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We are thrilled that Uncle Vanya at the Hope Theatre was nominated as one of the top shows of 2019 by London Pub Theatres

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Tales Retold are an Offie nominated company producing theatre, film and television in London.

Here at Tales Retold we aim to:

Explore classic tales in innovative ways

Retell stories using modern parallels

Propose an alternative narrative to things that are.

Tales Retold, formerly Trifle Productions, was formed in in 2009.

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Cas is an Actress and Producer from Surrey. She read English and Drama at Sussex University and Drama Studio London. Producing includes: Estella (Theatre 6 mini tour), Uncle Vanya (The Hope Theatre), Soliman and Perseda, More Light (Rose, Bankside), Much Ado About Nothing (Rose and Crown in Ealing) and Safer (Tristan Bates Theatre), A Scent of Flowers, The Cherry Orchard (DogOrange: Brockley Jack) The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show (London, Brighton and Edinburgh).  She co created and produced outdoor summer company Permanently Bard (Twelfth Night at the Rose and Crown and Rose Bankside). She was awarded Arts Council funding for a Research and Development project Leaper: A Fish Tale with Hal Chambers at Tucked In Productions. Recent projects include: West End Transfer of Lovesong of the Electric Bear which won three Off West End Awards and Associate Producer on Steel Magnolias, Assistant on Brimstone and Treacle (The Hope Theatre) which has just won a Break a Leg Award for Best Production. 

Cas is a graduate of the Stage One Scheme for new producers: 

She worked for Ambassador Theatre Group in Marketing and for Film Producer Norma Heyman (The Thirteenth Tale, Mrs Henderson Presents). She is also a drama coach and teaches LAMDA exams.

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James is a freelance writer and director, based in Sheffield, UK. In April 2018, James’ first original long-form play, Paradise Road was produced by Tales Retold. It was developed at the Park Theatre Fine Mess Theatre's Bites and Scratches night and then premiered at Sheffield Library Theatre and he directed Offie nominated Uncle Vanya at the Hope Theatre in April 2019.



Matthew is an award winning Theatre Director, Actor and the former Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre. He trained on the Postgraduate Directing Course at Drama Studio London and Bretton Hall College, gaining a First Class Degree in Theatre Arts: Acting. Read more at: Matthew Parker — Official site for award winning director Matthew Parker



Laura trained at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), gaining a BA (Hons) in Dramaturgy. During this time, she worked as a Research/Production Dramaturg on varied projects including A Woman of No Importance and Eclipsed. Further training after university includes The Young Playwrights Course at the Royal Court Theatre, two years as a script reader for the Windsor Fringe Writing Festival and placements include stage/company management with the English Touring Theatre, Nick Brooke Ltd, and Theatre Royal Bath, Ambassadors Theatre Group.



Alice is an Offie Nominated Director and Dramaturge – educated at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and Bristol University, she began working at the Berliner Ensemble as both an actor and musician at a young age and toured Europe extensively.
She has worked as the assistant director for Inside Intelligence’s productions of Brendan Cowell’s Happy New, Trafalgar Studios and Fermin Cabal’s Tejas Verdes, St. John’s, Edinburgh Fringe 2013.
Other theatre credits include: Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (Berliner Ensemble), Wallace Shawn’s The Fever (Berlin, Germany), Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage (Linz, Austria), Jules Horne’s Allotment (Edinburgh Fringe First winner 2011), Christopher O’Shaughnessy’s The Ruth Ellis Show (Goldsmith’s University, London, UK), Eleanor Appleton’s The Terrace (NOC@Nooks, London, UK).
Most recently she has directed the memoir adaptation of the bestseller The Accidental Caregiver by Gregor Collins at the Robert Moss Theater in New York, US. A revival for this is in planning for Summer 2016. Alice is currently in development on Callum Crouch’s ‘The Third’ as well as Being Offie Nominated for Best Director on ‘Chummy’ (White Bear).
Alice was Assistant Director and Fight Choreographer on Cold Callers. She is working on Five Goes Killing with Tales Retold as director.



Rich has directed Jonas and Jacinta (Twisted Mirror TV), Cold Callers (Amazon Prime) and most recently Faces of the Dead for Tales Retold and his company Funky Sputnik Productions. Rich runs Funky Sputnik Productions and they create, produce and inspire film production from large to small.



Mathias is an Actor and Writer from Leeds. He trained at Drama Studio London. John co wrote Cold Callers (Amazon Prime) and Gold and Silver which is in development. He has appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.



Brendan Murray has collaborated with Tales Retold twice now adapting Antigone and Uncle Vanya for us. His website is:



Carly co wrote Cold Callers and Gold and Silver for Tales Retold. She also appeared in Soliman and Perseda in 2010 at the Rose Bankside.

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Matthew is a flexible comic and dark actor, currently starring in multiple series' including ‘French Toast'. Trained at Webber Douglas Academy, Matthew entered repertory at The Orange Tree Theatre. Playing on such high profile stages as The Southwark Playhouse, The Kings Head, The Old Red Lion, Theatre 503, National Theatre Wales, and The Globe. He played the lead in Faces of the Dead which he was nominated for Best Actor Award.

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DK trained at DSL. He played Astrov in our Uncle Vanya in 2019. Screen includes: Lao Wai (2018)Dupris and Durrell (2020) and The Medicine Man (2014).



Mara graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in 2019. Theatre credits: Mickey/Mrs Alexander (The Night Watch, The Original Theatre Company), Witch 3/Fleance (Macbeth, The Globe Theatre, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production), Henry V (Henry V, OVO production at The Maltings Theatre), Titania/Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Changeling Theatre Company), Olivia Dadzai (Jacaranda, The Pentabus Theatre Company) and Dido (An Octoroon, The Abbey Theatre Dublin).

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John Foster is a playwright and screenwriter. He has written Faces of the Dead short film and Flesh which was staged by Tales Retold.

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Estella, Co Production with Theatre 6, 2021 Dir Kate McGregor 

Flesh, Co Production with Riverhouse Barn, 2020 Dir David Rowan 

Uncle Vanya, The Hope Theatre, 2019 Dir James Stone 

Paradise Road, Library Theatre Sheffield, 2018 Dir James Stone 

Antigone, The Hope Theatre, 2016 Dir Matthew Parker 

Ernest or Much Ado About Muffins, Co Production Edinburgh Festival 2013 Dir Pamela Schermann 

Safer, Tristan Bates Theatre, 2010 Dir Benjamin Bate 

More Light by Snoo Wilson, Rose Bankside, 2010 Dir Chris Hislop

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in the Garden, 2010 Dir Sharon Willems 

The Tragedy of Soliman and Perseda, Rose Bankside, 2009 Dir Sophie Hickman 

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