Magwitch / Joe Gargery the Blacksmith
Born and brought up in Leeds, Jonny moved to London in 1984 to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has lived down south, give or take a year or two back in Leeds, ever since.
Since leaving drama school Jonny has enjoyed a career in all aspects of the profession from West End plays and musicals, theatre tours, rep, film, television, and voiceovers where he has voiced many TV and radio campaigns.
Moving to the East Sussex countryside in 2010 Jonny took some time out to be a full-time dad, and with both children now grown up, returned to the profession playing Igor in the National Theatre’s production of THREE WINTERS directed by Howard Davies, The Premier of THE MOOR at the Old Red Lion Islington, HAPPY JACK at the Brockley Jack studio theatre, Oberon in MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT. He also filmed MUSKETEERS for the BBC, DOCTORS, LUCKY MAN, and AMERICAN MONSTERS. More recently he has been filming THE GIRL BEFORE again for the BBC, scheduled to be shown soon.
Jonny has just finished directing the UK premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s PRODIGAL SON with his now grown-up son and completed the role of Antony in an open-air summer production of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA in June 2022.
He’s back for the fourth time. Previous productions were ABSENT FRIENDS in 1994 and MOON OVER THE BREWERY in 2012 and 39 STEPS in 2021/22
Miss Havisham / Mrs. Hobble / Mr. Wemmick
Michelle Todd is an award-winning actress and soprano singer, performing on many prestigious international stages throughout her career, from leading theatre roles in London’s West End to Operas and classical music concerts in North America, Europe, India, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. She has been invited to perform on numerous occasions as a guest soloist with orchestras and chamber groups in North America and London, including various recordings with BBC Radio. Michelle has been delighting audiences across the globe with The Tales of Peter Rabbit.
Michelle trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include Ladies Of Letters (UK Tour); The Witch in INTO THE WOODS (Greystone Theatre Canada); Bess in BESS THE COMMONER QUEEN (UK Tour); Beatrix Potter in THE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER (Wilton’s Music Hall & Edinburgh Festival); Donna in PRAVADA (Leeds Playhouse); TWELFTH NIGHT (Exeter Playhouse); Soloist in CANADIAN IMAGES (Carnegie Hall); Desiree in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (York Musical Theatre Company); Beatrix Potter in THE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER (City of London Sinfonia); Natalia Stepanova in THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL (Bijoux Studio); Actress in THE GUARDSMAN (Persephone Theatre); Linda in CASH ON DELIVERY (Stage West, Canada); Sharon in MASTERCLASS (Citadel Theatre, Canada); Laurey in OKLAHOMA; Jacqueline in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER; Joanna Markham in MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM (Stage West, Canada); Connie in GOOD NEWS (Shaw Festival, Canada); Young Heidi in FOLLIES (Cameron Mackintosh Ltd). Film credits include COOL RUNNINGS (Walt Disney Pictures).
Mr. Jaggers / Mr. Pumblechook
Charles spent many years developing his skills as a character actor, touring the East Midlands with the renowned Lincoln Shakespeare Company Ltd, Indulgence Theatre Company and others. Amongst the many roles he has played are: The title roles in RICHARD II and HAMLET, Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Rev. Paris in THE CRUCIBLE, Brutus in JULIUS CAESAR, Octavius Caesar in ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA and Mr. Robinson in THE GRADUATE.
He has also performed on the London fringe as Bottom in The Movement’s production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; the title role in Malachite Theatre’s TITUS ANDRONICUS and as Sir Toby Belch in their touring production of TWELFTH NIGHT. He also traveled to Guangzhou, China with Malachite’s production of HAMLET, playing Claudius and the ghost of old Hamlet.
Charles has also played roles in several independent films and is currently involved in the multi-award-winning web series SELF HELP (Emlyn’s cat productions) playing the role of Gordon.
© Jennie Scott
Mrs. Joe Gargery / Herbert Pocket
Dominic recently graduated from East 15 Acting School. In 2019 he made his professional stage debut with The Oxford Shakespeare Company, where he played EDGAR LINTON in a new adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Since leaving drama school he has also performed as QUEEN MARY OF TEK in PUT IT IN THE CAR CYNTHIA (Barons Court Theatre) and CHARMIAN in ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA (Stockwell Playhouse). He has worked with emerging writers as both an actor and director performing in KILL THEM (Canal Cafe Theatre) and EAT FOR ME (Charity Event for CALM) and directing SPLINTER (King’s Head Theatre). Whilst training his credits include THE COUNTRY WIFE, BLUE STOCKINGS, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE HOMECOMING, and THREE SISTERS. More recently he has been working with children and young adults as both a workshop leader and director as well as touring for Hertfordshire Libraries in BOOK SLEUTHS IN A BIND, a play aimed at getting children back into their local library.
Estella / Molly
Naomi O’Taylor trained at Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg, Identity School of Acting and William Esper Studio. She is German-Irish and made her English-language stage debut in a production of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION in 2017. Since then she has appeared in numerous TV and film projects as well as stage productions such as GASLIGHT, CALENDAR GIRLS, and PLAZA SUITE. Most recently she performed the one-woman-play IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at Sprechwerk Theatre Hamburg.
© Saskia Allers
Gordon Griffin is the multi-award-winning narrator of around 950 audiobooks. His recordings include classics such as A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Dickens), THE ODYSSEY (Homer), DEAD SOULS (Gogol), NINETEEN-EIGHTY-FOUR (Orwell), GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (Swift) as well as modern writers like Hilary Mantel and Melvyn Bragg. In 2017 in the Birthday Honours, Gordon received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for his audiobook work. Next year Gordon will celebrate 60 years as a professional actor. Onstage he’s appeared in Shakespeare at the Chichester Festival Theatre and earlier this year played Kemp in Joe Orton’s ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE in London. He was also in the first UK National tour of GODSPELL. He’s appeared in countless TV series like FAMILY AT WAR, BYKER GROVE, and more recently THE CROWN. He also presented the very popular Children’s series PLAYSCHOOL and performed (as a singer) on the BBC’s TV series THE GOOD OLD DAYS. In 2021 his autobiography SPEAKING VOLUMES was published, followed soon afterward by the audio version – read by him! Gordon has a long association with the English Theatre having acted in MR FOTHERGILL’S MURDER in the late 1980s and he was, for 30 years, the London Casting Director for the Theatre.