Northampton’s whale of a time with Moby Dick

Published: 28 February 2024
Reporter: Steve Orme

The cast of Moby Dick

Nine actors and actor-musicians will bring to life a stage adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, a Simple8 and Northampton Royal and Derngate co-production which will tour after opening in Northampton.

The cast comprises Mark Arends (Ishmael), Jonathan Charles (ensemble), Hannah Emanuel (Starbuck), Syreeta Kumar (Manx), Hazel Monaghan (ensemble), James Newton (Flask), William Pennington (Stubb), Guy Rhys (Captain Ahab) and Tom Swale (Queequeg).

Royal and Derngate artistic director Jesse Jones who will direct Moby Dick said, “it’s a great pleasure to bring together this supremely talented ensemble of performers that I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room with.

“We’ll conjure the world of the play using their musical ability, dynamic physicality and powerhouse performances to breathe life into this poignant yet playful production. It’ll be a joy to see this production set sail on tour.”

Adapted by Sebastian Armesto, Moby Dick will be designed by Kate Bunce with lighting design by Johanna Town and musical direction by Jonathan Charles. Assistant director is Lau Batty.

Moby Dick will open at Royal and Derngate from Friday 5 until Saturday 13 April. It then tours to Perth, London, Ipswich, Newcastle, The Isles of Scilly, Blackpool, York, Malvern and Oxford until Saturday 22 June.

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  • Moby Dick - Based on the book by Herman Melville, adapted by Sebastian Armesto (Simple8 in association with Royal & Derngate)

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