafina Pekkala in His Dark Materials. Also, the Royal Shakespeare Company where she played Portia in Julius Caesar, (which transferred to the West End and played New York and Moscow), Ulysses in Troilus & Cressida, and Helen of Troy in The Odyssey. And in 2019 she conceived, co-directed, and played Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the UK’s first all women-of-colour production.

Adjoa made her Hollywood debut in 2009, starring alongside Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s biographical sports film Invictus. Other film appearances include Adulthood, Brotherhood, and I Is A Long Memoried Woman. She’s also been a BBC radio actor for 30 years and is an award-winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks.

Adjoa Andoh is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Senior Associate Artist at The Bush Theatre. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, British Shakespeare Association, Rose Bruford College, Arts University Bournemouth and the Shakespeare Association of America. She was appointed as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre (University of Oxford) for 2022/23, and has recently been announced as a judge for the Booker Prize, 2023.

Adjoa is a proud patron of the Fairtrade Foundation and Tree Aid.

Swinging The Lens, the production company Adjoa co-directs with publicist Juanne Fuller, is proud to co-produce this show.


Richard III is Antonie’s professional theatre debut. 

Since graduating from Rose Bruford, Antonie has toured the UK with Performance in Education with their productions of Abbie Ayre and Captain Callie.


Clive’s theatre credits include: Dr Myers in Ron Hutchinson’s Ghosts of the Titanic (Park Theatre), Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Art, The Deep Blue Sea, Yes Prime Minister and The Memory of Water (Frinton Summer Theatre).

Clive’s television credits include regular appearances as Sir Percy in G.F. Newman’s Judge John Deed (BBC).

He has an extensive career as an award-winning producer of Radio Drama for the BBC including programmes such as Believe it starring Richard Wilson and G F Newman’s The Corrupted starring Toby Jones. He has won a BAFTA for producing The Healer and an Audie for producing and directing The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare. He is Producer and Artistic Director of Frinton Summer Theatre.


Training: Rose Bruford

Credits: As You Like It, Macbeth (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men UK and European Tours); Charley Wykeham in Charley’s Aunt (Sidmouth REP Play Festival); Cinderella, Robin Hood (The Core Theatre, Solihull); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Immersion Theatre UK Tour); Right from the Start (Tristan Bates Theatre).

SAM COX           

Theatre includes: The Visit, Oedipus, The UN Inspector (National Theatre), Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Henry V, The Tempest, Gabriel, Julius Caesar, Doctor Scroggys’ War, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Woman of No Importance, Arcadia (West End), Haunting Julia (Hornchurch), Jekyll & Hyde (Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Man, My Dad’s A Birdman, Macbeth, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (Young Vic), The Crucible (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Twits (Royal Court), The Trojan Woman (Gate), Lovesong (Frantic Assembly), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Inherit The Wind (Old Vic), Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Headlong UK Tour/Soho Theatre),  So Close to Home (Arcola), God in Ruins, Macbeth, King John, Henry V, Romeo And Juliet, Richard II, Troilus And Cressida (RSC), Shrieks of Laughter (Soho Theatre), Tintin (Barbican), Festen (Almeida/West End), Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance  (Oxford Stage Company), Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic), Arabian Night (ATC/Soho), The Power of Darkness, The Revengers Tragedy (Orange Tree), Sweet Dreams  (Sphinx Theatre Company), A Doll’s House (Birmingham Rep), Uncle Silas (Lyric Hammersmith/Tour), Dearly Beloved (Hampstead/Tour), A Bright Room Called Day (Bush), Insignificance and The Ruling Class (Liverpool Playhouse).

Television includes: The Trick, The Singapore Grip, Holby City, Casualty, Father Brown, Borgia, New Tricks, The Commander, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Doctor Who, The Last Will & Testament of Billy Two Sheds, The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, The Wings Of AngelsPeak Practice, Crime Traveller, Madson, Back Up, Prime Suspect, Kavanagh QC, The Chief, Dandelion Dead, Foreign Affairs, The Orchid House, Die Kinder, Bergerac, Blind Justice, Dead Head, The Chinese Detective.

Film includes: The Thin Man, Waiting For You, King of Soho, Anna Karenina, Agora, Hippie Hippie Shake, Double Heartbeat.

JOSH DAY           
Dorset/Edward, Son of Clarence/Prince Edward/York(Puppet)/Captain Blunt

Richard III is Josh’s professional theatre debut.

A graduate in Musical Theatre from Performers College, Josh is set to graduate with a Masters in Acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School later this year.

His recent Film and TV work includes The Ballad of Renegade Nell, an upcoming Disney series, and Two Alone, a short film in production at Bristol Old Vic. 

