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Corin Redgrave heads for Shakespeare's Globe

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CORIN REDGRAVE will make his Shakespeare's Globe debut when he takes on the role of Pericles the Elder, in this summer's production of Pericles, which runs in repertory at the open air venue from June 2 to October 1, 2005 (previews from May 20).

Redgrave is said to be "very excited" at the prospect of performing at Shakespeare's Globe. As he explained: "I have stood amongst the groundlings for nearly a decade and I am in love with this wonderful space."

He has, in fact, been an audience member every year since the first production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1996.

His on-stage appearances have been equally prolific. This year alone, he has already completed back-to-back West End seasons for the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and Tynan.

And he's been tipped to star in a West End revival of Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version, later in the year.

His other stage credits include No Man's Land, Not About Nightingales, A Song at Twilight and The Cherry Orchard - the latter two alongside his equally famous sister, Vanessa Redgrave.

As a matter of interest, Ms Redgrave made her own Globe debut in the year 2000, playing a female Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest, a new production of which, is scheduled to run from May 18, 2005 (previews from May 7) until October 2, 2005.

Mark Rylance, in his tenth and final year as Artistic Director of the Globe, will take on the roles of Prospero, Stephano and Alfonso in a staging that involves only three actors - Rylance, Edward Hogg (as Ariel, Antonio, Trinculo and Miranda) and Alex Hassell (as Calban, Gonzalo and Sebastian).

They will be supported by three dancers and seven singers.

Meanwhile, joining Redgrave in Pericles will be Jude Akuwudike, Matt Costain, Harry Gostelow, Iisa Ilona Jantti, Matilda Leyser and Robert Luckay as Pericles the Younger.

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