Neil Sheppeck - Artistic Director
is the founder and Artistic Director of Love&Madness. Directing credits for Love&Madness: Macbeth, Sweetness Follows, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Playboy of the Western World, Frankenstein, Mirror Magic Market Tales, La Ronde, In Lambeth, A Taste of Honey, Fool For Love and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Acting credits for Love&Madness: Macbeth, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Hard Times, Twelfth Night, Wuthering Heights, Henry V, The Tempest, Frankenstein, Only When I Laugh!, Fool For Love and Richard III.
His first play Sweetness Follows ('Sheppeck has written a truly shocking drama about love' - British Theatre Guide) was presented by Love&Madness at The Edinburgh Festival in 2002. Other plays include Two Noblemen of Norfolk , and adaptations of Schnitzler's La Ronde and Dostoyevsky's The Gambler.
Irene East - Casting Director
Irene has been casting for Love&Madness since 2003. She has cast Romeo and Juliet (2003), Hard Times, Twelfth Night, Wuthering Heights, Henry V, Playboy of the Western World, The Tempest, Frankenstein, La Ronde, Oliver Twist, Mirror Magic Market Tales, Only When I Laugh!, Macbeth (2009), Ajax, A Skull in Connemara, Project X, Romeo and Juliet (2009), A Taste of Honey, Fool For Love, Richard III, Demi-Monde and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Contact her at: IrnEast@aol.com.
Our associates are artists who have been involved with three or more projects, and contributed to the development of Love&Madness.
Nicky Bunch - Associate Artist
Nicky has designed many shows for Love&Madness. Twelfth Night, Wuthering Heights, Playboy of the Western World, Frankenstein, Oliver Twist, La Ronde, Macbeth, Ajax and A Skull in Connemara.
Catriona Craig - Associate Artist
Catriona began with Love&Madness in 2004 by directing Hard Times. Since then she has directed Wuthering Heights, Henry V and A Skull in Connemara. She also adapted Frankenstein for the company and is presently Sectretary on the board of Directors/Trustees.
Kim Gilchrist - Associate Artist
Kim co-directed Macbeth (2001), Othello and Romeo and Juliet with Neil.
Arran Glass - Associate Artist
Arran has performed in Twelfth night, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, Macbeth, Ajax, Project X.
Paul Green - Associate Artist
Paul has designed the lighting for many shows for Love&Madness. Mirror Magic Market Tales, Only When I Laugh, Macbeth, Ajax, A Skull in Connemara, Romeo and Juliet, A Taste of Honey, Fool For Love, Richard III and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Lynn Jeong - Associate Artist
Lynn designed the lighting for In Lambeth and Project X, technically managed and re-lite Only When I Laugh!, and technically managed Mirror Magic Market Tales, Macbeth, Ajax and A Skull in Connemara.
Nicholas Kempsey - Associate Artist
Nik has performed in Romeo and Juliet (2003), Twelfth Night, Wuthering Heights, The Tempest, Frankenstein, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Richard III.
Lucia McAnespie - Associate Artist
Lucia has performed in Henry V, Playboy of the Western World, Oliver Twist, La Ronde, Macbeth, Ajax and A Skull in Connemara. She assisted the direction for the tour of Skull in Connemara.
Iarla McGowan - Associate Artist
Iarla has performed in Henry V, Playboy of the Western World, Macbeth, Ajax, A Skull in Connemara, Richard III and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Callum O'Neill - Associate Artist
Callum has performed in Macbeth (2001), Othello, Sweetness Follows, Twelfth Night and Wuthering Heights.
Patrick Regis - Associate Artist
Patrick has performed in Othello, Romeo and Juliet (2003) and Frankenstein.
Jack Shepherd - Associate Artist
Jack has directed The Tempest and Ajax; and performed in Only When I Laugh! and In Lambeth. He also wrote in the script for Demi-Monde, devised with the Ensemble.
Matt Sim - Associate Artist
Matt has performed in The Tempest, Frankenstein, Mirror Magic Market Tales, Macbeth, Ajax and Richard III. He also directed and performed in Project X and Demi-Monde, devised with the Ensemble.
Jane Stanton - Associate Artist
Jane has performed in Hard Times, Twelfth Night, Wuthering Heights, Mirror Magic Market Tales, Romeo and Juliet (2009) and A Taste of Honey. She has also directed the movement for La Ronde and A Taste of Honey.
Love&Madness was formed by Neil Sheppeck in 2000 with the aim of
bringing Classical Theatre to a younger and wider audience,
presenting great theatre in fresh and accessible productions.
Its production of Macbeth, set in gangland London of the 1960s and
performed in promenade in the cellar of the Finborough Arms, Earl's
Court, was a sell-out and led to the company being invited to revive
the show at The Edinburgh Festival 2001.
The success of Macbeth encouraged co-directors Sheppeck and Kim
Gilchrist to take a production of Othello, set during the Falkland's
Conflict, to the following year's festival. Performed in rep with
Sheppeck's own play, Sweetness Follows, Othello garnered both critical
and audience acclaim.
In 2003, Love&Madness tried its hand with touring an apocalyptic
production of Romeo and Juliet. This 5 week tour established the
company as one of the UK's leading mid-scale touring companies.
Catriona Craig joined the company in 2004 to direct its first
specially-commissioned novel adaptation, Hard Times by Charles
Dickens. This dramatisation by Richard Hurst extended its usual
Shakespearean repertoire enabling it to develop as a touring
2005 introduced Love&Madness as an ensemble touring company
presenting Twelfth Night and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (in a
new dramatisation by Alys Torrance); 2006 saw the company
develop in this direction with a tour of Henry V and J.M.Synge’s Playboy of the Western World.
In 2007 Jack Shepherd, veteran actor and director came onboard to direct The Tempest; and after a year of workshoping, Associate Director Catriona Craig's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, was directed by Love&Madness Artistic Director, Neil Sheppeck.
2008 welcomed Amy Taylor as General Manager, allowing L&M to grow further. In addition to its annual tour of La Ronde and Oliver Twist (adapted by David Cottis, directed by Abigail Anderson), L&M also presented the world premiere of Mirror Magic Market Tales by Chantal Schaul, at Riverside Studios in December.
New Writing figured again early in 2009, with the premiere of Jack Shepherd's Only When I Laugh!, touring to large-scale venues around the UK, and visiting London's prestigious Arcola Theatre in the Spring. May 2009 awaits L&M's most ambitious project to date with a ten week repartory season at Riverside Studios. The Madness Season consisted of Macbeth (revived by Neil Sheppeck), Ajax (directed by Jack Shepherd), A Skull in Connemara (directed by Catriona Craig), and an especially devised project (X) by the ensemble. In the Autumn we began a tour of A Taste of Honey and Romeo and Juliet (directed by Owen Horsley).
2010 began with The Desire&Destruction Season at Riverside Studios. Fool for Love (starring Sadie Frost and Carl Barat), Richard III (directed by Ben Kidd) and Demi-Monde: The Half World of William Morris (devised by Love&Madness, scripted by Jack Shepherd). In the Autumn we then took Richard III on tour with a new cast also performing Accidental Death of An Anarchist.
Love&Madness is a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales no: 06607368
Registered Office: 1c Hamilton House, Atherfold Road, London SW9 9LL Registered charity number: 1125298