Stephen Chance - Ferris


Stephen trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has appeared in many theatre productions, most recently as as Adolf Hitler in BIG BROTHER BLITZKRIEG at the King’s Head Theatre, London, as Sherlock Holmes in SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE INVISIBLE THING at the Steiner Theatre, London, and as Inspector Goole in AN INSPECTOR CALLS, touring the UAE. Television appearances include THE BILL (ITV), GENIE IN THE HOUSE (Nickelodeon), CASTLES IN THE SKY (BBC), THE CROWN (Netflix), LIFE OUTSIDE THE FRAME (1848 Media) and GENIUS: EINSTEIN (National Geographic). Feature films include KILL KEITH (Metrodome), THE SHADOW WITHIN (Intandem Films), THE HAUNTING OF RADCLIFFE HOUSE (Great Point Media), GALLIPOLI: END OF THE ROAD (Warner Bros.), COBRA SPY (Velocity Films) and ME BEFORE YOU (MGM). As a voice artist, Stephen plays Dr Horatio Sands in THE OTHERWORLD virtual reality system, and narrates the ongoing web series DECONSTRUCTING FUNNY. Stephen has previously appeared at The English Theatre in I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (2003), LONDON SUITE (2005), DOUBT (2008), CAUGHT IN THE NET (2008), BIRTHDAY SUITE (2009), DON'T MISUNDERSTAND ME (2010), TOUCH AND GO (2012), ANYONE FOR BREAKFAST? (2014), BOEING BOEING (2017) and HERE LIES JEREMY TROY (2018).

David Habbin - Henry



David attended Mountview Theatre School after which he joined the company of LES MISÉRABLES at the Palace Theatre, London playing Combeferre and Marius and also featured in musical feature film JULIE AND THE CADILLACS. He then played Tony in the London revival and UK tour of the original production of WEST SIDE STORY, directed by the show’s co-creator Arthur Laurents and performing the role in over 500 performances over 2 years. He continued classical vocal training at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester which led to joining the company of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Operatic roles with various companies include Alfred, DIE FLEDERMAUS, Ernesto, DON PASQUALE, Fenton, FALSTAFF, Pinkerton, MADAM BUTTERFLY, Alfredo, LA TRAVIATA. David was a member of crossover vocal group, AMICI FOREVER performing in many major concert venues across the world from Sydney Opera House to The RAH. Their debut album with Sony BMG, ‘The Opera Band’, achieved gold status in the UK, double platinum in Australia, triple platinum in New Zealand and was named as the number 2 Classical Crossover album for 2004 in the United States. In the summer of 2004 they recorded and performed the BBC’s Olympic coverage theme tune and their follow up album ‘Defined’ was released in 2005 with combined album sales of 2 million worldwide. In concert David was the soloist for the Raymond Gubbay WHITE CHRISTMAS concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Concert Hall and with John Wilson and the RTÉ Orchestra he played Tommy Albright in BRIGADOON at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Recent stage roles include Mr Stevens in the award winning CARRIE- THE MUSICAL (Southwark Playhouse), CLOSER TO HEAVEN (Union Theatre) and a workshop of a new musical SIX NIGHTS IN NAPLES (Charing Cross Theatre).

Debbie Radcliffe - Angela


Debbie went to Exeter University (BA Hons Drama & English) and began her career by working in Rep (Second City, Birmingham; Redgrave Theatre, Farnham & the Orchard Theatre) followed by a variety of major roles in medieval plays, Shakespeare and modern classics. Acting work has taken her to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia, Malta, Thailand, Singapore, the Middle East as well as towns and cities throughout England, Wales and Scotland. One of her favourite European cities is Hamburg, so she is delighted to be enjoying her eighth season with The English Theatre, and her third Derek Benfield production, having played Hilary in TOUCH AND GO (2012) and Shirley in ANYONE FOR BREAKFAST (2014). Last winter (2018-19) Debbie played Kathryn Troy in HERE LIES JEREMY TROY. Favourite roles throughout the years include Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Lady Macbeth in MACBETH, Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Nell in PASSION PLAY, Alison in LOOK BACK IN ANGER, Antonia in THE OPEN COUPLE, Amanda in PRIVATE LIVES, Madame Arkadina in THE SEAGULL, Helen Damson in THE GIFT OF THE GORDON, and Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Earlier this year Debbie was transformed into Theresa May for a short film that was part of an art student’s degree in makeup and prosthetics. She has recorded several roles for the British Council’s Learn English Radio, the latest being a strident landlady in a series called “The Merton Mysteries.” Debbie also works as a freelance community planner for a firm of architects. She is an artist, researches local history, and has written several articles for the Royal Society of Chemistry about a 19th century desalination pioneer who happened to live in her house in London in the 1850s. She is a community activist and campaigner at home, being a founder member and current Chair of BRAG, the Bloomsbury Residents Action Group.