Brackenbury/Edward IV/Richmond

Theatre includes: Dmitry (Marylebone Theatre), A Pretty Sh*tty Love (Theatre Clwyd), Troilus and Cressida (RSC), Swansea’s Three Day Blitz (Grand Theatre Swansea), Crouch Touch Pause Engage (National Theatre of Wales/Out of Joint), Illiad (National Theatre of Wales), The Distance (Revival) (Sheffield Crucible/Orange Tree Theatre), Arms and the Man (Theatre Clwyd), The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre of Wales and Neon Neon), Macbeth (Pontardawe Arts Centre), Macbeth (Globe Theatre), The Bible (Globe Theatre), The Dark Philosophers (National Theatre of Wales/Told by an Idiot), Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep), Judgement Day (Almeida Theatre), King Lear (South Bank), Memory (Clwyd Theatre/Pleasance Theatre), The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (Royal National Theatre), Acqua Nero (Sgript Cymru), Memory (Clwyd Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The City of London Sinfonia), Jackets (Young Vic), The Pull of Negative Gravity (Colchester Mercury/59 E 59 Theatre New York), Troilus and Cressida (Clwyd Theatre), The Pull of Negative Gravity (Colchester Mercury Theatre), Cymbeline (RSC), The School of Night (RSC), The Taming of the Shrew (Colchester Mercury Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Exeter Northcott Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Clwyd Theatre), Lunch (Islington King’s Head Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Clwyd Theatre).

Television includes: Hard Cell (Netflix), Halo (Showtime/Amblin), Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures for Channel 4), Father Brown (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Hetty Feather (BBC), Waking the Dead (BBC), Colditz (Granada)

Film: Pelican Blood (Ecosse Films), Little White Lies (Red and Black Films)

LIZ KETTLE         
Queen Margaret

Theatre credits include: Carlin in Macbeth – An Undoing (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), The Girl on the Sofa (Royal Lyceum / Berlin Schaubühne / Thomas Ostermeier), Henry VI (RSC / World Tour), Caliban in The Tempest (Tron Glasgow), Waves, The Seagull, Attempts On Her Life (Royal National Theatre, National European Tour & Broadway), Catch 22 (Northern Stage), TRUTH – Song Theatre (National Tour), Richard III, Taming of the Shrew (Globe Theatre), Iphigenia in Aulis (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Laertes in The Roaring Girl’s Hamlet (Sphinx Theatre Co.), Plasticine (Royal Court), Antonio in Storm (Schauspiel Köln Cologne, Hamburg)

Film, TV & Radio credits include: Unforgotten IV, The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton, Doctors (BBC), Fracture (20th Century Digital / Disney), Honoria Glossop in Jeeves & Wooster, Inspector Morse, Rosemary & Thyme, Poirot, Keli (Martin Green / Wils Wilson / Lepus Arts), Between Us (Napier), The Final Journey (John Strickland for Working Title).

JOSEPH KLOSKA              

Joseph trained at RADA.

Film credits include: Peterloo (Thin Man Films) Kaleidoscope (Stigma Films), The Lights (Farrena Films), The Riot Club (Hanway/Blueprint), Cinderella (Disney), The Knot (Deep Water Productions), Jane Eyre (Ruby Films), Made In Dagenham (Number 9), Happy Go Lucky (Thin Man Films), Blooded (Magma). 

Television credits include: Treason (Binocular/Netflix), The Crown S1/S2 (Left Bank/Netflix), Legrand (Atlantique Productions), Tom And Jenny (BBC/Objective Productions), Pete Versus Life S1/S2 (Objective Productions/Channel 4), Foyle’s War S7 (ITV), Larkrise To Candleford (BBC), The Bill (ITV). 

See Also

Theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale (RSC), Imperium (RSC), For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Christmas Truce (RSC), Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible), It Just Stopped (Orange Tree Theatre), Moby-Dick (Simple8), The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari (Simple8), Written On The Heart (RSC), Measure For Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company), The School For Scandal (Barbican Theatre/Holland Festival Amsterdam), The Comedy Of Errors (Regent’s Park Theatre), Three Sisters (Manchester Royal Exchange), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Hampstead Theatre), The Vertical Hour (Royal Court Theatre). 

