Cast & Creatives – The Two Popes

David Acton (Pope Benedict) 

Most recently David was in The Woman in Black in New York, Princeton NJ and Phoenix AZ. He has also played The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, London, and on a UK tour. Credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company: Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, The Constant Couple, The Man of Mode, The Love of the Nightingale, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Henry V, Edward III, Eastward Ho!, The Roman Actor. 

Theatre credits also include: Gaslight (The Mill at Sonning); A Day By The Sea (Southwark Playhouse); Jane Wenham The Witch of Walkern (Out of Joint); Richard II (Palace of Westminster and Arcola). A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Henry V and Twelfth Night (Propeller); Anjin: The Shogun and the Samurai (Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and London Sadler’s Wells);  The League of Youth, Vertigo, Burial at Thebes and I Have Been Here Before (Nottingham Playhouse);  Relatively Speaking and Copenhagen (Newbury Watermill); The Dark Things (Edinburgh Traverse);  Richard II (Old Vic Company);  Much Ado About Nothing (Peter Hall Company); Jason and the Argonauts, Sabbat and Peter Pan (Lancaster Dukes); The Man From the Sleepy Lagoon (one-man show).

TV includes:  Call the Midwife, Shakespeare and Hathaway, Emmerdale, 14 Diaries of the Great War, 18 Clash of Futures, Downton Abbey, Doctors, Hostage (Fire in the Desert), EastEnders, Silent Witness, Passage, Hollyoaks, Tchaikovsky, The Bill, Blair on Trial, Class of ’76, Casanova’s Love Letters, Fooling Hitler, The Wyvern Mystery, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Casualty. 

Film includes:  For Grace, After Death, Volume, Persuasion. 

Michael Fenner (Cardinal Bergoglio) 

Michael trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. He has just premiered his own one-man show Augustus John: A Golden and Mysterious Life. Recent work includes:  2 Cornish language films Art and Trengellick Rising, Cinderella (Hall For Cornwall). His West End credits include: The Mousetrap, Out of Order (and UK No.1 Tour), It Runs in the Family, Zoo Story, Wars of the Roses and The King & I, Dear Santa. He appeared at the Globe Theatre in The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, A Mad World My Masters and King Lear and at the RSC in Oroonoko and Timon of Athens.

National Theatre credits: in Amadeus, Othello, Sisterly Feelings, The Romans in Britain, Hiawatha, The Hypochondriac (Plays and Players Nomination for Best Newcomer), The Spanish Tragedy and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He also toured with the English Shakespeare Company in The Wars of the Roses (World & UK No.1 Tour);  Beowulf (UK No.1 Tour) and  Nobody’s Perfect (No 1 Tour). His Fringe credits include: Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus (Edinburgh Festival); Matilda The Empress (Rabble Theatre); Narcissist (Courtyard Theatre); Lottie’s War (Greenwich Playhouse); Timon of Athens (The Brix), Calculus (New End); The Trumpet Major (Bridewell Theatre); Zoo Story (Glastonbury Festival). Michaels repertory experience includes: Chichester Festival Theatre, Vienna’s English Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Westcliffe, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Library Theatre, Perth, Crewe, Leatherhead, Windsor, Bromley, Basingstoke, Tron Glasgow,  Mill at Sonning, Vienna, and Royal Exchange, Manchester.

His TV credits include: Doctors, The Impressions Show, My Family, Personal Affairs, The Complete Guide to Parenting, Sinchronicity, Jericho, Footballers’ Wives, EastEnders, High Stakes, Dangerfield, London’s Burning, The Paradise Club, Rules of Engagement, Fighting Back, Inspector Morse, Shine on Harvey Moon, The Monocled Mutineer, Crown Court and A Slight Breeze.

His Film credits include: Art, Trengellick Rising, A Feast at Midnight, Dead on Time, Jerusalem, Lost in London and Hawk the Slayer. Michael also lectures at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and is an accomplished painter.

Kate Milner-Evans  (Sister Brigitta) 

Kate Milner Evans is no stranger to Germany having begun her career perfor-

ming under her Croatian family name Radmilovic, with the ensemble at Osnab-

rück Städtischen Bühnen and St Gallen Opera House from 1996 to 2004 and has

performed over 25 soprano operatic roles including operetta and won the public vote for the Internationaler Robert-Stolz-Gesangswettbewerb in Hamburg. In 2008 Kate returned to the UK to play Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End. Theatre credits include: Myrtle Bagot in Brief Encounter (Watermill Theatre); Indomitable Mrs Rothman by Tajlei Levis (BBC Canal Shorts); Mrs Gloop/Grandma Josephine in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Leeds Playhouse/National Tour); Chief Wiesel in Wind in the Willows (Pitlochry Festival); Lottie Child in Crazy for you (National Tour); Wizard in the Wizard of Oz (Blackpool Wintergardens); Mrs Zero in Adding Machine (Finborough); Parthy in Showboat (Crucible Sheffield/New London Theatre). TV/Film credits include: A Killer next Door (Amazon) and US Politician Kathy Augustine TV’s Crime documentary series Nurses who Kill (Netflix). In 2019 she won Best Actress at the Rob Knox Film Festival.

