Meet the Macbeth cast

The fourth production in our popular ’Bard in the Yard’ programme, Macbeth follows three hugely successful previous summer productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), Romeo & Juliet (2016) and Twelfth Night (2017).  This highly visual and accessible version will be produced in the stunning Residence One Garden at Royal William Yard from 31 July – 11 August.

Macbeth is part of Barbican Theatre’s commitment to creating high quality, accessible work while supporting and developing local talent. 

M​ore than 180 professional and emerging actors applied for roles in Macbeth, which is the highest number of applications we’ve ever had. We are excited to announce the actors playing the leading roles as Hassan Maarfi (Macbeth) and Seren Vickers (Lady Macbeth).

Plymouth-born Hassan is currently touring with the prestigious Vienna’s English Theatre in a production of A Family Affair, returning to the UK in June to start rehearsals for Macbeth. Hassan trained for three years at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has also undertaken training with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Frantic Assembly and Complicité. This won’t be Hassan’s first portrayal of Macbeth; he appears in the title role in a feature film adaptation (supported by Sir Ian McKellen) which is due for release at Raindance Film Festival later this year. He has also appeared in Our Man In Havana at Chichester Festival Theatre. 

Seren is currently performing in Katell Keinig’s Highway One at Wales Millennium Centre until June and has recently played Regan in Shifting Sands Theatre’s Company The King Lear. She trained for three years at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, receiving first class with honours. Upon completing her training Seren won the Sarah Siddons prize for outstanding classical performance for her portrayal of Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew. Her professional debut, as Andrea in Philip Ridley’s one-woman play, Dark Vanilla Jungle, was short-listed for Best Female Performance at the Wales Theatre Awards. Seren has also performed with Run Amok Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and with Cardiff’s respected Sherman Theatre Company. 

Joining Hassan and Seren are six emerging and dynamic actors who, as an ensemble, will play a number of parts including Banqo, King Duncan, McDuff, and of course The Witches! 

Abigail Cowan trained with The Actor’s Wheel at Plymouth Marjon University where she performed as Prospera in their regional tour of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. She is an artist skilled in a number of areas and has worked with Le Navet Bete, Scratchworks and Youth Music Theatre in a variety of roles.

Alexander Dover joins us from his training at East 15 Acting School. He has experience in Shakespeare performance, having played the title role in Richard III, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. In 2014 he was a member of Theatre Royal’s Young Company, Barbican Theatre’s COMPANY b and the prestigious National Youth Theatre. Other titles Alexander has performed in include Chekov’s The Seagull, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County.

RADA and University of Exeter trained Ruan Evans has performed in The Wars of The Roses (John Barton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part I, II, III and Richard III) at the highly regarded Rose Theatre in Kingston. He is currently performing in Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s The Roaring Girl.

John Inkerman trained at East 15 where played Oberon in their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Corbett Theatre. He was a member of Theatre Royal’s The Lab Company from 2016-17 where co-founded the highly regarded Narwhal Ensemble, who have recently toured the South West. He has also been a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre.  John is also a talented musician and songwriter who plays guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, piano and drums.

Danny Laine is currently in his second year at Plymouth Marjon University where he is training with The Actor’s Wheel. He played Cornwall in their regional tour of Shakespeare’s King Lear in 2017 and has recently returned from Greece where they toured Kimberly Sikes’ Children of The Birds.  Danny also appeared in our 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Flute.

Bard In The Yard regulars may remember John James McColl from our very first production of Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream where he played an extremely memorable and hilarious Bottom. He followed this with a second Bard In The Yard appearance as Benvolio in our Romeo & Juliet in 2016. John James trained with The Actor’s Wheel at Plymouth Marjon University, where he played Caliban in their regional tour of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. He has recently performed in Pilots Thumb’s tour of Yezno.

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