Theatre: Desperate Measures (Jermyn Street Theatre), Gatsby (Arts Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre/ Disney), Lady Windemere's Fan (Kings Head Theatre/ Ruby in the Dust), Bombshells (Jermyn Street Theatre/ Dippermouth) and The Last Laundress of Queensway (The Drayton Arms/ Troupe). 

Whilst studying at Cambridge productions included A Streetcar Named Desire, Cabaret, Merrily We Roll Along (ADC Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and Antony and Cleopatra (Cambridge American Stage Tour).

Film: The Brief History and Untimely Death of George III: Guinea Pig and Cracks.

Richard Soames is an actor, writer and comedian. He is one quarter of BBC Radio 4, Chortle-Award nominated sketch group The Beta Males and last year took his debut solo show to The Edinburgh Festival, where it received critical acclaim before transferring to London’s Kings Place Theatre. He also co-wrote and performed in The Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Nominated show The Story Beast.
His theatrical work includes roles in Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage, Dial M For Murder and Spring Awakening. Richard also improvises regularly and is a guest member of Austentatious.

He is currently developing new solo material and projects for radio and television. 


Benjamin has recently returned to London after an 18 month stint in the colonies. 

Whilst “Down Under” he performed as Edmund in King Lear; Bernardo, Guilderstern and Osric in Hamlet; Jason in God the Performance Review and John McArthur in Convict Footprints At Bella Vista Farm. 

This is his second time treading the boards with Grassroots Shakespeare London having previously played Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Trinculo in the Tempest. 

He is absolutely chuffed to be working with them again. 


John Pickard has worked within the creative industry for most of his 38 years. A child actor shooting over 40 commercials and working extensively for the BBC on a range of cult, classic shows including Grange Hill, Eastenders, Two Point Four Children which regularly had viewing figures of 14 million viewers. He has appeared in a range of continuing drama on Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and on 5, including Hollyoaks, The Bill and Family Affairs. In 2015, John played a guest lead in the BBC's Casualty (dir: Anthony Simms). 

Recent stage work includes Joey in Saxon Court (Southwark Playhouse), Glynn Stratton in Ayckbourne's Time My Life (Tabard Theatre), Andrei in Chekov's Three Sisters (Cockpit Theatre), Ben in Stroke Me (Finborough), Ged Murray in The Comedians (Chelsea Theatre), Colin in Saved (Bolton Octagon Theatre) and Chris in Tom Morton Smith's Abandonment (Soho Theatre). 

John is delighted to be making his debut with Grassroots Shakespeare.

Emily Jane Kerr is an actress and singer from Hertfordshire. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (BA Acting 2010). Since graduating she has been performing on stage and screen, and has also turned her hand to writing, having had several of her short plays performed in 2015. 

Emily has performed in many and varied venues, including Shakespeare’s Globe, The Hampstead Theatre and The Arts Theatre. Recent credits include: Call the Midwife (BBC), Delilah, in one woman show SMS (The Space), Sandra in web series Quirkology (Spearhead Media), Emilia in Othello, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Stephano in The Tempest (all Grassroots Shakespeare London), Julia in Waiting for Space (Trafalgar Studios), and Mary, the lead in the original cast of new musical Jog On (Tristan Bates). 

Emily is delighted to be back with Grassroots Shakespeare London for their long anticipated return to the West End. 

For more info and to find out what she had for breakfast, follow her on Twitter: @emjkerr.

Jim was an original member of the Hush-Hush Ensemble, performing classic plays in site specific areas in Deptford, S.E London. Hush-Hush Productions in which Jim performed include: Dr Faustus, Antonio in The Tempest, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Tamburlaine in Tamburlaine the Great Pt1 & Alsemero in The Changeling. He played Brabantio/Montano in Grassroots' production of Othello at Leicester Square Theatre.
Other Theatre credits include: Delio in The Duchess of Malfi (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Kent in King Lear (Tabard Theatre) & a new play Mercy & Redemption (Delirium).
TV: Call the Midwife, Sherlock, Dancing on the Edge (Stephen Poliakoff), Dr Who Christmas Special, Secret State, Law & Order UK, Torchwood, Murder on the Victorian Railway & Turn the World Down.
FILM: Adventurer Curse of the Midas Box, The Best Offer, Skyfall, 
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, The Manual, The Fallen Word & The Juror.

Jim is delighted to be back with Grassroots for Twelfth Night.


Tamaryn is best known to TV audiences as series regular Annalise Appleton on Hollyoaks, but since has worked on Casualty and on independent british features Vendetta and Stalled. Her stage work includes immersive work with Secret Cinema and Infinite Experience, classical work in Lorca's Blood Wedding and Ibsen's Ghosts and most recently at Shakespeare's Globe, and in new play Dark Tourism where she was nominated by the Offies for Best Female Performance in a supporting role.

Kit recently graduated from four years of drama school training at RADA and ArtsEd. In training, he played a range of roles from comedy to drama including the title role in 'Cymbeline' and the Duke in ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ directed by Sir Trevor Nunn.

 He also appeared in 'Vernon Godlittle', 'Punk Rock' and as Joe Keller in 'All My Sons'. He recently performed in a new writing satire called 'Big Brother Blitzkrieg' at the King's Head Theatre. 

Kit is very excited to be making his Grassroots debut. 

Chris is an actor, musician and writer.

Since graduating from the Manchester School of Theatre (2010) his career has been varied; from musical (The Last Five Years) to educational theatre (Wasted, Walking Forward), from comedy (All Our Friends Are Dead, Norris and Parker) to children’s theatre (Stig of the Dump, Image).

Last year he made his directorial and compositional debut on Peter Brook’s ‘The Man Who’ (CLF Art Café/Bussey Building), and is currently composing original music for comedy duo ‘Norris and Parker’.

Twelfth Night marks Chris’ debut with Grassroots and on the West End, a situation about which he is very happy indeed. 


Louis Labovitch is Anglo-American and has travelled extensively. He recently returned from Venice, having spent six months performing at the Teatro San Gallo in a variety of roles. In South Korea, he appeared in The Little Dragon an original musical for children and also worked as a children’s television presenter. Before that, he toured America for four years with the musical STOMP!

A multi-instrumentalist and singer/ songwriter, Louis’s stage credits include Peter Pan The Musical at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage and the title role in a touring production of Sherlock Holmes for The Pantaloons. He also played Lorca in the World Premiere production of Olives and Blood at Brixton East. Most recently, he toured in Leave Hitler To Me, Lad, which ended with a run in the West End at The Arts Theatre.

On screen, Louis plays Dr Edward Stanton in The Scopia Effect, a feature film due for release in 2016. A regular performer for BBC Radio, Louis recently recorded two series of Tales Of The City for Radio 4.

London born, Darrell Davy graduated from the Manchester School of Theatre with a BA in Acting in 2011 and since then has performed in a number of productions across a variety of mediums of performance. 

Theatre credits include: Gbatokai (Festen, ADC Theatre in Cambridge) and Othello (Moors Bar Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival). Darrell also made his Directorial debut in 2015 when he co-directed, produced, and performed in a four star theatre production of Peter Brooks' 'The Man Who' at the Bussey Building. His most recent credit includes playing an Imperial Officer and a Stormtrooper in Secret Cinemas: Star Wars Empire Strikes Back. 

This is Darrell's first production with Grassroots Shakespeare London and his West End debut.