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Many congratulations to two former York College acting students, Samuel Edward-Cook and Toby Gordon, for landing roles alongside the French star of stage and screen Juliette Binoche in Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, directed by Ivo van Hove, at the Barbican in London.

Ivo van Hove Antigone Samuel Edward-Cook and Juliette Binoche image credit Jan VersweyveldWEB

Photograph credit: Ivo van Hove, Antigone, Samuel Edward-Cook and Juliette Binoche, image credit Jan Versweyveld

The London performances marked the first time that Samuel and Toby had worked together in seven years, since their student days at York College, studying the National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting).  Then, Samuel was better known as Sam Coulson, performing in numerous amateur performances in York.  He progressed from York College to RADA and has since performed professionally on television, in films and on the stage.  More recently Toby has graduated from LAMDA and this is his first professional role in London.

Samuel plays the role of Haimon, wheras Toby secured the role only a week before opening night, playing both the body of Antigone’s brother, Polyneikes, over whom Juliette Binoche’s Antigone mourns, and the Boy, who leads the blind prophet Tiresias.

This highly acclaimed production has now left London for an international tour, taking in Paris,the Ruhrfestspiele festival in Germany, as well as the King’s Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival (9th – 22nd August) and then moves onto the United States.

York College Performing Arts tutor Tony Ravenhall is delighted to see Sam and Toby acting in such a high profile international touring production, He comments: “Whilst at College Sam and Toby were great friends. Each of them had terrific stage presence and an intelligent approach to performance. Since leaving RADA Sam has had many credits to his name and Toby is now starting his professional acting career. I am delighted that they are both doing so well.”

The production was recently filmed for BBC Four and is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Production tour dates:

Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, France
22 April – 14 May

Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen, Germany
21 – 24 May

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, UK
9 – 22 August

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), New York, USA
BAM Next Wave Festival 2015
24 September – 4 October

Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
9 –10 October

University Musical Society / Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
14 – 17 October

Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA
22 – 25 October

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