Ignatius has been a familiar face to audiences of the Mercury Theatre for over a decade, featuring most recently as Dame Shakira Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk. Previous roles include Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Jack in Dancing at Lughnasa, Paul in Absent Friends, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals, Abu in Aladdin, Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath, Nathan in King David, Man of Blood, many people in Under Milk Wood, Torvald in Nora, Gilberd in the promenade performance of Depot at the old Tram Shed on Magdalen Street, Valene Connor in The Lonesome West, Long John in Dick Whittington and the Pi-rats of the Caribbean, Mr Murdstone in David Copperfield, Agamemnon in IPH… Mack in Sleeping Beauty, Aufidius in Coriolanus, Mars in Jack & the Beanstalk, Captain Arthur Phillip / Wisehammer in Our Country’s Good, General Noriega in Devil’s Advocate, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jerry in Betrayal, Trigorin in The Seagull, Ensemble in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Feste in Twelfth Night, Abanazar in Aladdin, Hermes in ION, Macduff in Macbeth, Salmonella in Cinderella, Oh What a Lovely War, Vershinin in Three Sisters, Brachiano in The White Devil, Eliot Chase in Private Lives, Alderman Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington, Starhemberg in The Europeans, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Morris in Present Laughter, Gustav in The Dance of Death, Captain Brazen in The Recruiting Officer, Caliban in The Tempest, Sergius in Arms and the Man, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Babes in the Wood, Lucky in Waiting for Godot, John Proctor in The Crucible, Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi, and Lord Rake in The Provoked Wife.
He has also appeared in Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre), The Rape of Tamar (Lyric, Hammersmith) and Pioneers and Purgatory in Ingolstadt (The Gate). Ignatius acted in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Orange Tree and was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes: Camino Real, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing and St Erkenwald. Further credits include: Things Can Only Get Better (Etcetera), Christmas Carol (Il Palcetto), Lone Star (Moving Hearts), Romeo and Juliet (Stray) and The Nose (Wimbledon).
Ignatius made his directorial debut with the 2006 Mercury Theatre Company production of Brass Balls and subsequently directed She Stoops to Conquer.
Television includes The Bill and The Hot Dog Wars.
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