Approximately Right Productions in association with Park Theatre presents
BENET BRANDRETH I Hamlet
GYLES BRANDRETH I Ghost, Claudius, Polonius, Player King
KOSHA ENGLER I Horatio, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz
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. Aged twelve, he made his screen debut in John Schlesinger’s award-winning film, Madame Sousatzka. (It is his only movie credit to date.) 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,
Gyles Brandreth, who plays the Ghost of Hamlet’s father, as well as Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, is Benet’s real-life father. Formerly the artistic director of the Oxford Theatre Festival, 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). He is the President of the Oscar Wilde Society, the Chancellor of the University of Chester, a former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. His most recent book is his seventh Victorian murder mystery featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle as his detectives, Jack the Ripper: Case Closed.
Kosha Engler I Horatio, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz
Kosha Engler is from Baltimore, Maryland where she made her TV debut in The Wire. While in Washington, DC she acted on the region's finest stages 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 Victoria (ITV), 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.