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The Herbal Bed full cast announced!

8 January 2016

Yesterday English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston announced the full cast for their co-production of Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed.

Following a number of successful collaborations with Royal and Derngate, on Eden End by J B Priestley and Rose Theatre Kingston, on the award-winning tour of Translations by Brian Friel and Ghosts by Henik Ibsen, English Touring Theatre will be joining forces with both theatres to stage the first major revival of The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. The Herbal Bed was originally written for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996, it received a nomination for an Olivier Award, won Playwright of the Year (1997) and was a hit in the West End and on Broadway. The play will be setting off on a National Tour after opening at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in February 2016.

James Dacre, Artistic Director of the Royal and Derngate, (King John, Shakespeare’s Globe), directs Charlotte Wakefield, Emma Lowndes, Michael Mears, Matt Whitchurch, Patrick Driver, Jonathan Guy Lewis and Philip Correia.

The Herbal Bed will be designed by Jonathan Fensom (Farinelli and The King, Shakespeare’s Globe), with music by Icelandic composer, producer and engineer, ValgeirSigur├░sson - founder of the Bedroom Community record label and Greenhouse Studios.


Charlotte Wakefield Matt Whitchurch Emma Lowndes


Charlotte Wakefield's theatre credits include: Monsieur Popular (Theatre Royal Bath); Oklahoma, (Music and Lyrics/No 1 Tour); Noel Coward’s Christmas Spirits (St James Theatre)The Sound of Music (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); Mamma Mia (West End); Mamma Mia (International Tour); Such Tweet Sorrow (RSC); Spring Awakening (Novello Theatre);Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith) and Jungle Book and Merlin and Arthur (Chester Gateway). Television credits include: Holby City, Waterloo Road, Occupation, The Royal,An Angel For May and Leap of Faith. Film credits include: An Angel For May.

Charlotte has been nominated twice for ‘Best Actress In A Musical’ at The Laurence Olivier Awards.


Matt Whitchurch trained at RADA his theatre credits include: Pine (Hampstead Theatre); We Know Where You Live (Finborough Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Liverpool Everyman); Dog Death in Macedonia (RADA Festival). Theatre credits whilst at RADA: There and Back, The Witch of Edmonton, High Society, In the Summer House, The Taming of the Shrew, The Convent of Pleasure, Dr Faustus, Oedipus, The Cherry Orchard, Hindle Wakes. Television credits include: The Outcast, Call the Midwife, Some Girls


Emma Lowndes's theatre credits include: Children Of The Sun and Therese Raquin (National Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Shared Experience Tour); Measure For Measure(Thelma Holt/ Plymouth); Topless Mum (Tricycle Theare); Great Expectations (RSC); The Storm (The Globe); Whose Life Is It Anyway? (Comedy Theatre); The Accrington Pals, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Seagull, Cold Meat Party, Port (Royal Exchange Theatre); Hayfever (Gawsworth Open Air Theatre); The Ash Girl (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Television credits include: Musketeers, Downtown Abbey (series 5 and 6), Vera, Paradox, Silent Witness, Survivors (series 2), Cranford (series 1 and 2), Moving On, Jane Eyre, Waking The Dead: Straw Dog, After Life, Von Trapped, Burn It (series 2), Lenny Blue. Film credits include: Mother’s Milk, All Or Nothing, This Little Life, Frozen, The Walk


Jonathan Guy Lewis Michael Mears Patrick Driver


Jonathan Guy Lewis trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.Theatre credits include: A View From The Bridge (The Touring Consortium); Elephants (Hampstead Theatre); I Found My Horn (Trafalgar Studios and Hampstead Theatre); Absent Friends (Watford Palace Theatre); Alphabetical Order and Speaking In Tongues (Hampstead Theatre); Green Wash, Mountain Hotel, Protest and Myth, Propaganda & Disaster (Orange Tree Theatre); I Found My Horn and My First Trainers (Tristan Bates/Orange Tree/Chichester/Hampstead Theatre); A Few Good Men (Haymarket Theatre); A Comedy Of Arias (Plesance/New Ambassadors); Exclude Me (Chelsea Theatre); An Inspector Calls (Aldwych Theatre).Television credits include: Agatha Raisin, Skins Redux: Rise, Endeavour, I Shouldn't Be Alive: Blizzard Of Death, Desperados, Vincent, Holby City, Sea Of Souls, London's Burning, Peak Practice, Coronation Street, Soldier Soldier.Radio credits include: The Hook. 

Theatre writing credits include: Our Boys (Soho Theatre/Derby Playhouse/Donmar Warehouse/Duchess Theatre); A Level Playing Field (Jermyn Street); I Found My Horn (Trafalgar Studios and Hampstead Theatre); A Comedy Of Arias (Plesance/New Ambassadors); My First Trainers (Tristan Bates Theatre); All Mouth (Menier Chocolate Factory); Pitch Perfect(Soho Theatre/Tristan Bates Theatre).


