Polly trained at Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre and with The National Youth Theatre. Polly is delighted to be returning to TBTL for her fourth summer season. Previous highlights include Dancing at Lughnasa, The Blue Room, Hay Fever, The Memory of Water, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Country’s Good, Private Lives, After Miss Julie and Cinderella. Other credits include Cooking With Elvis, Solace of the Road (Derby Theatre); The Borrowers, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, As You Like It (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Hansel and Gretel (Dukes Theatre Lancaster); The Heretic (Library Theatre, Manchester); Much Ado About Nothing, Dangerous Corner (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Saint Joan (Understudy National Theatre). Polly has toured with Dende Collective, The English Shakespeare Co. and Tour De Force; pantomimed in Harrogate and Tewkesbury and enjoyed engagements with Birmingham Rep, Worcester Swan Theatre and Northampton Theatre Royal. Screen credits include: Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Doctors, Casualty, Martina Cole’s Lady Killers, Back Up, Bulb, Large, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and feature film R.T.F.M. Radio credits include: The Ladies’ Delight, Aromatherapy, Tree Splitting, The Distance Between, Lulu, and Something Blue (BBC Radio 4). Polly is in development on a one woman show.
Frances trained at Webber Douglas and has a drama degree from the University of Hull.
Previous work at Theatre by the Lake includes The Emperor and the Nightingale, The 39 Steps, Abigail’s Party, Fallen Angels, and Swallows and Amazons.
Other theatre credits include A Brief History of Women, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Massacre at Paris (Rose Theatre), The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), Phyllis in The Railway Children (York Theatre Royal/ National Railway Museum), Private Resistance (Eastern Angles), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stafford Festival Shakespeare), Coal Not Dole (Tour).
Frances is an actor/director for Shakespeare’s Globe Read Not Dead project where she recently played Kate in The Taming of A Shrew.
Film/TV includes the most recent Elton John music video, A Good Heart, Stephen Poliakoff’s Capturing Mary (BBC 2), Mr Gibson (Project 7).
Audio work includes The Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes (Big Finish).
Training: Drama Centre London. Theatre credits include: Cordelia/ The Fool in King Lear, Viola in Twelfth Night, Queen of France in Henry V (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Masha in Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic Theatre); Faye in The Man Who Pays the Piper, Betty in The Stepmother (Orange Tree Theatre); Rosalind in As You Like It, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Iris Theatre); Helya in A Warsaw Melody (Arcola Theatre); Miranda in Shiver – The Tempest (National Theatre Studio/Theatre6); Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Courtyard Theatre). Film credits include: The Seasoning House (Sterling Pictures); Hush (Shire Productions); Help! I’m Trapped in a Movie! (Capiche Productions); Senet (11LittleFilms). TV credits include: The Cult (Channel 4). Radio credits include: Doctor Who: The Mask of Tragedy, Countermeasures (Big Finish Productions).
Richard last appeared at Theatre by the Lake a couple of years ago, in See How They Run!, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and She Stoops to Conquer, specializing in the playing of clergymen and servants. This year he is delighted to have been given the opportunity to broaden his range even further to include estate agents, golfers and Scottish people. Richard used to work in the high-level complaints department of a very wellknown telecoms company, but for the last 15 years has found the hand-tomouth existence of an actor much less stressful. Last year he toured the UK in Far From the Sea with Theatre Absolute, recorded the audio drama The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes as Doctor Watson for Big Finish Productions and played the Emperor of Peking in Aladdin at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. In his spare time he worries about Hull City Football Club and continues to await his long-overdue call from the England cricket team selectors.
Since graduating from Royal Welsh College in Cardiff, Ben has worked with dance companies in Germany, Greece and Cyprus, working with dancers from across Europe. In England he has worked with leading physical directors. He is very happy to be part of such an exciting collaboration with the company.
Born in Kingston- Upon-Thames on 4 January 1982, the son of Montessori Principal Wendy Patricia McPherson and Medeas Andreas Panagi, a Londonborn Greek Cypriot. Raised by his mother in rural Norfolk, he gained a scholarship to study at Rugby School before moving to London to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In 2013, he was offered the regular role of GP Dr Charlie Cavanagh in ITV’s Emmerdale, a character he continues to play. Jonny is a core ensemble member of multi-award winning, London-based theatre company The Faction. For The Faction: Strindberg’s Apartment, Twelfth Night, Mary Stuart, Miss Julie, Fiesco, Three Sisters, Blood Wedding, Hamlet, Thebes, The Robbers. Theatre: Economy of Thought (Assembly George Square); Write Me a Murder (Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre); Eddie and the Gold Tops, The James Herriot Story, A Yorkshire Christmas Carol, Hard Times (UK tour); Toad (Southwark Playhouse). TV/Film: Emmerdale, ’Til Death, Night Owls, Inhabit. Trivia: 1. Walked the 512-mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain; 2. Is a qualified wine taster; 3. Played Hamlet to Simon Russell Beale’s projected ghost.