Lazarus Theatre Company Announces CJ de Mooi in The Taming of the Shrew



CJ de Mooi returns to Lazarus Theatre Company for The Taming of the Shrew…

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

Lazarus Theatre Company are proud to announce that CJ de Mooi of Eggheads fame returns to the company to play the iconic role of Gremio in our epic new production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

“I am so thrilled to be returning to Lazarus Theatre but I’ll admit to being rather nervous too. Classical theatre, especially Shakespeare, is such a challenge for any actor and Lazarus is very much the gold standard. Ever since seeing Burton and Taylor in the film adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, I’ve always wanted to be a part of a production and Gremio is such a fun role to play. I only hope I can do old greybeard justice!” CJ de Mooi on the announcement of his casting.

CJ de Mooi’s previous Lazarus credits include Thersites, Troilus and Cressida and Menenius, Coriolanus, at The Tristan Bates Theatre. Previous credits include Simon, Guilty Pleasures, Stephen Leatherland, National Tour. Ms Axel, Geek!, Jamie Chapman Dixon, Tristan Bates Theatre. Arnold, The International Stud, Dan Phillips, Edinburgh C Venue. The Stranger, The Renata Road, Ed Greenberg, Feature Film.

Best known from the long running BBC show Eggheads, CJ is an actor with many stage and screen credits to his name.

Making their Lazarus Debut, Charlotte Dowding (Francine, Clybourne Park, Max Key, The Karamel Club. Landlady, The Good Person of Szechwan, Katie Henry, Bridewell Theatre.) takes the role of Katherina.

Samuel Lane (Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Haf Gardner, Young Shakespeare Company. Will Bennett/Dr Maudsley, Blue Stockings, Sarah Hayhurst, The Cockpit Theatre.) plays the role of Lucentio.

Sabrina Laurison (Alice, Feast of Fools, Myles Horgan, Theatre N16. Amy, Insane, Danielle Imara, Leicester Square Theatre. Luna, Eclipse, Nick Young, The Station) and Rachel Smart (Squidge, Cold Front, Dilek Latif, The Vaults. Cobweb, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alexandra Spencer-Jones, River Stage: National Theatre.) take on the roles of Bianca and Biondello/Gremio respectively.

Evangeline Dickson (Mrs Millenium, Urinetown, The Musical, Josh Seymour, Pleasance Theatre. Shen Te/Shui Ta, The Good Person of Szechwan, Katie Henry, Bridewell Theatre. Malcolm, Macbeth, Zoé Ford, Karamel Club.) plays the role of Tranio.

While Shiv Rabheru (Cy, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Jonathan Butterell, Sheffield Crucible. Mr. Mistoffelees, CATS, Trevor Nunn, UK and European Tour. Dawn Bush, (Chorus, Henry V, John-Robert Partridge, Tread the Boards at the Attic Theatre, Stratford-on Avon. Miss Prism/Lane/Merriman, The Importance of Being Earnest, Michelle Shortland, Dot Productions tour.) Gareth Balai (Ensemble, Misa Criolla, Jonathan Griffith, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Dorian Gray, Wilde at Home, David Grant, Mary MacArthur Theatre.) and also returning to the company Mathew Foster (Previous Lazarus credits include; Achates, Dido, Queen of Carthage, France in King Lear, Greenwich Theatre. Other credits include; Richard, Dream Girl, Kris Hallett, Old Red Lion. Ensemble/Understudy, Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies, Jeremy Herrin, RSC West End & Broadway) take on the roles of Hortensio, Baptista, Sly and Petruchio respectively.

Shakespeare’s Shrew…

Kate talks too much; at least, that’s what the men of Padua think. So they persuade Petruchio to marry her and bring his wilful wife to heel. Part farce, and part tragedy, The Taming of the Shrew dramatises society’s attempt to control and one woman’s bid to resist.

Lazarus is an award-winning Theatre Company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience. The Taming of the Shrew is directed by Lazarus Theatre Associate Director, Sara Reimers.


Dates 18th July – 5th August, Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm

Venue The Jack Studio Theatre

Tickets £15.00, £12.00 (Concessions) £10 (Previews 18th and 19th July) To Book

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Katherina – Charlotte Dowding

Petruchio – Mathew Foster

Bianca – Sabrina Laurison

Lucentio – Samuel Lane

Tranio – Evangeline Dickson

Hortensio – Shiv Rabheru

Biondello/Grumio – Rachel Smart

Gremio/Pedant – CJ de Mooi

Sly – Gareth Balai

Baptista – Dawn Bush


Written by William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Sara Reimers

Costume and Designed by Rachel Dingle

Lighting Design by Stuart Glover

Movement Director – Julia Cave

★★★★ “Lazarus’ double bill of Troilus & Cressida and Coriolanus, is a muscular reimagining of two of Shakespeare’s most contentious tragedies”

Female Arts on Troilus & Cressida and Coriolanus

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