Michael Mears trained at the Drama Centre, London.Theatre credits include:  The Magna Carta Plays (Salisbury Playhouse); War Correspondents (Helen Chadwick Song Theatre – Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and tour); Therese Raquin, The Tempest , Henry IVth Parts 1 and 2 (Theatre Royal, Bath);  A Tale Of Two Cities (Royal Theatre, Northampton) The Recruiting Officer (Salisbury Playhouse); Rats’ Tales (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Woman In Black (Fortune Theatre, London); All’s Well That Ends Well, Nation, Harper Regan (National Theatre); Measure for Measure (Peter Hall Company, Theatre Royal Bath & RSC); You Never Can Tell (Peter Hall Company, Theatre Royal Bath and Garrick Theatre, London); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Peter Hall Company, Rose Theatre, Kingston): Hamlet, Jubilee, The Comedy Of Errors, Epicene or The Silent Woman, Clockwork Orange (RSC); Conversations with my Father (Old Vic); The Goodbye Girl (Albery Theatre); Life After Scandal, Osama The Hero (Hampstead Theatre); Oliver!, Coventry Mystery Plays Cycle (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry).Television credits include:  Londongrad, Parade’s End, The Colour of Magic, Sharpe’s Rifles (3 series), My Family (Christmas Special), The Lenny Henry Show - Delbert Wilkins (series 2), The Bill, Mary and Jesus, The Seventh Scroll, The Old Curiosity Shop. Film credits include: Private Peaceful, Invisible Eyes, Sylvia, Four Weddings & A Funeral, Queen of Hearts, Little Dorrit.

Writing credits include: Tomorrow We Do The Sky and Soup (two solo plays written and performed by him at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Lyric Studio, Hammersmith, and on BBC Radio 4. ‘Soup’ was a Salisbury Playhouse production and winner of a Scotsman Fringe First award, and Best Actor nomination at Edinburgh Festival.) A Slight Tilt To The Left, Slow Train To Woking, Uncle Happy, Jam and Arnold Darwin's Getting Better (solo radio plays written and performed by him and specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4.) His new solo play about Britain’s First World War conscientious objectors, Comrades In Conscience, will be produced later this year.       


Patrick Driver's Theatre credits include: Measure for Measure, As You Like It, The Heresy of Love,  Dr. Scroggy’s War, Julius Ceasar and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre); Faith Healer (Royal Lyceum Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Apollo Theatre);  For Once (Hampstead Theatre, Traverse Theatre and UK Tour); Bus Stop (New Vic & Scarborough); Treasure Island (The Watermill Theatre); Faith Healer, Drowning on Dry Land and Othello (Salisbury Playhouse); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, London Assurance and Volpone (Royal Exchange Manchester); Anthropology (Latitude Festival); Reverence (Southwark Playhouse); No, It Was You (Arcola Theatre); Highs And Lows (Hackney Empire); Hunger, Imperfect Librarian, Theatre Dream, Half Machine, The Award Winning Icarus Falling and Poseidon (Primitive Science).

As actor and joint Artistic Director of Dialogue Productions, he has appeared in Scorched (Old Vic Tunnels); Wedding Day at The Cro-Magons (Soho Theatre); The Furies/ Helter Skelter (Bush Theatre, UK Tour); Top Dogs (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour); Merlin (Riverside Studios); Heroes Like Us (Edinburgh Festival); The MC of a Striptease Act Doesn’t Give Up (Edinburgh and Kilkenny Festivals, UK, US and European tours) and was Assistant Directors on their production of Monsieur Ibrahim and The Flowers of the Qur’an (Bush Theatre, Edinburgh and tour).

Television credits include: Silent Witness, Eastenders, Friday Night Dinner, Doctors, Whistleblowers, Holby City, The Bill, The Last Chancers, The Worst Week Of My Life, Grass, Peepshow, The Office, Vortex, My Hero, Ed Stone Is Dead, People Like Us, Ghosts, Mr.Charity. Radio credits include: The Balloonists, The Crazy Locomotive, Crusty Pie.

Philip Correia


Philip Correria Trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Holy Warriors; Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Int. Tour);Keepers of Infinite Space (The Park); National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Olivier Theatre, NT Live); The Pitmen Painters (National Theatre/Live/BKL); Judgement Day (The Print Room); The Syndicate (Chichester Minerva Theatre); Bus Stop (New Vic/SJT); The Cherry Orchard (Birmingham Rep); Country Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Northern Odyssey(Live Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Jermyn Street Theatre); Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre & National Tour); The History Boys (Wyndham’s Theatre & National Tour);The History Boys (Lyttleton Theatre (NT) & National Tour); The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC).Television credits include: Atlantis, Casualty, Inspector George Gently, Hollyoaks, Vera, Canoe Man, Lewis, Doctors, The Bill.Film credits include: The Hunters Matchmaker and Bliss.Radio credits include: Blue Flu.

Philip is a member of the Orange Tree Writer's Collective 2015/16.


The Herbal Bed opens in Royal and Derngate, Northampton (5th -27th Feb) then tours to Cambridge Arts Theatre (1st -5th March), Playhouse Liverpool (8th -12th March),Exeter Northcott (15th - 19th March), Theatre Royal Brighton (22nd -26th March), The Lowry, Salford (30th March – 2nd April), Theatre Royal Bath (12th -16th April), Oxford Playhouse (19th -23rd) and closes at Rose Theatre Kingston (26th April – 7th May).

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