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Penny Layden photo portrait

Penny Layden

For the National:


Penny Layden trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.


For the National Theatre: London Tide, Paradise, Jellyfish (also Bush), Macbeth, My Country; a work in progress (also on tour), Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State, An Oak Tree, Everyman, Edward II, Table and Timon of Athens

In London’s West End: The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Lidless

Other theatre includes: The Tempest, Measure for Measure and Roberto Zucco for the RSC; Pygmalion, The Lorax and Cinderella at the Old Vic; Medea at @sohoplace; A Christmas Carol at the Rose, Kingston; Seeds for tiata fahodzi at Soho Theatre; Draw Me Close and Vernon God Little at the Young Vic; Bright Phoenix at Liverpool Everyman; Nora at Coventry Belgrade; 66 Books Something, Someone, Somewhere at the Bush; Incoming for HighTide; The Bacchae, Mary Barton, Electra and Mayhem at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Dancing at Lughnasa at Birmingham Rep; The Spanish Tragedy at the Arcola; Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Helen at Shakespeare’s Globe


Supacell, EastEnders, Father Brown, Casualty and Belgravia


Broken and The Libertine


Second Chance, Uganda and Crime and Punishment


(Published April 2024.)