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Ex student Jessica Harris starring alongside Lenny Henry in his Shakespeare debut

27th February 2009 <b>Ex</b> student Jessica Harris starring alongside Lenny Henry in his Shakespeare debut

Even non-theatre goers have undoubtedly heard about Lenny Henry’s acting debut in Shakespeare’s Othello with Halifax-based theatre company Northern Broadsides. Hoping to follow David Tennant’s success as Hamlet, director Barrie Rutter has also casted local girl Jessica Harris to play opposite the infamous comic as Desdemona.

Even non-theatre goers have undoubtedly heard about Lenny Henry’s acting debut in Shakespeare’s Othello with Halifax-based theatre company Northern Broadsides. Hoping to follow David Tennant’s success as Hamlet, director Barrie Rutter has also casted local girl Jessica Harris to play opposite the infamous comic as Desdemona.

Jessica is a former student of Calderdale College who studied National Diploma in Performing Arts and has since gone from strength to strength, starring both on stage and screen. Although this is her first production with the company she has previously appeared in major roles in plays such as The Pornographer’s Diaries at the Edinburgh Festival in addition to Catherine Earnshaw (Cathy) in Wuthering Heights at the Theatre Royal, York.

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