The Director of this production is Brian Stansbridge
Messenger is played by Lee Taylor
Lee is currently doing extra work for a tv series. Despite always having had a passion for the creative arts, Lee hasn't performed on stage since college so he’s very excited to do so again. In his spare time, he likes to upload videos to his YouTube channel, called LeeeWithanE.
Leonato is played by Philip De Grouchy
Don Pedro is played by Adam Taussik
Claudio is played by Calum Daly
Benedick is played by Sam Hussey
Sam joined Maskers for their last open-air Shakespeare production 2 years ago, playing Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Following that, he appeared as The Guide in the studio show 100. Before that, his experience has mostly been in musicals, with roles including Joe Casey in Our House and the Mayor in Rock of Ages, although he has dabbled in Shakespeare before as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With the last year obviously being a complete loss for live audiences, he has kept the acting muscles occupied during lockdown and had great fun appearing in online murder mysteries with Murdered4Money. Sam is very much looking forward to getting in front of an audience again in one of his all-time favourite Shakespearian roles!
Hero is played by Katherine Evans
Katherine is delighted to be playing a ‘role’ in reviving live theatre this summer, especially one as aptly symbolic as Hero – who undergoes something of a demise and rebirth herself! Much Ado About Nothing is Katherine’s fourth production with Maskers, having previously appeared as Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest (2014), Emily in Our Town (2014) and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (2016). She has also performed a wide range of roles with other local companies, including principal parts in musicals and operetta, and directed several shows. She has a degree in Classics and is currently completing further studies in English Literature.
Beatrice is played by Anna Hussey
Anna joined Maskers over 2 years ago and has been involved both on and off stage. Debuting in Wyrd Sisters as part of the ensemble in 2018, Anna has contributed backstage and started helping with marketing in 2019 before returning to the Maskers’ stage for 100 to play Nina in October 2019.
Anna has been excited to take on the role of Beatrice ever since she was originally cast at the beginning of 2020. Beatrice is one of Anna’s favourite Shakespearean characters and she really hopes that she can do her justice! The cherry on top for Anna is that she gets to play alongside her husband and have a “merry battle of wits” with him as Benedick.
Don John is played by Alec Sleigh
Alec trained at the Identity School of Acting in London. His first stage role was as the lead in yt2’s 2017 production of Birdland which enjoyed a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. This was then followed by roles with several other companies in theatre productions like Miss Julie, At The Mountains of Madness, and Hamlet. He has also appeared in multiple independent films and is currently working on a modern-day film adaptation of Prometheus Bound; portraying the titular character.
Much Ado About Nothing is his first role with Maskers. This is a play he has always wanted to be a part of and he cannot wait to get back on stage with such a wonderful company!
Borachio is played by Jez Minns
Jez Minns has been acting, mostly in amateur theatre but sometimes professionally, for the last 35 years (it seems so long when you write it down!) and he still loves everything about the theatre, even learning the lines. His most recent appearances were as Antonio, the gay sea captain in Twelfth Night and as the bully-boy Innkeeper in The Flint Street Nativity two years ago. He is very happy to be directing the one-act comedy Sharks in the Custard as part of a double bill in the Maskers’ Studio this September.
Conrade is played by David Jobson
Antonio is played by Paul Baker
Margaret is played by Jenni Watson
Jenni’s love of acting was ignited when she appeared as an extra in A Man for all Seasons whilst at Drama School. Over the years she has performed for Maskers, as well as many local groups, in a variety of settings. Her favourite roles include, Lady Booby (Joseph Andrews), Nancy (Sitting Pretty), Mrs Pearce (Pygmalion), the Contessa (An Italian Straw Hat), and in A Remembrance Anthology. Jenni is delighted to be able to act again (and with such a talented team) after an agonising absence of many months due to the Covid pandemic!
Ursula is played by Jo Fox
Balthasar is played by Chris Williams
Chris joined the Maskers just before the end of the last ice age. Due to work commitments he only manages to appear in Maskers’ shows about once every decade, so he is really looking forward to this production of Much Ado About Nothing.
He last appeared for Maskers in Treasure Island at Hamptworth Lodge in 2011 and before that in Flare Path at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey in 1989. So, in fact, once a decade is an exaggeration!
Dogberry is played by Marie McDade
Verges is played by Jo Iacovou
The Watch is played by Sue Dashper
The Watch is played by Angela Stansbridge
Angie has been a member of Maskers since 1973 and has enjoyed playing a wide range of parts, most recently in Twelfth Night (our first show at Townhill Park House), Don Quixote, Room at the Inn, Ten Times Table, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island and The Importance of Being Earnest. Angie is the Chair of Maskers so is always busy working with the committee on the smooth running and the creativity of the company.
The Watch is played by Jill Desborough
Fr. Fancis is played by Michele Zadra
Sexton/Lord/Messenger is played by Jill Desborough