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Over 2000 stage seats and a further final week now on sale for Richard Iii and Twelfth Night at The Apollo Theatre

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Tim Carroll’s productions, using original Shakespearian practices and lit by over 100 on-stage candles, transfer to the West End for a 14-week limited run from 2 November 2012 – 10 February 2013, following their sell-out seasons at the Globe. In addition to the on-stage seats there are also 6,000 extra seats throughout the house now on sale for the entirety of the run.

Mark Rylance returns to the Apollo Theatre to play the title role of Richard III and Olivia in Twelfth Night. He is joined by Stephen Fry as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Designs are by Jenny Tiramani and music is by Claire van Kampen who along with Tim Carroll were the creative team behind the Globe’s original 2002 version of Twelfth Night. David Plater will design the lighting for the transfer. Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Shakespeare Road, 1001 Nights, Bob Bartner & Norman Tulchin and Rupert Gavin present Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night, Associate Producer Adam Blanshay.

Press day is Saturday 17 November 2012 with Richard III at 1.30pm and Twelfth Night at 7pm.

Richard III

The full cast for Richard III is Samuel Barnett (Queen Elizabeth), Liam Brennan (Clarence and the Lord Mayor), Paul Chahidi (Hastings and Tyrrell), John Paul Connolly (First Murderer and Ratcliff), Ian Drysdale (Scrivener/Rivers/Blunt), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Brakenbury and Catesby), Johnny Flynn (Lady Anne and Grey), James Garnon (Richmond and Duchess of York), Colin Hurley (King Edward IV and Stanley) and Roger Lloyd Pack (Duke of Buckingham), Mark Rylance (Richard III), Jethro Skinner (Second Murderer and Messenger) and Ben Thompson (Dorset and Bishop of Ely).

Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already despatched one king and that king’s son; now all that stand in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews – the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those – the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays – who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare’s most charismatic, self-delighting villain, revelling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power.

Richard III is performed in an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings circa 1593.

Twelfth Night

The full cast for Twelfth Night is Samuel Barnett (Sebastian), Liam Brennan (Orsino), Paul Chahidi, (Maria), John Paul Connolly (Antonio), Ian Drysdale (Priest and Valentine), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste), Johnny Flynn (Viola), Stephen Fry (Malvolio), James Garnon (Fabian), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch), Roger Lloyd Pack (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Mark Rylance (Olivia), Jethro Skinner (Captain and Officer) and Ben Thompson (Curio).

In the household of Olivia (Mark Rylance), two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovelorn Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.

This revival of the Globe’s 2002 award-winning Twelfth Night will be performed in an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings circa 1601.

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