Local performers join cast of Shakespeare at the Castle

Lyle Mitchell

Following the recent cast announcement for this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Macbeth, more details have been released about the local performers involved in the show at Stafford Castle.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare has a proud tradition of casting performers from the local region since its inception in 1991. Indeed, many have gone on to have successful professional careers in the world of theatre following an acting credit at a one of the Festival’s annual productions.

Ryan Edwards

This year, two actors from the Staffordshire area taking on roles in Macbeth are Lyle Mitchell and Ryan Edwards.

Lyle is from the Cheslyn Hay area and trained at Birmingham Theatre School. He will be playing the roles of ‘Young Siward’ and ‘Fleance’. No stranger to The Bard’s work, Lyle has performed in numerous productions, such as Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Twelfth Night for established companies like Civil Brawl Theatre Company and Old Join Stock Theatre Company. He says:

“I am delighted to be a part of the Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Macbeth. I have seen Shakespeare at the Castle a couple of times now and have been impressed with the sheer size, quality and beauty of the shows. To be a part of that is amazing.”

Originally from Runcorn in Merseyside, Ryan is a recent drama graduate of Staffordshire University and will play the role of ‘Young Macduff’. He says:

“I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this production. Macbeth is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays and for this to be my first professional role coming out of university is a real privilege.”

Those familiar with the story of Macbeth will know that the ‘Macduff’ family is made up of several young children. These roles will be filled by four members of Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre: Isabella Paddock aged 9, a pupil at St Thomas More primary school in Great Wyrley; Hope Bennett aged 10 of St Anne’s primary school in Stafford; Alexa Munday aged 9, who attends St Patrick’s in Stafford; and Katy Boughey aged 8 of St Giles in Houghton, Staffordshire.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare spokesperson, Tom Waldron, says:

“It’s a real privilege to be able to call upon such talented performers from the local area to perform in this year’s production. I myself was involved in a minor part in the Comedy of Errors at the Castle back in 2004 and I loved every minute of it.

“We are delighted to welcome aboard Lyle and Ryan for this year’s production, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome back Hope, Alexa and Katy who played the role of ‘Young Miranda’ during alternate performances of last year’s production of The Tempest. I’m sure all three, together with debutant Isabella, will have a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.”

Macbeth will open on Thursday 28th June and run until Saturday 14th July 2018 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available from just £14. Full ticket information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com