Preview by Jack Foley
SCREEN veteran, Vanessa Redgrave, is to follow in the footsteps
of Dame Judi Dench, by returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company,
after 40 years.
The actress will appear in a Euripides ancient Greek classic,
Hecuba, which will open at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
in February 2005, before transferring to the West End in the Spring,
and moving on to the Kennedy Centre, in Washington, DC.
Dating back to the fifth century BC, Hecuba is the tragedy of
the Queen of Troy and her family during the Trojan wars.
The lavish production is to be directed by RSC associate director,
Laurence Boswell, who has already staged the play, in 1992, at
Londons Gate Theatre.
It will arrive in the capital fairly hot-on-the-heels of the
Donmar Warehouses new version of the play, by Frank McGuinness,
and directed by Jonathan Kent, which runs from September 9 to
Redgraves last RSC performance was as Imogen, in Cymbeline,
in 1992, while her most recent London stage credits include The
Cherry Orchard, at the National, in which she appeared opposite
her brother; Song at Twilight, and The Tempest,
at Shakespeares Globe.
Last year, she starred in the Broadway revival of Eugene ONeills
Long Days Journey into Night, a performance which
won her the 2003 Tony Award for Best Actress.
She has also enjoyed a distinguished film career, appearing in
hit movies such as The Pledge, Girl, Interrupted, Mission: Impossible,
Howard's End, Mary, Queen of Scots and Murder on the Orient Express.