Joseph’s Radio credits include: Winner, BBC Carleton Hobbs Award. Performed in over 100 plays and readings for BBC Audio Drama including The Brothers Karamazov, Home Front, Cymbeline, King Lear, The Archers, The Battle of San Pietro, Howard’s End, The First Domino and Pilgrim. Other credits include Belgrano (BBC Radio 4), The Mirror And The Light (Penguin Random House) and The Masters of Luxor (Big Finish)

Rivers/Cardinal Bouchier/Oxford

Robin trained at RADA 

His theatre credits include: Deep Blue (Liverpool Everyman), Edmond De Bergerac (Birmingham Rep), The Marlowe Sessions (Malthouse Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Jermyn Street Theatre), Gabriel (Liverpool Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Rose Theatre), North (Kali Theatre), The Waves (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep), Sex and The Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse), The Ballerina (Theatre 503), Juno and The Paycock (Bristol Old Vic), Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman), The Accrington Pals (Manchester Royal Exchange). 

His TV Credits include: The Tower, Home, Apple Tree Yard, Doctors, Little Crackers, Holby City

His Film Credits include: Mindhorn, Who Fired That Cannon, Becoming Geno, Love Bite, Cloud Atlas.

Elizabeth, Duchess of York

Caroline’s Theatre credits include: Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (Ramps on the Moon and Sheffield Crucible). Dottie in The Coming of The Gaels (Milesians). Fagin in Oliver Twist (Ramps on The Moon/Leeds Playhouse) now streaming on NT at Home. Also Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Southwark Theatre).

Caroline’s TV credits include: BBC Moving On, Doctors, Murphy’s Law, Switch. Caroline won 3 Best Actress awards for her role as Mabel Morgan in BSLBT Zone film If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose including at Cannes Film Festival. 

In the cabaret circuit Caroline performs her unique style signed songs, she gave a TEDx talk on ‘Singing Without Her Voice’.  At the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony she signed the closing number ‘I am What I Am’ alongside Beverly Knight.


Oliver’s Theatre includes: A Hero of the People (Sherman Cymru), Dr Faustus/As You Like It/Hamlet/Romeo & Juliet/Julius Caesar/Mort D’Arthur and Mojo (RSC), Memory/Macbeth/One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest/The Crucible/Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead/Arcadia/The Rabbit/King Lear/Afore Night Come/Equus (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Glengarry Glen Ross (West End), The Winters Tale/Eyam (The Globe), Oresteia (Trafalgar Studios), Red Velvet (Kiln/St Ann’s Warehouse NYC), Richard II and Coriolanus (Almeida/NYC/Tokyo).

Oliver’s Television includes: The Steeltown Murders (BBC), Halo (Paramount+), Pennyworth Season 3 (HBO), The Pembrokeshire Murders (ITV), The Accident (Channel 4), Hinterland (BBC4).

Oliver’s Film credits include: Dune, The Last Vermeer, All the Money in the World, Killing me Softly

Elizabeth Woodville

Rachel’s theatre credits include: Macbeth (The National Theatre Tour), The Little Pony (Cervantes Theatre London), The Hartlepool Monkey (Fuel Theatre), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (English Touring Theatre), Jane Wenham (Out of Joint/Watford Palace), War Horse (NT/West End), Romeo and Juliet (Ludlow Festival/Northcott Exeter), Absolute Beginners (Hammersmith Lyric Theatre), Top Girls (Watford Palace/Greenwich), The Romans In Britain (Sheffield Crucible), Osama The Hero (Hampstead Theatre), A Single Act (Hampstead Theatre), Cariad (Operating Theatre Co), His Dark Materials (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre), Revelations (Hampstead Theatre), Richard III (Globe Theatre), Taming of The Shrew (Globe Theatre), The Four Seasons (Theatr Clwyd), Valentine (Operating Theatre Co), A Servant To Two Masters (RSC/Young Vic/World Tour), Mother Courage and Her Children (West End/World Tour/Shared Experience), Silence (Birmingham Rep), The Journey Of Mary Kelly (Theatr Clwyd), The Farmers Bride (Wild Iris/Scarborough), The Tempest (Shared Experience/World Tour), Romeo & Juliet, Faust, Richard III (RSC) and Rosa Carnivora (Arts Threshold).

Rachel’s television credits include: Doctors (BBC), The Bill (Talkback Thames), Dream Team (Hewland International), The Wyvern Mystery (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV) and Picking Up the Pieces (Carlton Television).

Lady Anne

Phoebe’s theatre credits include: Goodbye Kiss (Kevin Lee Theatre), First Sight (Drayton Arms Theatre), Lolly and Lucinda and What They Were Wearing (The Bomb Factory Theatre), As You Like It (Beacon Hill Cottage), Boudica, The Apartment, Measure for Measure (Rose Bruford).

Phoebe also recently finished filming for The Toys That Built America (October Films).

Rose Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres in association with Swinging the Lens BOOK TICKETS

6 – 22 April 2023 at Liverpool Playhouse

26 April – 13 May 2023 at Rose Theatre