Ian grew up in Lancashire and spent much of his teens youth hostelling in the Lake District. He saw many productions in the Blue Box – the Century Theatre’s mobile theatre which toured the North and was based in Keswick - and subsequently worked in it. Since then he has worked all over the UK and abroad – including USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Germany.
More recent theatre includes The Lower Depths (Arcola Theatre), Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Tempest (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Other Desert Cities (English Theatre of Frankfurt), The Shawshank Redemption and Rebecca (National Tours), Othello (Sheffield Crucible), The Life of Galileo and The Alchemist (National Theatre), Kes and Separate Tables (Royal Exchange), Uncle Vanya (Bristol Old Vic), Richard II and Coriolanus (Almeida Theatre – London, New York and Tokyo), Gates of Gold (Library Theatre) and One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre Coventry). Television work includes Wolf Hall, The Musketeers, Attila the Hun, Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Doctors, Foyle’s War and Life on Mars.
In this season at Theatre by the Lake Ian also appears in Handbagged.
This is Emma’s first season at Theatre by the Lake and she’s thrilled to be here working on this fantastic play with such a wonderful team and in such idyllic surroundings.
Emma’s previous theatre credits include: Flare Path (The Original Theatre Company); Iron (Old Red Lion Theatre); Macbeth (Icarus Theatre Collective); See How They Run King’s Theatre, Portsmouth); Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Company) and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Proper Job Theatre Company).
Other credits include radio drama The Darkest Shadow (Big Finish); short film The Perfect Body (True Tube) and various audio books for the RNIB. As well as being a professional actor, Emma also has a degree in Psychology, is a qualified infant school teacher and is currently working towards full membership of the British Institute of Interior Designers. She lives in West London with her very supportive husband Matt and she loves long country walks (and the pubs at the end of them), tending her allotment and cooking for family and friends.
Trained at LAMDA.
Theatre credits include: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Mrs Elton in The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre); Charlotte Ardsley in For Services Rendered (Union Theatre, Southwark); Rebecca Huntley-Pike in A Chorus
of Disapproval, Lady Constance in Summer Lightning, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Lady Falconbridge in King John, Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet (RSC); Charmaine in Sugar Daddies; (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Mrs Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound (Exeter Northcott Theatre); Shirley in Shirley Valentine (York Theatre Royal); Irene in Tear from a Glass Eye, Myrinna in The Invisible Woman (Gate Theatre); Joan in Cause Célèbre, Alice in Her Sister’s Tongue (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); Miss Baker in A Voyage Round my Father (Oxford Playhouse); Mrs Klein in Mrs Klein, Rose in Tom & Viv (Millstream); Maria in The Government Inspector (Bristol Old Vic); Esther Summerson in Bleak House (Shared Experience).
Television credits include: This Country, Unforgotten, Josh, Cardinal Burns, Quick Cuts, Doctors, Urban Gothic, London Bridge, Dressing for Breakfast, A Village Affair, The Bill, Big Battalions, Grange Hill, Labours of Erica, All in Good Faith, Mountain and the Molehill, Heart Attack Hotel, Freud, Something in Disguise, All Creatures Great and Small.
Film includes: 100 Second Marriage, Melba and The Year of the Bodyguard.
Theatre includes: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (English Touring Theatre/ Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi (Jagged Fence); The Love Girl & the Innocent (Southwark Playhouse); Friday Night Sex (Royal Court); The Village Bike (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck Theatre); 1984 (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Mechanism (Nabokov); Still.Blue.Sky (Liverpool Everyman); Absent Friends, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Abigail’s Party (London Classic Theatre); Project E – An Explosion, Project D – I’m Mediocre, Project C – On Principle,
Project B (Tristan Bates/ BAC, The Work Theatre Collective); All the Right People Come Here (Recorded Delivery); Franco Zeffirelli’s Absolutely (Perhaps!) (Wyndham’s Theatre); Speed-the-Plow (Broadway Theatre); Party Piece(Newcastle Playhouse); Dog Well Done (Edinburgh Festival); The Mousetrap (European tour); Charlie Sexboots (The Man In The Moon) and In My Shoes (Finborough Theatre).
Television includes: The Bill, Heartbeat, Heatwave, Murder in Mind, EastEnders, London’s Burning, Holding the Baby. Film includes: It’s About Time, Sonograph, Matinee, Jack Be Nimble.
Matt’s theatre credits include: Handbagged, Not About Heroes, Two, The Railway Children, The Blue Room, Dumb Show, Keep Smiling Through, The Snow Queen (Theatre by the Lake); War Horse (National Theatre); Aberystwyth Mon Amour (Lighthouse Theatre); To Dream Again (Theatr Clwyd/Polka Theatre); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Stones in His Pockets, When Harry Met Sally, The Sound of Music (Popular Productions); Private Resistance, Red Skies (Eastern Angles); Pythonesque, A-Team the Musical (Gilded Balloon); Come on Over (Old Vic New Voices); Boeing-Boeing (Comedy Theatre); In the Shadow of the Glen (Union Theatre).
Television includes: W1A, The British, Queen Victoria’s Men, Born Wilde, Doctors, Rose, Glan Hafren and Pobol Y Cwm.
Matt is a popular radio actor and audiobook reader and this summer will be recording a new interactive app of Lakeland poetry. Matt is a keen walker and plans to make a serious dent in his list of unexplored Wainwrights this season.
A professional actress for more than forty years, with experience ranging from community theatre and theatre-ineducation to main-stage theatre, radio, television and film. Skills acquired along the way include script-writing, directing and fire-eating.
Favourite theatre credits include: She Stoops to Conquer, Wild Honey (National Theatre); The Deep Blue Sea (Watford Palace Theatre); An Ideal Husband (Peter Hall Company, national tour); Tosca’s Kiss (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Amy’s View (Nottingham Playhouse).
She played Dr Baz in Casualty on and off for 18 years. Other television includes: Midsummer Murders, Doctors, A Touch of Frost, Not Going Out and Never the Twain. The last time she worked in the Lake District was on a BBC film Across the Lake about Donald Campbell playing opposite Anthony Hopkins.
She was reciter for the world premiere of The Woman and the Hare (Harrison Birtwistle/David Harsent, Nash Ensemble) and the recording received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance.
She has edited three anthologies, Poems and Readings for Weddings, Poems and Readings for Funerals and Poems and Readings for Christenings and Naming Ceremonies with Penguin Books.
She is proud to be co-Chair of the Actors’ Children’s Trust.