Shakespeare's Globe

Duke Senior / Duke Frederick played by David Beames

As You Like It (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare

David returns to the Globe to play Duke Senior and Duke Frederick in the 2015 production of As You Like It.

David trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The Taming of the Shrew.

Other theatre includes: Happy Days (Young Vic); The Nether (Royal Court/West End);The Seagull (Headlong tour); Danton’s Death, Her Naked Skin, Fuenteovejuna, The Father, Peer Gynt, Richard III (National Theatre); Henry V, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3, Henry VIII, Richard III, The Broken Heart, The Spanish Tragedy, Zenobia, Camino Real, Son of Man, The Wives’ Excuse, Les Enfants du Paradis (RSC); Bloody Sunday, Justifying War, Called to Account  (Tricycle Theatre); Borderline, The Grace of Mary Traverse, Submariners, A Colder Climate (Royal Court); Macbeth, Feelgood (West End); Comedians, White Suit Blues, Touched (The Old Vic); Almeida: Festen (UK tour); Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint: UK and international tour); The Golden Dragon  (ATC).

Television includes: Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Holby City, Pie in the Sky, Boon, Casualty, Emmerdale Farm, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Rainbow, For the Greater Good, School for Clowns, Destiny, Fair Stood the Wind for France, Submariners, Justifying War, Collision Course, Maelstrom and Enemy at the Door.

 Film includes: Radio On, McVicar and Dark Water.

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“Duke Frederick is often seen as a villain - he’s not a very nice character it has to be said, but the reason for that is he’s a fish out of water. He’s banished his own brother. He’s become Duke, but he doesn’t actually know how to be one because he’s never had that responsibility. He doesn’t know how to behave, and behaves very badly because of that.”

In David’s second interview, he talks through his changing thoughts on his characters, his costumes and opening night.

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In his first interview, David talks though his initial impressions of the play, how he approaches playing two roles, and what's been happening in rehearsals so far.

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