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Christopher Hunter’s theatre credits include work with the RSC, the National Theatre, the West End, regional theatre and London’s fringe. He was in the National’s first new play at the South Bank; the RSC’s final performance at its Aldwych home; he was with the ESC when they opened the Globe Theatre in Tokyo and played Basov in the Chichester Minerva’s inaugural production of Summerfolk. The directors he worked with include Sam Mendes, Katie Mitchell, John Caird, Michael Bogdanov, Michael Attenborough, Terry Hands, Howard Davies, Peter Hall, and most recently with Neil Bartlett as Capulet in the RSC’s Romeo and Juliet, and Timothy Sheader in The Crucible. He has worked on films for Nic Roeg and James Ivory and with Marlon Brando and Samuel Jackson. His teaching and directing at drama schools include projects at East 15, Mountview, MMU and the Oxford School of Drama.

The Noontide Sun Theatre Company


As an actor, Hilary Townley‘s credits include leading roles in acclaimed productions for the RSC, the West End, Broadway and as a founder member of Deborah Warner’s award winning Kick Theatre. She has worked in TV and on radio.  She was a presenter for London’s LBC Radio.  She works for Independance, the pioneering Hip Hop dance production company. 

She has just launched a new company to develop FREEZ, the innovative new exercise programme based on Street Dance.


Andrew has been a professional actor for over 40 years and during that time has appeared in repertory and West End, two seasons at the National Theatre and numerous plays on Radio 4. His television includes Emmerdale, The Flambards and The Two of Us. His most recent theatre includes Elrond and Gandalf in Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. He has directed many plays and projects at leading drama schools and was Head of Postgraduate Acting at Mountview for three years. It is perhaps for his Shakespearean work with the RSC and the ESC that he is best known. He won the Manchester Evening News Award for best Actor 1988 for the title role in Richard III.

Lara graduated with distinction from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Awarded the John Elvery Prize for Excellence of Design. Lara is passionate in her aim to visualise and interpret a text through an exploration of space, colour and texture, creating costumes and sets with the aim to serve the play and the actors. Theatre Design includes The Red Shoes, Fugee (Library Theatre, Manchester); Innocence (Arcola); The Wiz (Royal Northern College of Music); What You Will, Salad Days, The Two Noble Kinsman (Bristol Old Vic); The Last Cinderella, South Side Story (Edinburgh Festival); Costume Design for The Revenger’s Tragedy (Southwark Playhouse) and Into The Woods, After Juliet (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). Lara is also a Lecturer on Huddersfield University’s Degree Course in Costume and Textiles and a regular guest designer for MMU Capitol Theatre.