Shakespeare's Globe

Julia played by Leah Brotherhead

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Leah trained at East 15 Acting School. 

Previous theatre includes: Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies (RSC/Aldwych Theatre/Winter Garden Theatre); Another Place (Theatre Royal Plymouth Drum); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Dr Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre); People Like Us (The Pleasance); DNA (UK Tour); Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre); Sum Zero (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); Produce Placement (Watford Place); Time Warner Ignite 2&4 (Waterloo East); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (Old Vic), Eye/Balls and Victory Street (Soho Theatre). 

Film includes: Jess/Jim

Television includes: Boy Meet Girls, Casualty, Vera, and Doctors. 

Radio includes: The Archers, I, Claudius, The Big Sleep, Danton’s Death, The Far Pavillions, An Incident at the Border, Showboat, Pilgrim, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Miss Mackenzie.

Leah is a BBC Carleton Hobbs Award Winner and played numerous roles with the BBC Radio Repertory company. 

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Touring 3 - SWP

"I think that's what the Director Nick Bagnall really wanted: there's three very different worlds that the different music really reflects: Verona, Milan and the forest. The music really helps focus those three worlds that our characters go through."

Coming home to the Globe to perform in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Leah talks about the importance of music in the production, adapting an outdoor show for an indoor space, and her favourite moments on stage.

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Touring 2 - UK

"And there was a big lake behind Waldour Castle, and we'd swim in the lake after the show! We've basically tried to swim in every place we've gone to: we've swum in the Danube, in Malmö. So we always had our swimming costumes with us, ready!"

As the production draws to a close, Leah reflects on the nature of touring, the challenges of performing outdoors on stage, and some favourite moments away off stage.

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Touring 1 - International

"We performed in the National Theatre of Serbia, and the actors there are contracted for that theatre in the until they die, I think! I mean it's a job for life! You're at that theatre and there are these old, actors like wandering around! And they were great, so we'd hang out with them after the show and that was brilliant."

Returning back to the UK after an international tour, Leah discusses playing at different venues, how Shakespeare translates across cultures, and the opportunity to perform in Hamlet's castle.

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Rehearsals and Touring

"I find when I play Julia in Verona, she's quite fidgety and she's quite restless and when she becomes Sebastian, a lot of her mannerisms change and I just felt that came naturally. And she does find some strength in being a man, even though she's going through quite a lot of turmoil. It anchors her."

Recorded on location during their Brighton performances, Leah discusses playing Julia and Sebastian, the rehearsal process, and the nature of touring productions.

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