Hearts Aflame – London

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Giving voice to great writing, WordTheatre® proudly presents a special performance for your delight – 

Hearts Aflame: An Evening of Love and Hate Letters from 12th Century Missives to 21st Century Emails with Piano & Torch Songs. 

A remarkable cast bring to life passionate, sweet, uproarious, scathing and devastating communiques that will leave you weeping with laughter and despair at the follies of the human heart. Created, produced and directed by Cedering Fox, Artistic Director of WordTheatre®.

 

 

FEATURED ACTORS & MUSICIANS

 

ACTORS

 

 

 

Jing Lusi co-starred in the film Crazy Rich Asians, released by Warner Bros. in 2018. Her extensive resume includes the new Amazon series The Romanoffs, Survivor, and Holby City, among many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Schwab is an actor and producer, known for Trust (2018), Annihilation (2018) and The Current War (2017). He has been married to Tamsin Schwab since 1994. 

 

 

 

 

 

Gethin Anthony attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Since graduation he has worked with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic and played Cyrano in ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at the Oxford Playhouse. On television he was a member of the huge cast in Game of Thrones (2011) as ill-fated contender Renly Baratheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bellamy Young is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as President Melody “Mellie” Grant in the ABC drama series Scandal. Notable appearances on Broadway include Cy Coleman‘s “The Life” and  the revival of Stephen Sondheim‘s “Merrily We Roll Along”, Randy Newman‘s “Faust” of Lanford Wilson‘s “Book of Days”. Other film credits include Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Mission Impossible lll and the television show Criminal Minds.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Cry Freedom) is an actor and comedian best known for his role as Geoffrey Butler, the butler on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from September 1990, until it ended in May 1996. Born in Saint Lucia, he moved to the United Kingdom when he was nine years old, and grew up in PeckhamSouth London. Marcell lives in BansteadSurrey

As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he appeared in productions of Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also appeared often on British television and in feature films.

He serves on the board of the Globe Theatre in London, where he featured in a nationwide production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. In July 2017, Marcell began rehearsals as Titus Andronicus for the La Grande Shakespeare Company in La Grande, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Potter ( Mr. Selfridge, Foyle’s War) Madeleine most recently appeared in Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC.

Other theatre includes: Royal Court:  The Kid Stays in the Picture, 4:48 Psychosis; West End: After Mrs Rochester, Madame Melville, An Ideal Husband; All My Sons, Southwark Fair (National); Electra (& Latitude Festival), The Internationalist, Shoot, Get Treasure, Repeat (Gate); The Waters Edge (Arcola); Broken Glass (Tricycle); Mother of Him (Courtyard); The Maidens Prayer (Bush); Tejas Verdas (Edinburgh International Festival); An Ideal Husband, The Master Builder, A Little Hotel on the Side, The Crucible, Metamorphosis, Getting Married, Slab Boys, Coastal Disturbances, Plenty (Broadway); Pygmalion (Roundabout, New York); Richard III (Shakespeare in the Park, New York); Playboy of the Western World, Sea Marks (Irish Rep, New York); Lydie Breeze, Abingdon Square (American Place, New York); Plough and the Stars (NYC, Ireland); As You Like It (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts); Hamlet (Folger, Washington DC); The Glass Menagerie (Fords, Washington DC); Hedda Gabler (Portland Playhouse).

Film includes: Four for Merchant Ivory, The Bostonians, Slaves of New York, The Golden Bowl, The White Countess; Love and Roadkill, Chosyu Five, Refuge, Muffin, Two Evil Eyes, Red Lights.

Television includes: Mr Selfridge, Foyles War, Houdini, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Caught in the Act, State of Play.

She has also performed in numerous radio plays.

 

Rhashan Stone (Carters Get Rich, Strike Back) is an American-born British actor and comedian. He is best known for appearing in many comedy shows such as Desmond’s and Mutual Friends. Stone is also a stage actor who has performed in numerous productions for The Royal Shakespeare CompanyThe National TheatreThe Royal Court and in London’s West End. His roles have included the heroic soldier Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, the drag queen Sanzo in Trance, Hero in the Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and the king’s brother Clarence in Richard III. Stone is a singer and musician in a wide range of styles, including jazz, soul and gospel. He is also a classically trained singer, musician and composer, and also works occasionally as a playwright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSICIANS 

 

Dorian Ford started playing jazz in his early teens when he began regular attendance at a weekly workshop led by trumpeter, composer, broadcaster and music writer Ian Carr.

Playing alongside many musicians who went on to form the backbone of the London jazz renaissance of the 1980’s, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he received the prestigious Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award. Piano studies were with Donald Brown, a regular in Art Blakey’s band at the time.