Since cast member Sam Marks was kind enough to tweet from the first day of rehearsals yesterday, we thought we’d pick today to introduce you to the actor who is playing “Bushy” in the upcoming production of Richard II, directed by Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran and starring David Tennant in the title role.
Great 1st day of #richardii @TheRSC
– Sam Marks (@samueljmarks)
Sam Marks has an extensive resume of theatre credits, including RSC productions of A Christmas Carol, Measure For Measure, and Written on the Heart, which was also directed by Gregory Doran.
He has appeared in several television series – Law & Order (2003), Nighty Night (2004), and Foyle’s War (2010) – and the 2006 film Children of Men which starred Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.
David Tennant and Doctor Who fans may recognise Marks from his appearance in the Doctor Who series three episode The Shakespeare Code, where he played Wiggins, the young man who was courting the Carrionite witch Lilith. When Wiggins tries to kiss Lilith, she reveals her true face and he meets his unfortunate demise.
Marks’ Richard II character, Bushy, is a loyal friend to King Richard, and is usually grouped with Bagot and Greene – they are the king’s “yes-men” and tell Richard only what he wants to hear. Unfortunately, Bushy doesn’t survive the end of the play. Maybe Sam Marks should stop working with David Tennant – his characters don’t seem to get a great ending.
Sam Marks joins David Tennant as King Richard II, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt, Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Jane Lapotaire as the Duchess of Gloucester, and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke. The full cast list is available on the RSC website, and we will be updating our cast pages soon.
Richard II runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from the 10th October to the 16th November 2013, then transfers to the Barbican Theatre in London from the 7th December 2013 to the 25th January 2014. More than 100 UK cinemas will also be screening the performance on the 13th November as part of their Live from Stratford-upon-Avon season. International screenings have yet to be announced. For more on this production, see our dedicated pages.