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Richard Coyle swaps Coupling for Don Carlos

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its transfer from the Crucible, Sheffield, Mike Poulton's new adaptation of Don Carlos, will run for a limited 12-week period, from February 3 - April 20, 2005 (previews from January 28) at London's Gielgud Theatre.

Friedrich Schiller's classic love story follows the fortunes of the eponymous Don Carlos, who is passionately in love with Elizabeth, the French princess, to whom he was once betrothed.

Unfortunately for Don Carlos, his tyrannical father, King Philip II of Spain, decides to marry Elizabeth himself, thereby enraging his son who, with the aid of his beloved and an old friend, the Marquis of Posa, launches a full-scale rebellion against the older man and his evil regime.

Richard Coyle (pictured) will appear as Don Carlos, with Claire Price as Elizabeth, Derek Jacobi as Philip II of Spain, and Una Stubbs as the Duchess of Olivarez.

Although probably best-known for his role of Jeff in the BBC comedy, Coupling, Coyle is certainly no stranger to the stage, having appeared in After Miss Julie and Proof, both at the Donmar Warehouse; The York Realist at the Royal Court Theatre and, out of town, in A View From The Bridge at the Leicester Haymarket.

Jacobi, of course, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career and only last year, appeared in The Tempest at London's Old Vic theatre.

He has also worked extensively for the RSC, with the roles of Prospero (The Tempest), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) and the lead in both Peer Gynt and Macbeth to his credit.

He has also appeared on TV and will always be remembered for I Claudius and Cadfael. He was knighted in 1994 in recognition of his work.

Don Carlos is produced by Michael Grandage.

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