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Chester’s Storyhouse unveils 26-strong rep company

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New Chester venue Storyhouse has announced casting for its in-house rep company of 26 actors.

The £37 million venue opens its doors in May.

The actors, along with two trainees and three musicians, will perform several shows at the venue, including a new version of The Beggar’s Opera.

This will run in rep with Alice in Wonderland and two Shakespeare plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar.

The cast includes Daniel Goode, Thomas Richardson, Tom Connor, Charlotte Miranda-Smith, Fred Lancaster, Natalie Grady and Adam Keast.

Stephanie Hockley, Meriel Scholfield, Richard Pepper, Christopher Staines, Anne Odeke, Christopher Wright, Baker Mukasa, Charlotte Gorton, Vanessa Schofield and Jonathan Dryden-Taylor also feature.

Other cast members include Nancy Sullivan, Barbara Hockaday, Caolan McCarthy, Alex Mugnaioni, Emily Johnstone, Bianca Stephens, Anna Leang Brophy, Rebecca Birch and James Weaver.

The company also includes two trainee actors making their professional debuts. Alex McGonacle and Olivia Hackman were chosen from Storyhouse’s Young Theatre Company.

The first season runs from May 11 to August 27.

Storyhouse artistic director Alex Clifton said: “Thirty-one performers join Storyhouse and make the largest rep company in the UK outside the RSC or National Theatre. Chester is becoming a major centre for culture in the UK, and casting this season has been a joy. Our beautiful city and its new cultural centre have acted as a magnet to what will be our strongest most dynamic and diverse company ever.”

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