Mitesh Soni as Claudio (East East (Octogon)), Jack Quarton as Friar Sebastian (Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse)), Charlotte Workman as Peggy (The Borrowers (Watermill)), Lucy Keirl as Ariel, Emily Pithon as Beatrice (Waiting For God (James Seabright Productions - UK tour)), Callum McIntyre as John, Ferdinand and Borachio
(All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, School for Scandal, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (all for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory)).
The Atheist's Tragedy begins with an interruption: in the interim between sending for his nephew and the latter's arrival, waiting to further pursue an already launched plot against him, D'Amville and his entirely serviceable "instrument" Borachio
engage in a "learned" dialogue on "nature and her large philosophy," the upshot of which is that there is nothing beyond or above nature to guide or limit the pursuit of human aims.
Starring in the RSC's 2006 Much |Ado About Nothing, from left, Jamie Ballard (Borachio
), Joseph Millson (Benedick), Tamsin Greig (Beatrice) and Adam Rayner (Claudio)
Helen Mirren was Hero in "Much Ado About Nothing," Janet Suzman was Beatrice, and Patrick Stewart, Borachio
He is also a footman in Love's Labour's Lost and Borachio
in Love's Labour's Won, which are running concurrently in the RSC's main theatre.
Villanous Brummie footman Borachio
, a nice turn by Chris Nayak, and Conrade has been arrested after the night watch uncovers the plot to shame Hero.
He suggests that the two are lovers, as they conspire together and Borachio
(Spencer Treat Clark) walks in on them in bed together.
Amid the familiar company players, who include Matthew Bulgo (Don Pedro), Lynne Seymour (Beatrice), Nicola Reynolds (Margaret/Mistress Dogberry) and Liam Tobin (Benidick), we also have artists who are new to Mappa Mundi, among them Robin Waters (Claudio), Gareth Pierce (Borachio
), John Cording (Leonato) and Gwawr Loader (Hero/Mistress Verges).
"smirched, worm-eaten tapestry" recalled by Borachio
Perhaps most refreshing, given that it is nota role that usually warrants much attention, was Joe Caffrey's Borachio
. With a broad Geordie accent from the northeast of England, Caffrey's villain was lucid and persuasive and gave some weight to the conspirators' plotting which compensated for the thinness of Pidgeon's Don John.
Both Dogberry and Borachio
are comic because the key expressions ring idiosyncratically true, the application is false.
With Darren Bridgett (Benedick), Marni Penning (Beatrice), Steven Patterson (Don Pedro), Armistead Johnson (Claudio), Joe Vincent (Leonato), Chris Mixon (Dogberry), Brittney Rentschler (Hero,) Kyle Crowder (Don John), Nathan Gregory (Borachio
), Desiree Bacala (Margaret), Brad Roller (Conrade), Bob Dolan (Antonio), Anne Hering (Ursula), Bob Lipka (Verges), Andrew Knight (Balthasar), and others.