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Spring 2018: The Taming of the Shrew - Actor Bios

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Carl Prekopp

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Carl’s recent theatre credits include: Queen Anne (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Bug (Found111), Love For Love, Queen Anne (RSC), Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Rivals (Arcola Theatre), The Saints (Nuffield Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Royal and Derngate), Roots (Donmar Warehouse), The Rover (Historic Royal Palaces), Love on the Dole (Jagged Fence), Ruffian on the Stair (Orange Tree), Richard III (Riverside Studios), Calendar Girls (Chichester/Noel Coward Theatre) and Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Norwich Playhouse).  His recent television work includes: Hard Sun (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC), No Offence SO2 (Abbott Vision), Doctors (BBC), Lewis (ITV Studios), Law & Order: UK (Kudos Limited) and Holby Blue (BBC). Carl’s recent radio appearances include: Ferrante, The Slow Kapow, Remorse, Burn Baby Burn, Pilgram, Roots, Tommies, The Tempest, The History of Titus Groan, Our Mutual Friend, HMS Surprise, The Worst Journey, My Cousin Rachel, Night Watch, The Brothers Karamazov (BBC) and The Half Bad Trilogy (Penguin). He directed the Afternoon Play Taken by Suzanne Heathcote for BBC Radio 4, and is a singer/songwriter and founding member of folk/rock band The Fircones, featuring The Likely Lads actress Brigit Forsyth.

Chris Donnelly

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Chris is delighted to be back with AFTLS, having performed previously in Twelfth Night, the title role in Macbeth, and, most recently, the double tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the company. Chris has also had the pleasure of being part of Andrew Hilton’s highly acclaimed, award-winning Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory theatre company ensemble since its inception in 2000, enjoying such roles as Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stephano in The Tempest, Iago in Othello, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Pompey in Measure For Measure, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Diomedes in Troilus and Cressida. He has also appeared severally in leading contemporary roles both in London, in rep and various tours.  Chris has also had many TV credits, including No Offence, Derren Brown – Faith & Fear, Prime Suspect, Vital Signs, Fat Friends, Silent Witness, and the character of Damion Spinks in Eastenders. Chris has also performed in many plays for BBC Radio 4, including Soldier Soldier, Call Waiting and Gilgamesh – all award-winning dramas.  Chris has gained much experience working extensively in schools and universities and presently runs the Education/Outreach arm of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. He teaches Acting and Voice on a freelance basis and directs/teaches at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School when available.

Evelyn Miller

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This will be Evelyn’s second tour with AFTLS, having previously appeared in the fall 2016 production of Richard III. Her theatre credits include: Jane Eyre (National Theatre, UK Tour); Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, Barbican London, China, BAM New York); Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic) and The Little Prince (Royal Opera House). She has taken part in research and development workshops at the Globe, and is a workshop practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Evelyn trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Lizzie Hopley

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Lizzie Hopley trained at Manchester University and RADA. Notable TV and film work includes Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, Pierrepoint with Timothy Spall, The Thirteenth Tale with Vanessa Redgrave, The Day of the Triffids with Dougray Scott and Eddie Izzard, and Randall & Hopkirk Deceased II. Her recent theatre work includes an international tour of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore with Cheek by Jowl and the RSC’s Roaring Girls Season, 2014. Other key work includes the first tour of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, as well as Punch and Judy (Jerwood Space with Simon Callow), Twelfth Night (National Theatre Tour) and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Young Vic). As a writer, her radio plays include Salome (Drama on 3), The Elizabethan Beauty Law (Radio 4) and The Cenci Family (starring Sally Hawkins, nominated for a Sony Academy Award and a Richard Imerson 1st Play Award). Her debut theatre play Pramface was awarded the Plat de Jour at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. Lizzie has delivered annual Shakespeare lectures at Oxford University’s Continuing Education Summer School since 2011. She conducts regular workshops for the RSC, and is an Associate Acting Tutor at Guildford School of Acting, where she directs the 2nd Year Shakespeare Showcase and 3rd Year Acting Showcase, and has designed the 2nd Year Professional Development Course.


Tom Kanji

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Tom’s theatre credits include: Box of Delights (Wiltons Music Hall); Fiddler On The Roof, Romeo And Juliet, The Story Giant, and The Sum (Liverpool Everyman Rep); Romeo and Juliet, Antony And Cleopatra, and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe, LA Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Doctor Scroggy’s War (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Tours, Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love (Tour, Shakespeare’s Globe and ETT); Cadfael - The Virgin in the Ice (Tour, Middle Ground Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival); A Russian Play (Lion and Unicorn); Hamlet (Tour, Northern Broadsides); Othello, The Importance Of Being Earnest (RMS QM2, RADA); Wild Horses (Theatre 503); Back of the Throat (Old Red Lion); The Girl, the Oil Pipe, and the Murder in the Forum, The Tempest (Tara Arts and Tours); Prints Of Denmark (Edinburgh Fringe, Mixed Company); Les Liaisons dangereuses (New Vic Stoke); and Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse). Tom’s television credits include: Tyrant (Fox TV); Silent Witness, and Hustle (BBC); Midnight Man (Carnival Film); and Saddam’s Tribe (Channel 4).