Full casting announced for Northern Broadsides/New Vic Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing 

Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre are delighted to announce full casting for their forthcoming touring production of William Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy – Much Ado About Nothing.

The production’s excellent cast will feature Robin Simpson (Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) as Benedick,  Isobel Middleton (Anna Tregorran in The Archers, BBC Radio 4, Emmerdale and Cracker, ITV and Eric, Ernie and EastEnders, BBC) as Beatrice; Rachel Hammond (Babe: The Sheep Pig) as Ursula; Sophia Hatfield (When We Were Married, Northern Broadsides) as Margaret; Tony Hunt (Hard Times, Northern Broadsides) as Borachio; Linford Johnson (The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, Park Theatre ,War Horse, National Theatre and Showboat, Sheffield Crucible) as Claudio; Sarah Kameela Impey (The Tempest, RSC and Pinocchio, National Theatre) as Hero; James McClean (New Tricks, Bolton Octagon) as Balthasar/Watchman; David Nellist (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse,  National Theatre and Sherlock, BBC) as Dogberry;  Heather Phoenix ( The Rivals, Theatre by the Lake) as Conrade: Matt Rixon (Hairspray , UK Tour and Around The World In 80 Days, New Vic/Royal Exchange) as Don Pedro; Richard J Fletcher (Oh What A Lovely War, Oldham Coliseum) as Don John;  Simeon Truby  (The Pitman Painters, New Vic Theatre) as Leonato; Robert Wade (Cyrano, Northern Broadsides) as Balthazar and Andrew Whitehead (An August Bank Holiday Lark, Northern Broadsides) as Antonio/Friar.   

Directed by Northern Broadsides’ Artistic Director Conrad Nelson and co-produced with Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre, the production’s fine creative team includes Lis Evans (An August Bank Holiday Lark) with lighting by Daniella Beattie and musical direction by Rebekah Hughes. 

Robin Simpson to play Benedick in Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre co-production of Much Ado About Nothing

Actor Robin Simpson will take over the role of Benedick in our co-production of Much Ado About Nothing, currently in rehearsals. Robin Simpson (See No Evil: The Moors Murders; Waterloo Road; Coronation Street) will step into the role after Reece Dinsdale had to leave the production due to a family illness. We send our very best wishes to Reece and his family at this difficult time.

Conrad Nelson to step down as Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Northern Broadsides

Conrad Nelson joined the Northern Broadsides team in 1992, and after 26 years of service, he will be leaving the company in his current role as Artistic Director / Joint CEO next year. Conrad says:

“It’s been a huge privilege to lead Northern Broadsides over the last year. I’m proud of what the company has achieved since I joined in 1992. Now is the time to hand over the reigns of leadership. Thanks to all for your support. Onwards! Much Ado next spring and then to new adventures”.

We would like to wish Conrad the very best of luck in his future ventures and we will be keeping a close eye on his work.

Northern Broadsides’ new Fundraising & Marketing Team 

Pamela Johnson is Broadsides’ new Development Manager, an experienced freelance consultant and trainer, she specialises in fundraising, project management and business development. Pamela worked for Broadsides in the earliest days of the company and is thrilled to be back working with the company once again.  Pamela says: 

“Having worked with Broadsides on its inaugural tour of Richard lll and other early productions, it’s great to be back with the company, which is still as vibrant, entertaining and distinctive 25 years on.“

Jess Rooney joins the team as a Marketing Manager, having worked in the charity and arts industries in creative marketing roles since graduating with a degree in Advertising and Design from The University of Leeds and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  Jess says: 

“I’m so excited to start working with this respected and well-loved brand. There are so many opportunities to create interesting campaigns that (I hope!) will really appeal to audiences old and new”.

Welcome to the team, Pam and Jess!