Lazarus Theatre Company
The Lazarus team expands from production to production, season to season, always with a core of ensemble artists and collaborators at the heart.
Ricky founded Lazarus Theatre Company in 2007 and has been Artistic Director since. He has directed over 30 productions for the company. In addition to his work with the company he also is a freelance director and practitioner working across a range of drama training organisations as well as offering text and audition technique workshops.
The best thing about theatre is: Theatre speaks of us, our World and humanity in all its glorious and revealing states.
Hailing from New Zealand, Gavin joined Lazarus Theatre Company in 2010 as Assistant Director for Hecuba. Gavin has directed 8 productions, including the award-winning production of The Tragedy of Mariam, the first professional production of the first play published under a woman’s name. Gavin is now producer for Lazarus’ work.
The best thing about theatre is: the communal experience. Theatre is a live medium able to be shared by all those present, and is shaped by those present.
Actors, creatives and collaborators, those who have made a significant and serious commitment to the work of Lazarus Theatre Company are invited by our Artistic Director to join us as Associate Artists. The partnership acts as a sound board, ideas and skill exchange and support network always developing each other.
Pauline was born in Uganda and later went onto Roehampton University after moving to the UK where she studied Drama and Theatre studies against her mother’s will. Whilst at uni, she joined Tara Arts theatre who helped develop her love for theatre —especially classical plays, by telling them in a way that is reflective of your culture/background and how you want to see it. It is for these reasons that Lazarus Theatre caught her eye and she has not looked back since... well, unless she’s reflecting on past pieces of course.
David was born in Germany but has been living in London for several years now. David first became involved in Lazarus in the summer of 2016, playing the Archbishop of Canterbury in Ricky's production of Edward II at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Since then he has had the joy of being involved in the residency at the Greenwich: Canterbury in Edward II again, Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream, Trinculo in The Tempest, Guard of Herodias in Salome and Macduff in Macbeth. David often has the privilege of being the Movement Captain of the cast; running warmups and the like once the show has opened. When not acting he enjoys going to the pub and saying hello to other people's dogs.
Nicola is a sound designer/composer for theatre and film. Lazarus Theatre credits include Lord of the Flies 2018 and 2019 (Greenwich Theatre); other selected credits are Miss Julie (Chester Storyhouse), Funeral Flowers (Camden Roundhouse), Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre) and White Pearl (Royal Court). Further credits can be found at www.nicolatchang.com
The best thing about theatre is: "People and ideas (and press night wine!)"
Micha is an actor, writer and voice artist based in the South-West. She trained at ALRA.
Previous Lazarus credits include: Prospero, The Tempest, Ricky Dukes, Greenwich Theatre. Andromache, Troilus & Cressida, Ricky Dukes, Tristan Bates Theatre. Nicanor, Coriolanus, Ricky Dukes, Tristan Bates Theatre. Exeter/Fluellen, Henry V (workshops), Ricky Dukes. Poheetohee, Polly, Sara Reimers, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre (rehearsed reading). One day, she would love to play Iago, do an outdoor Shakespeare and delve more into Greek mythology.
The best thing about theatre is: "The collective act of imagination. We are all (actors, creatives, audience) committing to play together, right here, right now. It's as simple and joyful as that."
Sorcha is a Costume Designer and trained at Rose Bruford College.
She has worked nationally, and internationally as set, costume and events designer; her skills and experience cover many different areas including opera, fringe theatre, musicals, installations and live events. Sorcha is passionate about finding the individuality, originality, and character of each new project. She aims to work collaboratively and thus inspire the most evocative design in the context of the piece.
Lewis Davidson is originally from Aberdeen, Scotland. He trained at Kingston University Drama and has over 15 years professional experience in classical theatre. He is trained in aerial performance and dance and also in stage combat at The Globe Theatre, London.
His first production with Lazarus Theatre Company was Macbeth at the Blue Elephant Theatre in 2011, he has since appeared in 8 Lazarus productions. Find out more here
The best thing about theatre is: "Getting lost on a journey in another time and world."
After a childhood of dance classes and Stagecoach, Alice trained at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts and Drama Centre London, the latter inspiring a deep love of Early Modern playwrights.
