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 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
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.