Opera/Operetta credits: Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow; Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus; Lisa in Land des Lächelns (Osnabrück); Sylva Varescu in Kálmán’s Die Csárdásfürstin (St Gallen); Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte (Eutin Festival/ St Gallen Theatre); Minette in The English Cat (Osnabrück); Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Darmstadt); Musetta in La Boheme, Tatijana in Eugene Onegin, Vitellia in Titus, Agathe in Der Freischütz; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La Traviata, Madame Butterfly (Osnabrück); Frau Fluth in Merry Wives of Windsor (Weimar). 

Pili Vergara  (Sister Sophia) 

Pili Vergara is an Argentinian actor from Buenos Aires. She moved to London 5 years ago to train at Drama Studio London. Since graduating she’s worked professionally in theatre, film and TV both in South America and the UK. Pili is also a singer and a writer. She’s written and performed in her own plays and is currently developing and producing her own TV show in Argentina.

Psyche Stott (Director)

Psyche is a freelance Theatre Director. Her work has taken her to Rome, Australia, Europe and throughout the UK.  It is a privilege to return to make The Two Popes with the team at The English Theatre Frankfurt, especially whilst they reside at the zoo! Previous productions for ETF include The German premieres of The Children by Lucy Kirkwood and Girl on a Train adapted by Rachel Wagstaff.

In what seems like a lifetime ago- she won the Channel 4 Regional Directors Award (now the Regional Theatre Young Director Award) enabling her to take up the role of Director in Residence at Northern Stage. Continuing as Associate Director for their UK tour of Our Friends in the North. Training also includes the National Theatre Studio. She is a regular guest Director for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and LAMDA. She is also on the audition panel for RADA. Productions for RADA include: Against by Christopher Shinn, Suddenly Last Summer, Something Unspoken, Kindertransport, The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, Women of Twilight. Productions for LAMDA: Boudica, Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil  and scenes from Shakespeare.

Some directing highlights include: Jekyll & Hyde, a new adaptation (Story House, Chester); Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW (Platform Theatre London); The 20th anniversary production of David Farr’s Elton John’s Glasses (Watford Palace Theatre); The Fighting Bradfords, new commission (Gala Theatre, Durham); Blue Remembered Hills (Northern Stage & UK Tour); Skylight (Teatro Dell’Orologio, Rome); The Australian premiere of the Award winning British hit comedy Calendar Girls (for Gordon Frost Organisation, Lyric Theatre, QPAC Brisbane, Theatre Royal Sydney and Comedy Theatre Melbourne); Calendar Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre and New UK Tour); Pub Quiz (New Writing North and Northeast Theatre Consortium Regional Tour). Directing for BBC Radio: Brian Friel’s Hedda Gabler (produced by Sparklab for BBC Radio 4).

Katie Lias (Set & Costume Designer)

Katie graduated with a First Class Degree from Royal Holloway University, before specialising and receiving a Distinction in Theatre Design from RADA. She was then selected to work as a Resident Trainee Designer with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before embarking on her career as a freelance designer. She works on productions across the UK with shows touring internationally. Katie is an Associate Artist at The Watermill Theatre. She was recently nominated for two Broadway World Awards for Best Set Design for both Notes From A Small Island (Watermill Theatre) and Bleak Expectations (West End). 


Work credits include: Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); The Importance of Being Earnest (Mercury Colchester); Burnt at the Stake (Globe Theatre); Dick Whittington (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); To Wong Foo The Musical (Hope Mill Theatre); Bleak Expectations (West End); Spike (UK Tour); Notes From A Small Island, Spike, As You Like It, Just So, Hamlet, The Prince and the Pauper, Journey’s End (The Watermill Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour and Wilton’s Music Hall); Lady Chatterley’s Lover (UK Tour); The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Storyhouse Theatre); Eclipse (Lyric Hammersmith); Cinderella, Dick Whittington and His Cat (Costume Designer, Lyric Hammersmith); The Lone Pine Club (Pentabus); Polka40 Exhibition, Grandad, Me and Teddy Too (2014 and 2022 revival); Alice in Wonderland, Shake Rattle and Roll, My Brother My Sister and Me (Polka Theatre); Nanny McPhee (Costume Designer, London Children’s Ballet); Address Unknown (Soho Theatre); The Welsh Boy, Deadkidssongs (Costume Designer, Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal); The Tempest, Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC Tour); Valhalla, Coalition, Word: Play 3 (Theatre 503); Treasure Island, Flip, The Angry Brigade, Love and Information, The Addams Family, Antigone, Song Cycles, and Table (Arts Ed); In the Summer House, Penthesilea, Man Equals Man (RADA); Tinderbox (Tooting Arts Club). 