She first worked with Lazarus in their 2014 production of Henry V and has subsequently worked with them in The Bacchae, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Polly the Sequel and Macbeth.
Receiving further training as an instructor for the Academy of Performance Combat, she works at Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition running the sword fighting demonstrations.
The best thing about theatre is: "The best thing about theatre is that it’s a completely shared experience between audience and actors giving us the opportunity to laugh, love, live and learn together as a joined community."
Jonathon trained with the National Youth Theatre and latterly with renowned coach, Gary Condés. His stage credits with Lazarus include the covid-halted production of Hedda Gabler, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Jonathon has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their production #WeAreArrested and the Royal Opera House in Boris Godunov.
The best thing about theatre is...it's happening right in front of you. These insane events are unfolding and you're in the middle of it all, feet from real sweat and tears. You're in the room.
Ingvild graduated from the BA Acting course at Guildford School of Acting in 2017. Her stage debut in London was with Lazarus in early 2018, where she played Titania and Hippolyta in their production of Midsummer Night's Dream. Since then she's worked in TV, on stage, with shortfilm and workshops, and done several commercials. In January 2020, Ingvild starred in an episode of BBC'S Father Brown, and this autumn she will star in the upcoming HBO Max series "Raised by wolves", directed by Ridley Scott.
The best thing about theatre is: "The lifestyle, the sense of living you experience on stage and as an audience member and the life that is created on stage."
Bobby is a composer, lyricist, and orchestrator, who writes music for theatre, film, and dance performance.
He has worked on five productions with Lazarus: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (both runs), The Beggar’s Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest. He is currently working on next year’s production of Peter Pan. Find out more here.
The best thing about theatre is: "No two performances will ever be the same; always adapting, always changing."
Lata a theatre director, actor-musician and poet. She has assisted for Ricky Dukes on Lazarus productions twice, Salome (2019) and Macbeth (2020).
Lata is particularly interested in the musicality of classic texts. She specialises in working with actor-musicians. Lata is also a youth worker and creative practitioner, and is an advocate for young people: her theatre often explores situations that force children to mature. Lata's experience of watching online theatre during lockdown has made it clear to her that the most important thing about theatre is its liveness.
The best thing about theatre is: "People in a room, within spitting distance."
Jamie has been acting professionally in theatre and film for the last 5 years. Highlights from that time include the feature film 'Ghost' which recently released in America and playing Macbeth at the Greenwich Theatre with Lazarus.
Lysanne van Overbeek
Lysanne is a Dutch opera director working in the UK and all over Europe. In 2019 she directed the critically acclaimed I Capuleti e I Montecchi, an opera based on Romeo & Juliet, at the Arcola Theatre. Please visit www.lysannevanoverbeek.co.uk for more information.
Lazarus credits include: Edward II (Greenwich Theatre), Assistant Director; Measure for Measure (Greenwich Theatre, co-production with Bath Spa University), Assistant Director; and The Bacchae (Blue Elephant Theatre), Katrine.
The best thing about theatre is: "Being transported into a different world, a world where anything can happen and nothing is impossible."
THEATRE INCLUDES: Tom Buchanan, THE GREAT GATSBY, Jamie, ALL THAT, Kings Head Theatre, Caliban, in THE TEMPEST, Iris Theatre, Various in FUTURE VOICES, Southwark Playhouse, Niko in YOU FORGOT THE MINCE, Edinburgh Festival / UK tour;
Ralph Abernathy in The European tour of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MARTIN LUTHER
KING for TNT Theatre directed by Paul Stebbings; For Lazarus Theatre Company
Giovanni in TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE, Tamburlaine in TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT,
Coriolanus in CORIOLANUS, Agamemnon in TROILUS & CRESSIDA, directed by Ricky
Dukes and Gloucester/King Richard in RICHARD III directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra.
The best thing about theatre is: "It doesn’t care who you are, it has the power to lift, inspire and engage with all."
★★★★ "A smart and muscular revelation...
Its a double-bill that sweats ambition"
Time Out on Coriolanus and Troilus & Cressida