Meet the Hansel & Gretel Cast!

The wait is over! Iris Theatre are delighted to announce the cast of our next open-air summer performance: Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga.

The show follows our critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, continuing right now in the grounds of St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church. Hansel & Gretel runs from 3rd August – 3rd September, and tickets can be purchased here.

Offie-nominated for her production of Much Ado About Nothing last year, Amy Draper returns to direct this brand new adaptation of one of the Brothers Grimm’s most beloved stories, written by Iris Theatre Artistic Director Daniel Winder.


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Gretel

Training: East 15.

Theatre includes: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Mischief Theatre, UK tour and West End); Diana of Dobson’s, Anna of the Five Towns (The New Vic); My Kingdom is a Horse (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Clothes Swap Theatre Party (Derby Playhouse); Alice in the Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet Theatre) and Sally (Arcola Theatre). Earlier this year Rosie directed the community chorus in Abbey Wright’s production of The Grapes of Wrath for the Nuffield Theatre.

Josie Brightwell
Josie Brightwell
Mother / Baba Yaga

Josie trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama, graduated with a 1st class BA(Hons) Acting and received the Laurence Olivier Award Bursary whilst training.

Theatre includes: Tough Times, Difficult Decisions (Jermyn St); Les Misérables (Queen’s); Women Redressed: Gift Return (Park); Black Snow (Moscow Art Theatre); Merrily We Roll Along Workshop (Menier Chocolate Factory); Flora in Tennessee Williams’ short play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.

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Jennifer Clement
Vasilisa / Marya

Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Iris); Andy Capp the Musical (Finborough); Timeplays (Hampton Court Palace); Cans (Theatre503); The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic); Richard II (Sam Wanamaker Festival, Globe).

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Deshaye Gayle
Hansel

Deshaye recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He trained on the CDT course (Collaborative and Devised Theatre, BA) which enjoys a creative partnership with the award winning Complicite theatre company. He recently took part in the Arcola Theatre’s evening of short new plays Dare to Dream playing James in The Incident. Roles whilst training: Santiago in Maktub; Witch in Macbeth; Faulkland in The Rivals; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Yasha in The Cherry; Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie. Hansel and Gretel is Deshaye’s professional acting debut.

Nick Howard-Brown
Nick Howard-Brown
Father / Koschei

Training: East 15 Acting School.

Theatre includes: Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Pinocchio, Julius CaesarRichard III, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Iris); Four Thieves’ Vinegar (Barons Court); The Merchant of Venice (Globe); Hamlet (Tivoli Theatre); Before the Fire Burns Out (Cheltenham Everyman); Tinderbox (Tooting Arts Club).

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Will Kelly
Ivan / Baba Yagas

Training: University of Warwick, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre includes: The Provoked Wife (White Bear); Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Company national tour); Whilst Training: King Lear (Bristol Old Vic); The Ugly One (Alma Theatre, Bristol); The Tempest (Redgrave Theatre); The Madam Macadam Travelling Theatre (Bristol Old Vic Studio); As You Like It (BOVTS); Dima in Ladybird (BOVTS); Separate Tables (BOVTS); The Country Wife (BOVTS); Our Country’s Good (BOVTS).

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