Neill Brinkworth (Lighting Designer)

Neill is a UK based Lighting Designer working on a wide range of opera, musicals, plays, dance and immersive theatre. His credits include: Don Giovanni (revival at Gothenburg Opera); Ghostbusters (Secret Cinema); The Flying Dutchman (Opera Up Close); Made in Dagenham (Mountview); Cinema Inferno (John Galliano at Paris Fashion week with Imitating the Dog); Afterite (revival for Wayne McGregor, La Scala, Milan); Katya Kabanova (revival at Teatro dell’opera, Rome); Dido and Aeneas, Jephthe, Bridgetower (all English Touring Opera); Blank (NT Connections, Dorfmann Theatre); Phantasmagoria (Coventry Belgrade); Merrily We Roll Along, Spring Awakening (Leeds Conservatoire); The Girl on the Train (The English Theatre Frankfurt); Alice’s Adventures Underground (Irish National Opera); The Dark (Fuel Theatre); Jekyll & Hyde (Chester Storyhouse); Hansel & Gretl (San Francisco Opera); In the Night Garden Live (Minor Entertainment); The Firm (Hampstead Theatre); Children of Killers (NT Connections, Olivier Theatre); Lohengrin (Greek National Opera); Mozart & Machine (Mahogany Opera); The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse); Dark Sublime, As is, Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios).

As Associate LD: Everybody’s Talking about Jamie,(Apollo West End); Hansel und Gretl (ROH); 0 (Michael Clarke Company).

Adrienne Quartly (Sound Design)

Based in London, Adrienne has been working as a sound designer/composer, both nationally and internationally for live performance. Most recent shows include multi-million-pound project Gunpowder Immersive at the Tower of London, The Tempest starring Alex Kingston for the RSC and Kim’s Convenience, Park Theatre. She was part of the team behind the Olivier Nominated production of Cuttin’ It (Young Vic Theatre), best new play nomination at the UK theatre awards for Black Men Walking (Eclipse Theatre), and a nomination for best production at the Manchester Theatre Awards for Rose, starring Dame Janet Suzman (Home, Manchester). 


She has worked at many respected venues including the Donmar Warehouse, The Young Vic, The Royal Court Theatre, The Abbey Theatre & The Gate (Dublin), National Theatre of Scotland, Schaubühne, Berlin, Schauspiel Köln, The Barbican and Theatre Royal (Haymarket), as well as venues and festivals in Europe, USA and China. She is a long-term collaborator with Told by an Idiot and Improbable. 


Adrienne was previously a radio producer, and recently remixed her sound design for A Tale of Two Cities in collaboration with Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman for the album Incidental; Music for the stage. She also features on Artists Rifles by Piano Magic. She won Audible’s Audiodrama competition and worked on Mansfield Park. Film Credits include 7 Deadly Idiots and Lost Tango.

Teresa Barlow (Composition & Recordings Piano)

Teresa studied cello with Ioan Davies, and piano with Professor John Byrne. She spent the early part of her career working in theatre in the capacity of MD/ Keyboards or Supervisor. Credits include: Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Christmas Crooners, Strictly Swing, The King and I and Fame.  Aladdin, Snow White and Seven Dwarves, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella for New Pantomime Productions. Musical Supervision includes: Over The Rainbow, Popstar the Musical, X Factor the Musical  (National Tours) and The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow). She was also involved as an arranger for the Coronation Street of Dreams project. Teresa was piano consultant and musical arranger for Mapp & Lucia for the BBC. She also played Anna Chancellor’s hands! She has arranged music for Sky Drama Fortitude, Amazon’s The Collection, and she composed and created sound design for the BBC Radio 4 play Eastern Star. In 2015 Teresa co-founded her own theatre production company and since then as well as producing over 25 professional shows all over the UK, she has created sound design and composition for each of them. Teresa works regularly with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as an arranger and pianist for their Voices choir. Teresa wrote Requiem 2020, premiered by the BSO. A 55 minute work dedicated to all the events that took place in 2020. Most recently she has written an orchestral piece that accompanies the poem The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy. This premiered in Southampton at The Guildhall December 2023.

Marc Frankum CDG  (Casting Director)

Marc trained as an actor at Drama Centre London before moving into casting. For The English Theatre Frankfurt, Marc has cast Sylvia, Something Rotten!, Now and Then, Suddenly Last Summer, Sister Act, Secret Life of Humans, The Totalitarians, Young Frankenstein, The Girl on the Train, Switzerland, The Effect, Sweeney Todd, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Children, Apologia, Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, Jekyll & Hyde – the Musical, Hand to God, Pygmalion, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Handbagged, Spamalot, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Glass Menagerie, Disgraced, Death and the Maiden, Other Desert Cities, Ghost – the Musical and Strangers on a Train.

Marc has also recently cast The Children (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Walworth Farce (Southwark Playhouse Elephant); The Way Old Friends Do (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour); Sky Comedy Rep (Birmingham Rep); The Play what I Wrote (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour); Now Is Good (Storyhouse, Chester); Bang Bang (Northcott Theatre/UK Tour); The History Boys (Grand Theatre Wolverhampton); The Comedy of Errors, Baskerville, Aladdin, Moll Flanders, Pieces of String, Much Ado About Nothing, Clybourne Park, Noises Off, Macbeth (Mercury Theatre Colchester); The Full Monty (UK Tours); The Band (West End/UK Tour) and many more.