Jan Hirst - Judy


Jan trained at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Theatre credits include Berthe in BOEING BOEING, Edna Chapman in NO DINNER FOR SINNERS, Jane in ANYONE FOR BREAKFAST, Sheila in RELATIVELY SPEAKING, Margery in DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME, Mary in CAUGHT IN THE NET, Sister Aloysius in DOUBT (All for The English Theatre of Hamburg); Mother in THE UNLOST (The Arcola); Isabella in THE SPANISH TRAGEDY (Rose Theatre); Mrs. Adams in BE MY BABY (Union Theatre); Miss Clemson in LITTLE BOY (Cuc, Liverpool); Mrs Murphy in WINDERMERE (Actors Studio, Liverpool); Valentina in STARS IN THE MORNING SKY (Riverside Studios); The Minister in ONE NINETEEN (The Arcola); Susan in ABIGAIL’S PARTY, Ruth in ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN (Wolverhampton Grand); Sister George in THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (Northern Lights Theatre Co.); Mary in TABLOID CALIGULA (Union Theatre); Angela in SKYSCRAPING (Soho Theatre); Ghost of Christmas Present in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Wimbledon Theatre/Gala Theatre, Durham); Miss Tesman in HEDDA GABLER (Greenwich Playhouse).

TV and Film work include Maria in INDULGENCE, Traveller in MURDER MAPS; Old Woman in THE FOG; WPC Jenny Liddell, THE SUN POLICE FEDERATION AWARDS; Marion in THE COST OF LOVE, Dorothy in TOTAL REACTION (Indie Award of Excellence); Eileen in ACCIDENTAL HEROES (BBC1); Sarah in MY DARLING WIFE (Straight Curve Production) BAFTA Nominated 2008; Janet in THREE MINUTE MOMENTS (All Enquiries Productions); Lady Cromwell in SECRETS OF THE DEAD (Channel 4). Various commercials include most recently featuring for BAYER, BRITISH TELECOM and O2. Jan is absolutely delighted to be back in Hamburg and performing once again at The English Theatre.

Gil Sutherland - Mr Johnson


Gil has enjoyed a long career as a jobbing actor since he graduated from Webber Douglas in 1961, appearing regularly in stage productions, TV plays and series over many years. His stage roles in the last twenty years have ranged from Colonel Galotti in Lessing’s EMILIA GALOTTI, Vanya in UNCLE VANYA, Inspector Truscott in Joe Orton’s LOOT, Victor Velasco in Neil Simon’s BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, The Vicar in CONFUSIONS by Aykbourn, Sir Alexander Wengrove in THE ROARING GIRL by Thomas Middleton. During 2009 he filmed a TV pilot called PROJECT BLACK BOOK, playing the role of David Johnson, Special Operations Director of MI6. More recent stage appearances have been as Professor Serebryakov in a highly praised production of UNCLE VANYA for Act Provocateur International and Leo in COUNTERFEIT SKIN by Jason Charles at the Courtyard Theatre. He also played the role of The Conductor in a film entitled THE CARETAKER’S SYMPHONY, directed by Ian Gray for Grayscale Productions. During 2011 he played Dr Barry and Mr Ducie in the successful stage adaptation of E. M. Forsters’s MAURICE at the Stag Theatre. Colonel George Romero in the film ATOMIC MONSTERS FROM MARS, also the Painter in GODLESS NIGHTS, another film for Grayscale Productions, and Peter Stanley in THE STRANGE KILLING OF HARRY STANLEY for Bright Talk Media. Back onstage in 2013, he played Sir Isaac Skinflint in A WILL AND NO WILL and Sir Simon Loveit in A MISS IN HER TEENS, two restoration farces, followed by AFRICAN GOTHIC at the Arcola Theatre. He completed three feature films: TWO DOWN, A MISS IN HER TEENS and POV. In 2014 he played Otto Muller in BLIND EYE at Theatre 503, Kenny, in a new black comedy, ALMOST THE BIRTHDAY PARTY by Paul Kalburgi at a festival of new writing at the Etcetera Theatre. His most recent theatre was as Polonius in a controversial production of HAMLET at the Bussey Building in Peckham in 2015/16. He has just completed shooting a Bollywood feature film, SURULLI. He is thrilled working with The English Theatre of Hamburg.

Blake J Askew - Edgar


Blake trained at the renowned National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa upon which after he made his stage debut age 22 playing a 13 year old in THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE. While in South Africa, theatre includes James Vane in THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY and Rabbit in WINNIE THE POOH. Upon returning to the UK, theatre includes INHERIT THE WIND (Old Vic), Puck in national tour of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Yepikhodhov in THE CHERRY ORCHARD (White Bear theatre), Borachio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Henry Higgins in PYGMALION (east German tour), Ensemble in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Tricycle Theatre), Senator Gallagher in CALL ME MADAM (Union Theatre), and most recently Ralph Devine in AUNTIE MAME (Lost Plays/ Musicals- RADA STUDIOS). Blake is also a trained opera singer specializing in German repertoire- in particular the works of Wagner and Strauss. He has most recently sung Act 1 of DIE WALKURE in concert in London, Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Leon in LA MERE CUPABLE (Grimeborn Opera Festival).

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