Double Olivier Award winner Gawn Grainger and The Lord Of The Rings star Billy Boyd have joined the cast of Macbeth, Eve Best’s forthcoming directorial debut at Shakespeare’s Globe.
The pair joins the previously announced Joseph Millson, Samantha Spiro and Bette Bourne in Shakespeare’s much-loved exploration of ambition, guilt and destiny, which will play at the alfresco venue from 22 June.
Actor and playwright Grainger, whose illustrious career spans more than six decades, will take on the role of Duncan in the famous Scottish-set drama. Making his London stage debut in 1950, the actor is a former member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre at the Old Vic Company and was last seen on stage in the Donmar Warehouse’s The Recruiting Officer. Other recent credits from his extensive CV include A Woman Killed With Kindness at the National Theatre, Onassis in the West End and The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida.
Following his role in the touring production of The Proclaimers’ musical Sunshine On Leith, Boyd will make his Shakespeare’s Globe debut as Banquo. Well-known for his leading role as Pippin in the hugely successful film trilogy The Lord Of The Rings, Boyd’s many subsequent film credits include Irvine Welsh’s Master And Commander and Ecstasy, while on television the actor has made appearances in Casualty and Moby Dick.
Completing the company are Moyo Akandé, Geoff Aymer, Stuart Bowman, Jonathan Chambers, Philip Cumbus, Harry Hepple, Jess Murphy, Colin Ryan, Cat Simmons and Finty Williams.
Macbeth plays as part of the trio of supernatural Shakespeares in the venue’s Season Of Plenty. The Tempest opened to critical acclaim last week while Michelle Terry will lead the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when it begins its summer run later this month.
Have we already seen this gorgeous picture?
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Posted by deilen-gwyrdd on tumblr. Check out her whole story for her encounter with Adam Brown and Jed Brophy, too :)
saw my Ori t-shirt.. pointing at Adam and said ‘why’s he on your shirt?’ I explained Ori was now my favourite Tolkien character.. Billy was sad :P
he opened my sketchbook, I asked him to draw next to my sketch of Frodo.. he said ‘thats’ the other guy! Where am I?’ meaning Pippin.. I told him I’d draw him next.. he weren’t having it so he wrote ‘Draw me!’ with his signature and drew himself underneath as Pippin that he copied off a photo :P
we asked about his band Beecake.. he said the name was Beecake because Dominic Monaghan text him from NY, he text him a picture of a cake covered in bees that was made out of pollen, and people were eating it in a cafe! so the name Beecake stuck Pippin and Merry strike again!
we also talked about his accent.. and other things like Hobbits :P
Hi guys, I’m so sorry I haven’t been updating lately,but I just… can’t be arsed to. I won’t use the „have no time“ shit, because it’s not true. What is true is that I kind of became obsessed with other actors (cough, Sherlock, cough) and Billy is somewhere in the back corners of my mind now. BUT. Since I paid for another year of webhosting in February (and it was quite expensive), I won’t give up that easily. So hopefully, I’ll start updating on regular basis again.
Apparently, I missed this year’s Wales Comic Con (taking place last weekend), but you can still watch that Billy’s short message where he’s inviting you to come:
Also check out Beecake’s Facebook profile since they have some fine new photos there.
Least but not last, our Tumblr page is being updated, so visit it too, if you care for pictures of Billy and Beecake at The One Expected Party during Oscar night and more!
Hopefully, see you again soon!