RSC announces full casting for ‘VICE VERSA’


(or the Decline and Fall of General Braggadocio at the hands of his canny servant Dexter and Terence the monkey)

By Phil Porter, lovingly ripped off from the plays of Plautus    

Directed by Janice Honeyman

Swan Theatre: 11 May – 9 September 2017

Full casting is announced for the world premiere of Vice Versa (or the Decline and Fall of General Braggadocio at the hands of his canny servant Dexter and Terence the monkey), a new play by Phil Porter inspired by the comedies of Plautus.

Vice Versa is directed by Janice Honeyman and opens for previews in the Swan Theatre on 11 May 2017.

A wily servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle a pompous general in this riotous new farce.

Dodgy disguises, comic capers and a talking monkey create pandemonium as the tricksters try to save the girl, free the servant and live to tell the tale! 

Felix Hayes returns to play General Braggadocio having last been at the RSC in 2012 for the ‘What Country Friends is this?’ season. His other credits include playing Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre (National Theatre/Tour). Playing his servant, Dexter, is Sophia Nomvete. Her credits include The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe). They are joined by Kim Hartman who makes her RSC debut playing Climax. She is most well known for playing Private Helga Geerhart in the classic TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo and went on to tour the UK, New Zealand and Australia in the stage show. More recently, Kim played the Headmistress in the UK tour of Daisy Pulls It Off and for the previous three years she played Mrs. Rawlinson in BBC’s Grange Hill.

Further casting for Vice Versa includes: Ellie Beaven (Voluptua); Nicholas Day (Philoproximus); Bally Gill (Roman); Laura Kirman (Impetus); Steven Kynman (Feclus); Geoffrey Lumb (Valentin); Byron Mondahl (Omnivorous); Esther Niles (Roman); Harriet Slater (Roman); Katherine Toy(Roman); Jon Trenchard (Terence) and Johnson Willis (Ocadus).

Vice Versa is directed by Janice Honeyman and designed by Colin Richmond with lighting by Caroline Burrell. Music is by Sam Kenyon and sound by Jono Ruddick. Movement is by Michael Ashcroft.

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