From one magical role to another, Merlin actor Colin Morgan has been cast as mischevious spirit Ariel in a new production of The Tempest. The play – which is to be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre – will co-star The Thick of It’s Roger Allam as Prospero and I’d Do Anything hopeful Jessie Buckley as Miranda.
Following his five series run in Merlin, Morgan’s next project is BBC1’s Quirke in which he appears as Jimmy Minor in the three-part drama’s final episode. The actor recently took home the Best Actor Award at the National Television Awards for his starring role as Arthur’s right-hand man.
Morgan’s co-star Richard Allam is returning to Shakespeare following an Olivier Award-winning performance playing Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 in 2010.
The Tempest is just one of a raft of new shows to be staged at the Globe this season, including productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth as well as a version of ancient Greek tragedy The Bacchae (renamed The Lightning Child) which will feature songs from Doctor Who’s very own Arthur Darvill.
The Tempest will open at Shakespeare’s Globe on Tuesday 23 April.