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World Premiere Casting for Agnes and Hope


Two talented junior school pupils have been cast in a brand-new community production coming to York in the summer.  

Agnes (Year 6) and Hope (Year 5) will star in the world premiere of Sovereign, a brand-new adaptation by Mike Kenny, based on CJ Sansom’s best-selling novel of the same name.  

The story is projected through the voices of the York community and features an impressive cast of local talent and choir performers, alongside professional actors. 

Juliet Forster, Mingyu Lin and John R. Wilkinson will direct the production being staged by York Theatre Royal. Set outdoors in the grounds of York’s historic King’s Manor, the producers say to expect theatre on a grand scale, full of intrigue, conspiracy and a thrilling night out. 

Agnes and Hope will feature as part of the children’s ensemble after successfully passing a rigorous 3-stage audition process. Both girls take LAMDA classes at The Mount School and are active members of the Junior School drama department. They will play the parts of Tigerlily and Tinkerbell respectively in our forthcoming production of Peter Pan.  

At The Mount we do not have Saturday school lessons to allow pupils to pursue their passions to the fullest, enabling them to participate in exciting opportunities such as this. 

You can catch Sovereign as part of the Theatre Royal’s Summer Sovereign Season between Sat 15 July and Sun 30 Jul 2023. Tickets start at £45 (£15 for children) and are available online or at the Theare Royal Box Office. 

Sovereign Synopsis: 

The year is 1541.  Lawyer Matthew Shardlake awaits the arrival of Henry VIII who is travelling to York in spectacular style to display his power and ‘sort out’ the northern rebels. Tasked with a secret mission, Shardlake is protecting a dangerous prisoner who is to be returned to London for interrogation. 

But when the murder of a York glazier plunges Shardlake into a deep mystery which threatens the Tudor dynasty itself, he must work against time to avert a terrifying chain of events. 

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