Approximately Right Productions in association with Park Theatre presents
BENET BRANDRETH I Hamlet
GYLES BRANDRETH I Ghost, Claudius, Polonius, Player King, First Clown
KOSHA ENGLER I Horatio, Gertrude, Ophelia, Laertes, Rosencrantz, Player Queen
Benet Brandreth I Hamlet
Benet Brandreth is a critically acclaimed performer, barrister, rhetoric coach and authority on Shakespeare. He works regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse and others on Shakespeare’s use of language. He also regularly writes and performs for the stage and for radio. His one-man show, The Brandreth Papers, was a five-star sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on its London transfer to the Soho Theatre. While at Cambridge University, he was a member of the Footlights and played Laertes in a world tour of Hamlet with the ADC Theatre. It was on this tour that he met his wife, Kosha Engler. His debut novel, The Spy of Venice, about the adventures of a young William Shakespeare in Venice, is published by Twenty7Books. Its sequel, The Assassin of Verona, is published later this year.
Gyles Brandreth I Ghost, Claudius, Polonius, Player King, First Clown
Gyles Brandreth, who plays the Ghost of Hamlet’s father in this production, as well as Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, is Benet’s real-life father. As an actor, he has appeared in Shakespeare, in his own award-winning musical revue in the West End and in pantomime (with Bonnie Langford and Barbara Windsor). He has appeared in three five-star sell-out one-man shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured to more than one hundred theatres in the UK. His most recent London appearance was as Lady Bracknell in a musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest (Riverside Studios). Formerly the artistic director of the Oxford Theatre Festival, he has had the privilege of working with a number of distinguished former Hamlets, including Sir John Gielgud, Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir Alec Guinness, Michael Maloney and Simon Russell Beale.
Kosha Engler I Horatio, Gertrude, Ophelia, Laertes, Rosencrantz, Player Queen
Kosha Engler is from Baltimore, Maryland where she made her television debut in The Wire. While living in Washington, DC she acted on the finest stages in the region including the Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre and The Kennedy Center. She moved to London in 2005 and in 2009 earned a Best Actress nomination from the M.E.N. Theatre Awards for Oleanna directed by Iqbal Khan at the Bolton Octagon, followed by a No. 1 UK tour of When Harry Met Sally (Marie). In Edinburgh she doubled as Viola/Sebastian alongside her father-in-law’s Malvolio in Twelfth Night the Musical. Other Shakespeare plays include Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Taming of the Shrew (Bianca) and The Tempest (Miranda). Television credits include Hoff the Record (Dave Channel), Moonshot (ITV) and I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Discovery). Film credits include The Man with the Iron Heart, The Beyond, A Dirty Shame and Tuck Everlasting.