The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced casting for three productions which are to tour in repertoire for the first time to six regional venues.
Actors including Lucy Phelps and Claire Price have been announced to join the rep company of 27 performers, who will each appear in two of the three plays.
Productions of As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure will play for two weeks at each theatre.
They will begin in Salford in September, before visiting Canterbury, Plymouth, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Blackpool.
The plays originally open in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, running from February to August.
Phelps will play Rosalind and David Ajao will play Orlando in As You Like It, which is directed by Kimberley Sykes.
The cast for a gender-swapped version of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Justin Audibert, will be led by Price and Joseph Arkley.
Sandy Grierson, Antony Byrne and Phelps lead the cast for Measure for Measure, directed by the RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran.
Doran said: “We have worked hard to assemble a company of actors which reflects the nation in ways it has never done before.
“Featuring a 50/50 gender balanced ensemble, we have brought together talent from all corners of the United Kingdom, reflecting both the ethnic, geographical and cultural diversity of Britain today and those artists that are underrepresented on our stages.”
The company also includes Charlotte Arrowsmith, Patrick Brennan, Graeme Brookes, Richard Clews, Tom Dawze, Amelia Donkor, Laura Elsworthy, Emily Johnstone, Alex Jones, Karina Jones and Sophie Khan Levy.
They are joined by Leo Wan, Hannah Azuonye, Melody Brown, James Cooney, Amanda Harris and Alexander Mushore.
Michael Patrick, Sophie Stanton, Aaron Thiara and Amy Trigg complete the company.