Hannah Boyde

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Hannah has worked extensively in theatre. She is a valuable member of any ensemble and a sought-after collaborator for devising new work or adapting the old. She was a co-creator of Mess with Caroline Horton & company, for which they were awarded the prestigious Stage Award For Acting Excellence, for Best Ensemble. She worked closely with Purni Morell, artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre, on the creation of the one-woman show Dora, which garnered lovely reviews, as did her performance as Katharine in Henry V, directed by Ellen McDougall (also at the Unicorn). She has worked on several occasions with Tangram Theatre Company, helping to bring to life their riotous and ground-breaking production of Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna, and works repeatedly with Company of Angels’ Adam Barnard. Other theatre credits include War Horse in the West End, for the National Theatre, as well as several Shakesperean leads including Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Viola in Twelfth Night and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

Hannah is equally at home on screen and has done several period pieces for the BBC, as well as playing strong leads in short films and featuring in several high profile commercial campaigns.

She is half-French, half-English, is bilingual in both languages, and equally comfortable working in both languages.

Quality Street – Finborough Theatre

Quality Street is a charming play, charmingly played…The nosy trio of Mary, Fanny and Henrietta are played as suitably vacuous by Kate Cook, Hannah Boyde and Tamzin Aitken.

Fanny Willoughby (Hannah Boyde), Mary Willoughby (Kate Cook) and Henrietta Turnbull (Tamzin Aitken) were all hilariously comedic in their stalker-ish gossipy neighbour roles, inviting laugh after laugh from the audience.

And not least among the play’s pleasures are the roles and performances of the supporting cast, particularly the gossiping ladies of the town, who create the world of the play perfectly in an opening scene that has them giggling over men exactly as modern 10-year-olds might.
Theatre Guide London

At Home With The Georgians – BBC2/Matchlight

You can’t help but feel for spinster Gertrude Savile who, with no money of her own, is forced to live an existence based solely around the chair she sits in and her cat…
TV Buzz

Fuente Ovejuna – Southwark Playhouse

In short, this is a boldly conceived production, performed with conviction by a versatile company — the standout is Hannah Boyde.
Evening Standard

Hannah Boyde as Laurencia has some powerful speeches – especially at the ‘junta’ or secret meeting where the audience conspires along with the villagers of Fuente Ovejuna….A thoroughly memorable evening of theatre that is highly recommended.
London SE1

There are – largely thanks to Hannah Boyde’s fiery performance as the heroine Laurencia – moments that powerfully convey the particular plight of the oppressed women, which sadly carry a sense of biting relevance.

However, some believe that honour overrides fealty to the religious order represented by de Guzman. They are led by Hannah Boyde’s Laurencia, giving a fine, feeling performance as the Mayor’s daughter. She plays hard to get twice over, rejecting not only de Guzman but also a man who really loves her, Frondoso, played by James Rowland.
British Theatre Guide

Billed as “a pastoral tragicomedy with songs, romance and lynching”, this interpretation of Lope De Vega’s classic features some strong performances, notably Hannah Boyde as Laurencia.
Andrew Girvan – WhatsOnStage

Heldenplatz – Arcola Theatre

And the cast carry it off superbly, from Barbara Marten’s blanched and committed housekeeper, supervising the polishing of the professor’s shoes and folding of shirts in what is virtually a forty-minute monologue with Hannah Boyde’s cowed little maid…
Michael Coveney – WhatsOnStage

Hannah Boyde, as the housemaid Herta, delivers the only strong performance from a minor character in this play. She speaks very infrequently but her nervous movements across the stage and her furious shoe-shining manage to convey her sense of entrapment and unease.
Capital Culture Review

There is a cast of ten — but the co-directors have enabled all of the actors to build vividly credible personalities from tiny clues, as when Hannah Boyde’s Herta spits vehemently on to the professor’s boot she is cleaning.
Jeremy Kingston – The Times

Hannah Boyde playing Herta the maid brings comedic physical awkwardness to her role, breaking the tension.

Yours Abundantly, From Zimbabwe – Oval House Theatre

Hannah Boyde brilliantly portrays the unsympathetic but believable Georgia, who we gradually come to understand.
Culture Wars

Hannah Boyde plays the poisonous and screwed up Georgia Porter convincingly, bringing spite and constantly undermining her mother’s ambitions to do something for the young orphan boy she met in Zimbabwe on a one week holiday. Georgia is full of cynicism, is deeply suspicious and thinks the worst of her mother’s new found focus.
British Theatre Guide

… her vindictive daughter, played with caustic precision by Hannah Boyde.
The Stage

Plowman’s play is sensitively three dimensional, and Hannah Boyde’s Georgia provides an interesting perspective into the different kinds of problems we have to deal with in the Western world. The emotions of this bitter young woman are never degraded, and Plowman’s sensitive portrayal makes us understand that this is just a girl who wants to know that her mother loves her.
Time Out – ★★★★★ – Critic’s Choice