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Speaking like Magpies

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Synopsis

    Deals with the background to the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    16

  • Cast Size Female

    7

  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    29 September 2005

  • Production Notes

    Specially commissioned by the RSC as part of the Gunpowder Season to mark the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.

  • Producer

    Produced by Royal Shakespeare Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Presented at The Swan Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon

Original Cast  
King James William Houston
Henry Garnet Fred Ridgeway
Robin Wintour Matt Ryan
The Equivocator Kevin Harvey
Mary Queen of Scots Michell Butterly
Queen Anne Teresa Banham
May Vinette Robinson
Ladies-in-Waiting Vinette Robinson
Ladies-in-Waiting Miranda Colchester
Gentleman Jon Foster
Dogs Jon Foster
A Protestant Divine Jon Foster
Robert Cecil Nigel Cooke
Lady Anne Vaux Ishia Bennison
Robert Catesby Jonjo O'Neill
Servant Barry Aird
Gentleman Keith Osborn
A Puritan Keith Osborn
A Catholic Aristocrat Keith Osborn
A Pope Julian Stolzenberg
Dogs Peter Bramhill
Production Team  
Director Rupert Goold
Designer Matthew Wright
Lighting Designer Wayne Dowdeswell
Music by Adam Cork

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ
    England

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

  • Email

    info@casarotto.co.uk

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from information provided by the RSC and press cuttings