Cavan Clarke

Cavan is a London-based, Northern Irish actor. He trained at Rose Bruford, graduating in 2014.

His stage credits include The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic, Wendy & Peter at the RSC, Last of the Boys at the Southwark Playhouse, The Plough and the Stars at the National Theatre, The Acedian Pirates at Theatre503, and The Colleen Bawn at the Lyric Theatre Belfast

Cavan played the lead in and toured the UK in The National Theatre’s My Country, which was broadcast on BBC2.

He recently performed in Small Island at the National Theatre and played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

On screen, Cavan has played guest leads for the BBC, and appears opposite Michael Douglas in Apple’s biographical miniseries Franklin. 

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Reviews for Small Island

The I – 5 stars

‘The acting is nothing short of sublime’

The Guardian – 4 stars

‘Every performance is vigorous’

What’s On Stage – 5 stars

The Arts Desk – 5 stars

Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

  • “…the death of Cavan’s impressive, swaggeringly athletic Mercutio is played for jet black laughs only to make his anguished last-gasped “a plague on both your houses” curse all the more bitterly tragic: it’s a chilling theatrical moment in an evening studded with them.” – 4 stars – Alun Hood, WhatsOnStage


  • “Cavan Clarke’s Mercutio steals the spotlight … Cavan is a cocky, charming, restless Mercutio, and the stage is most alive when he’s on it. He seems to revel in his words, speaking them with as much flourish as he uses when wielding his sword. When he dies, the rest of the play feels the lack of him.” – 3 stars – Kate Wyver, The Guardian


  • “Cavan also stands out as Mercutio, bringing dynamism and humour” – 2 stars – Jessie Thompson, Evening Standard


  • “Clarke prods and teases, provokes and preaches, cackles and chortles and is the architect of his own undignified demise … we like a provocateur, don’t we? Particularly one who makes us laugh, for which the impish Clarke gives us plenty of opportunity in his engaging performance.” – 5 stars – Peter Yates, LondonTheatre


  • “Sykes has brought a truly contemporary feel to this adaptation … it feels accessible, fast-paced and a masterpiece in its own rite. Cavan is charming” – 4 stars – Ezelle Alblas, The Upcoming

Romeo and Juliet

Cavan Clarke is to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for limited run beginning 17th June 2021.


The Colleen Bawn Rehearsals

Cavan in The Colleen Bawn, which opened at the Lyric Belfast on the 7th April.

The Colleen Bawn

Cavan joins the cast of The Colleen Bawn at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. It will be playing from 07 – 28 April

Reviews for The National's 'My Country'

First reviews are in for The National Theatre’s My Countrydirected by Rufus Norris.

My Country plays at The National until 21st March, before embarking on a UK-wide tour.

The press on Cavan and My Country:

  • “Suddenly, as if at some lightly potty version of Pentecost, the actors start to give tongue in voices that are counter to their own gender, race and age. A ventriloquial shudder can pass through a bearded, baactor and turn him by degrees into an Alan Bennett-style woman. Categories and coordinates misbehave. There’s an absurdist outbreak of metempsychosis, region by region, performed as if it’s nearly the most natural thing in the world.” 5 stars, Paul Taylor, The Independent
  • “Compassionate, funny and insightful, it is a pleasure to take it in the company of actors as good as Cavan Clarke” 4 stars, Sarah Crompton, What’s On Stage
  • “the excellent ensemble” Marianka Swain, Broadway World
  • “The ensemble are extraordinary, perfectly capturing the speech patterns and rhythms of their region, reflecting the diverse personality of the UK.” 5 stars, Paul T Davies, British Theatre

Cavan Clarke in 'My Country'

Cavan Clarke joins the cast of My Countrywhich will be directed by Rufus Norris and open at the National Theatre, before a UK-wide tour.

My Country opens at the National on February 28th.

5 star reviews for 'The Acedian Pirates'

The Acedian Pirates, in which Cavan Clarke plays the lead role of Jacob, receives fantastic reviews.

