Producers previously revealed that Romola Garai will star as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough while Emma Cunniffe plays Queen Anne. Jonathan Christie, Michael Fenton Stevens, James Garnon, Richard Hope, Hywel Morgan, Beth Park, and Carl Prekopp were also initially casted for the production.
Joining them are Daisy Ashford as Lady Clarendon, Sheena Bhattessa as Lady Somerset, Gabrielle Brooks, Dave Fishley, Jonny Glynn, Chu Omambala, and Sid Sagar.
RSC Queen Anne follows the story of Queen Anne in 1702. Soon to become a monarch, Anne’s advisers contend to gain their influence over her. Meanwhile, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, who is also a close friend of Anne, starts to exert increasing pressure as she chases her own designs on power. With all the deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.
Meet the cast of Queen Anne
Prior to starring on Queen Anne, Emma Cunniffe has also performed on Tales from Hollywood, Losing Louis, and Women Beware.
Romola Garai is best known for her appearance in films such as Amazing Grace, Atonement, Vanity Fair, and Suffragette. Her other theatre credits include Calico, King Lear, The Seagull, and more.
After training at LAMDA, Daisy Ashford has performed on Love for Love, The Middlemarch Trilogy, and Adam Bede. She has also appeared on various TV series such as Wallander, Spotless, and Bonekickers; as well as on films including Jack Ryan, Captain America, and The Sweeter Side of Life.
Sheena Bhattessa has starred in other theatre productions such as Romeo and Juliet; My Generation; and the Olivier Award-nominated The Great Game: Afghanistan. Her film and TV appearances include Canaries, Love Aoj Kal, Ransom, Midsomer Murders, and EastEnders.