Doctor Who star Alex Kingston will join Kenneth Branagh to play that famously bewitched couple the Macbeths.
The actors, who cut their theatrical teeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company, will lead the Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth, which will be performed in a deconsecrated church in the city centre, from July 5 for just a two-week run — though there will be a one-off live broadcast on July 20.
Alex often returns to the stage — she was in Michael Grandage’s production of Luisa Miller at the Donmar two years ago — but hasn’t been back to the Bard since playing Desdemona at the Birmingham Rep two decades ago.
David Tennant is to return to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play Richard II, five years after audiences and critics hailed his performance as Hamlet.
The production headed by the former Doctor Who star leads off a winter season at the RSC that includes the world premiere of the stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.
Doran said the part would be a “challenge” for Tennant. “Of course Hamlet was a challenge, it’s the Everest,” he said: “Richard II is written entirely in verse. He has no problem with verse. He breathes it, he makes it sound as if it is completely effortless.”
The artistic director said the principal challenge for Tennant’s Richard II will be “the sense of the man’s volatility, fragility; that psychology is more alien to David’s character”
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The theatre’s magic, isn’t it? You should know. Stand on this stage, say the right words with the right emphasis at the right time. Oh, you can make men weep. - The Doctor (3x02 ‘The Shakespeare Code’)
Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill is among the cast of thespians who’ll be bringing a selection of classic plays to the big screen this autumn, when three stage productions filmed at London’s Globe Theatre are screened in cinemas.
Shakespeare’s Globe has teamed up with Arts Alliance Media to release HD recordings of the Bard’s plays All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus theatrically in Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand in a season of films dubbed Globe on Screen.
As well as Darvill, who plays Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus, the films also include the likes of King’s Speech actress Eve Best taking centre stage in Much Ad
DOCTOR WHO star Matt Smith and sidekick Karen Gillan are planning to team up again … in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Inverness-born Karen - who plays the Time Lord’s companion Amy Pond - wants to land the role of the doomed king’s infamous wife.
And Matt jumped at the chance of joining her on stage.
Karen, 23, said: “I want to be Lady Macbeth, it’s a role I have always wanted to play.”
Matt, 28, added: “And I want to be Macbeth, so let’s do that. I’d quite like to do a play.”
The pair have starred in the smash hit BBC sci-fi show since last year.
Karen is to make her West End debut in October in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence.
The pair would be following in the footsteps of former Tardis team David Tennant and Catherine Tate, who are appearing in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.