The press on Cavan and The Acedian Pirates:

  • “Cavan Clarke is a moving central figure” Julia Rank, The Stage
  • “The Acedian Pirates is an incredibly complex, thought provoking and moving play…The entire cast are fantastic” 5 stars, Graham Archer, West End Wilma
  • “Cavan Clarke shines as Jacob” The Bardette
  • “As Jacob, Cavan Clarke is excellent as he shows us the journey from hopeful boy to cynical man.” 4 stars, Sian Rowland, London Pub Theatres
  • “Taylor gives Jacob a slowly building character arc that Clarke carries admirably and with conviction.” Laura Kressly, The Play’s The Thing

Cavan Clarke in 'The Acedian Pirates'

Cavan Clarke joins the cast of Jay Taylor’s The Acedian Pirates at Theatre503.

Rowan plays Jacob in the production, which plays at Theatre503 from 25th October – 19th November, directed by Bobby Brook.

'The Plough and the Stars' receives 4 & 5 Star Reviews

The Plough and the Stars, co-directed by Howard Davies and Jeremy Herrin at The National Theatre, receives glowing 4 and 5 star reviews across the press.

The press on The Plough and the Stars:

  • “…an extraordinary play and beautifully served by the production…The cast are uniformly excellent, entirely convincing, living in the skins of their characters…a magnificent, heart-felt revival of a major play.” 5 Stars, Sarah Crompton, What’s On Stage
  • “Sean O’Casey’s sprawling but sensational 1926 play pulses with real life — and so does the National Theatre’s beautiful new production…[marshals] the talents of a large company of top flight Irish actors to perform it with a real sense of authenticity…a superb ensemble” 4 Stars, Mark Shenton, London Theatre
  • “Very much an ensemble piece, the cast perform well…[a] stirring production”, 4 Stars, Neil Dowden, Londonist
  • “…leaves you shaken and stirred…movingly affirms the importance of life over bloodstained ideals.” 4 Stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
  • “…O’Casey’s potent blend of comedy and tragedy really packs a punch.” 4 Stars, Claire Webb, Radio Times
  • “As the play ends, there is a beat of silence before the ovation: the unmistakable sound of an audience whose imagination has travelled a great distance returning with an effort to present reality.” 4 Stars, Jane Shilling, The Telegraph
  • “a bleak, if brutally funny, reminder that behind each revolution lies those merely trying to preserve whatever meagre life they had managed to construct from their poverty in the face of sweeping change.” 4 Stars, Connor Campbell, The Upcoming

'The Plough and the Stars'

Cavan Clarke joins the cast of The Plough and the Stars, at the National Theatre, co-directed by Jeremy Herrin and Howard Davies.

The play runs at the National from 20th July – 22nd October.


Reviews for 'Last of the Boys'

Reviews are in for The Last of the Boys, at the Southwark Playhouse, with Cavan Clarke as the Young Soldier.

The press on Cavan and The Last of the Boys:


  • “…movingly played by Cavan Clarke” Sally Hales, Exeunt
  • “A moving, witty exploration of how even those who survive war can still become its casualties.” 4 Stars, Alexandra Newman, The Upcoming
  • “This is a very moving play. The dialogue is fast, sharp, and often funny. John Haider’s sensitive direction creates warm, believable characters performed by an impressive cast.” Keith McKenna, British Theatre Guide

'Last of the Boys' at the Southwark Playhouse

Cavan Clarke played the Young Soldier in ‘Last Of The Boys’ at the Southwark Playhouse.

The production is directed by John Haidar and runs from 11th May – 4th June 2016.

For more information on the production, click here.

Cavan Clarke in the RSC's 'Wendy & Peter'

Cavan Clarke played Nibs and understudied Peter Pan in the RSC’s Wendy & Peter. The show was a huge success, running from 17th November – 31st January, to great reviews.

The press on Wendy & Peter:

  • “Magical and shimmering” – 4 stars – Claire Allfree, The Telegraph
  • “The frenetic energy of the cast is infectious – 4 stars – Michael Davies, What’s On Stage
  • “A show to fall in love with – 4 stars – Fergus Morgan, Reviews Hub
  • “Excellent performances throughout” – 4 stars – Ian Hughes, Stratford Observer
  • “Spellbinding…a great ensemble cast” – 5 stars – Catherine Voledebur, Coventry Telegraph