|Simon Russell Beale|
Opening: Plough, Stars, the Bardís Lear & Macbeth
Date: 17 January 2005
Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:
OPENING TUESDAY, 18 January 2005 (previews from 13 January), is the Royal Shakespeare Companyís most recent staging of King Lear, starring Corin Redgrave as the ruler and father of three unruly daughters. Bill Alexanderís production of the Bardís tragedy continues the RSCís residency at the West Endís Albery Theatre, having transferred from Stratford, in the companyís season of Tragedies (See News, 15 Jul 2004). Itís limited season continues until 5 February.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 19 January 2005 (previews from 18 January), the Abbey Theatre Dublinís revival of Sean OíCaseyís The Plough and the Stars transfers to the Barbican Theatre. The new production of one of Irelandís classic political dramas, which received its world premiere at the Abbey in 1926, formed part of the venueís centenary celebrations last year. The four-acter follows the needs and aspirations of a group of neighbours in war-torn Dublin in 1916. Itís directed by Abbey artistic director Ben Barnes and runs in London until 29 January.
OPENING THURSDAY, 20 January 2005 (previews from 13 January), Simon Russell Beale stars as Shakespeareís most famous anti-hero in Macbeth at north Londonís Almeida Theatre (See News 17 December 2004). The play, in which ambition and the supernatural lead to murder and treachery, is directed by John Caird, who previously directed Beale in both Hamlet and Humble Boy at the National Theatre. Emma Fielding plays Lady Macbeth. The limited season continues until 5 March.
- by Caroline Ansdell
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