Cast announced for Hopeless Romantics

Cast announced for Hopeless Romantics, a new comedy romance play coming this July!

We’re delighted to introduce the four actors who will be performing in Hopeless Romantics. The play will be Courtyard Productions’ first in-house show in over eighteen months.

Written by Nick Lane (The Goal) and Fiona Wass (Murder at Berrington), Hopeless Romantics is a comedy romance that follows the chaos that ensues after ‘non-elective celibate’ Alan pays Zoe, a girl from work, to pose as his girlfriend for the night.


Taking on the role of Al is actor Blake Aidan.

Headshot of Blake Aidan, playing Al in Hopeless Romantics


Blake trained at The Poor School, graduating in 2018. Since then, he has appeared in several short films including Quoggers (2019) and One Night Stand Up (2019). He has also appeared in Four Loyalty Cards at the Tristan Bates Theatre (2018) and in 2019, completed a six month run in Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution at the London County Hall.

When restrictions allow, he also does stand-up comedy in venues across London.

Blake is very excited to get back into a theatre again.




Headshot of Hannah Douglas (Zoe in Hopeless Romantics)


Playing the role of Zoe is Hannah Douglas.

You may recognise her from our 2017 production of Pride and Prejudice.

Hannah recently won Best Actress at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival for her role as Patience in feature film ‘LAPWING’ (Urban Apache Films/Bulldog Film Distribution). The film also stars Emmett J Scanlan and Sebastian De Souza and is due for UK cinema release this Autumn.

Some of her other theatre credits include: Othello (TNT/ADG Europe, International Tour); The Great Experiment (Border Crossings Theatre Co); Orpheus and Eurydice (Insane Root Theatre Co); A Christmas Carol (UK Tour); The Jungle Book (Tour of China); Big Brother Blitzkrieg (The Kings Head); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Open Air Tour UK and Ireland); Ghosts (Sell-A-Door Theatre Co); Touched By Tom Daley (Southwark Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest (Both for The Faction Theatre Co).

Hannah is delighted to be returning to The Courtyard after playing Lizzie Bennett in Pride and Prejudice! She is also looking forward to revisiting Hopeless Romantics after playing Zoe in the original production.



Headshot of Chandrika Chevli


Martha and Avril will be played by Chandrika Chevli

Chandrika is an actor, presenter and voice artist.

Recent credits include The People’s Revolt, an interactive immersive show at the Tower of London and The Censor, Anthony Neilson’s provocative play about censorship. TV work includes Inside No 9, Derren Brown’s Twisted Tales and Nurses Who Kill.

Other credits include: Courting Drama (Southwark Playhouse), The Gossip (Soho Theatre), Press Pass (Bush Theatre) and Four For Jericho (Pleasance Theatre).

Chandrika will be taking on several roles in Hopeless Romantics including Martha and Avril.



Headshot of Elliott Rennie

Elliott Rennie as Jamie and Philip

Actor musician Elliott Rennie will also be playing a variety of roles, including Jamie and Philip.

Credits include: The Man in The White Suit (West End), Icarus (Nottingham Playhouse/VAULT Festival), The Jungle Book, The BFG (Derby Theatre), Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina, A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol, Pinocchio (Stephen Joesph Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (West End), The Trench (Uk Tour & Norway), No Place For a Woman (Theatre 503) 101 Dalmatians (New Vic, Stoke) and Sweet Charity (MAC, Belfast.)

Elliott has musically directed and composed for Derby Theatre, Soho Theatre, Theatre 503 and the National Youth Theatre. He has played as a session musician and cellist for Alex Wolfe and Rhys Lewis and also runs Actor Musician theatre company: The Wild and the Innocent.



Hopeless Romantics will be on our Main House stage from Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 July at 7.30pm. There will also be a 2.30pm matinee performance on the Saturday, where audio description will be available for audiences who are visually impaired or blind.

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