Jacobi Transfers Grandage Don to Gielgud, 28 JanDate: 5 November 2004
As previously tipped (See The Goss, 18 Oct 2004), Michael Grandageís Sheffield production of Don Carlos is set to transfer to the West End in 2005. The world premiere of Mike Poultonís new adaptation of Friedrich Schillerís 1787 thriller will have a limited 12 week run from 28 January at the West Endís Gielgud Theatre (with press night on 3 February).
The original star studded cast remain with Derek Jacobi (pictured), Una Stubbs, Claire Price and Whatsonstage.com Award winner Richard Coyle in this, the final production directed by Michael Grandage for the Crucible. Grandage, whoís also the artistic director of Londonís Donmar Warehouse, announced his resignation as Sheffield Theatresí associate director early this summer (See News, 25 Jun 2004). He continues in his Sheffield position until the end of the 2004/2005 season, after which heíll join the theatresí board of trustees.
In Don Carlos, Jacobi Ė who returns to Sheffield after his acclaimed performance as Prospero in Grandageís 2002 staging of The Tempest, which later transferred to the West Endís Old Vic - plays King Philip II of Spain, Don Carlosí tyrannical father who marries his sonís lover, thus provoking a full-scale rebellion against an oppressive regime.
Coyle, who plays the title role, won the 2003 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoerís Choice Best Supporting Actor Award for his 2002 performances in The York Realist (English Touring Theatre at the Royal Court and in the West End) and Proof at the Donmar Warehouse, where he also appeared earlier this year in Grandageís production of Patrick Marberís After Miss Julie. Coyleís screen credits include Coupling, Strange and Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
Price, who plays Queen Elizabeth, also appeared alongside Jacobi in The Tempest. Her other recent London stage credits include Brand and Cyrano de Bergerac. Stubbs, who plays the Duchess of Olivarez, has recently appeared on stage in The Deep Blue Sea, Star Quality, Romeo and Juliet as well as Grandageís Twelfth Night, As You Like It and The Country Wife at Sheffield. Sheís also remembered for screen credits such as Till Death Us Do Part and Summer Holiday.
Others in the Don Carlos are Stuart Burt, Elliot Cowan, Peter Eyre, Michael Hadley, Ian Hogg, Paul Keating, Andrew McDonald, Brian Poyser, Charlotte Randle and Roger Swaine.
Poultonís other acclaimed adaptations include Euripidesí Ion, Chekhovís Uncle Vanya and Turgenevís Fortuneís Fool, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Paule Constable and music by Adam Cork.
- by Hannah Kennedy & Terri Paddock