Full casting announced for ‘The Cardinal’ at Southwark Playhouse

“All great men know, the soul of life is fame.”

Full casting has today been announced for James Shirley‘s The Cardinal, which runs at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 26 April – Saturday 27 May, directed by Justin Audibert.

Joining the previously announced Stephen Boxer (in the title role) is Natalie Simpson as Duchess Rosaura, alongside an eleven-strong ensemble including Sophia Carr-Gomm, Phil Cheadle, Ashley Cook, Marcus Griffiths, Patrick Osborne, Jay Saighal, Natalie Simpson, Timothy Speyer, Paul Westwood and Rosie Wyatt.



The state of Navarre is in crisis.

An unscrupulous Cardinal has the ear of the King and is hungry for power.

The Duchess Rosaura longs to marry the Count D’Alvarez, but the Cardinal wants her for his brutish nephew.

To tighten his grip on the Kingdom, the ruthless Cardinal will stop at nothing to secure the marriage.

But in the Duchess it seems he has finally met his match…


Hailed as James Shirley’s tragic masterpiece, The Cardinal (1641) was one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell’s ban on theatre.

With remarkably lucid and fast-paced dialogue, it is the captivating story of a religious monster and his relentless pursuit of power.


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