TWO EVENTS IN THE OLD VIC hear ye hear ye!

Posted: September 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
List of titles of works based on Shakespearean...

List of titles of works based on Shakespearean phrases (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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KING LEAR – A Rehearsed Reading with Joss Ackland

Sunday 29 September 2013 3pm

I am a man, More sinn’d against than sinning

Now at the age of “fourscore and upward”, veteran actor Joss Ackland takes on the Everest of Shakespearean roles in a unprecedented play reading of King Lear. Directed by Jonathan Miller and supported by an all-star cast, Joss will be returning to his theatrical roots 60 years after joining The Old Vic Company.

Cast cast includes:

Joss Ackland King Lear
Greta Scaachi Regan
Honeysuckle Weeks Cordelia
Tony Robinson Fool
Michael York Duke of Albany
John Nettles Duke of Cornwall
Barry Rutter Earl of Kent
Tony Britton Earl of Gloucester
Lee Ingleby Edgar
Shaun Dooley Edmund
Jos Vantyler Oswald
Jack Tarlton King of France/ Servant/ Captain
Paul Dodds Duke of Burgundy/ Servant/ Herald
Robert Young Old Man/ Knight/ Gentleman
Vernon Dobtcheff Curan/ Gentleman/ Doctor

Directed by Jonathan Miller

In Ancient Britain an aged King Lear weary of the burden of his position decides to divide his realm between his three daughters. When his trust is abused and the rashness of his decision is realised his outraged sense of powerlessness and emasculation sets him on a chaotic course towards madness and death.

In Support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Running time approx 2 hours 30 including interval

This event has been kindly supported by JM Finn & Co.

and drum roll please James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave from the stage adaption of Driving Miss  Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway and will reunite on The Old Vic stage.

This picture should speak volumes about whats to come ! but anyways

7 September – 30 November

‘Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps’

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave play warring lovers Benedick and Beatrice in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed byMark Rylance.

While young lovers Claudio and Hero have their forthcoming nuptials threatened by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems out of the question for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick in this witty comedy about the never ending search for perfect love.

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave recently starred in Driving Miss Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway and will reunite on The Old Vic stage to play these iconic roles for the first time.

Mark Rylance was Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe for 10 years, during this time he directed and performed in numerous productions. His recent acting credits include Richard III and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe and West End) and the critically acclaimed Jerusalem.

Take a look at images from Much Ado About Nothing rehearsals here.

The cast in alphabetical order:

Tim Barlow Verges Director
Mark Rylance
Mimi Jordan Sherin
Clare van Kampen
Emma Laxton
Siân Williams
Siobhan Bracke
Penelope Beaumont Ursula
Kingsley Ben-Adir Borachio
Katherine Carlton Beryl
Beth Cooke Hero
Alan David Antonio & Watch
Michael Elwyn Leonato
Lloyd Everitt Claudio
James Garnon Don Pedro
Melody Grove Margaret
James Earl Jones Benedick
Trevor Laird Conrade
Leroy Osei-Bonsu Messenger
Vanessa Redgrave Beatrice
Mark Ross Sexton
Peter Wight Dogberry & Friar Francis
Danny Lee Wynter Don John


Tyler HunterHenry Markham Hare & Samuel Stembridge-King playing Hugh Oatcake.
Samuel AllumCharlie Beazley-Clarke & Gene Gurie playing George Seacoal.

Mark Rylance in Conversation – 18 September 2013 5.30pm

Renowned actor and director, Mark Rylance, will be giving an in-depth talk on Wednesday 18 September about directing Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic.Tickets £5.

Q&A with members of the company – 3 October 2013

A post-show discussion with members of the company giving audience members the opportunity to ask questions about the production and discover some of the secrets hidden behind the scenes.

The event is free to attend, but priority booking is given to members of The Old Vic Club and Friends before tickets are made generally available. For full details of the membership and our programme of events please visit our Support Us pages.

Please note – you must have a ticket to the performance to attend the Q & A session post show.


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