They will now continue, running in repertory, until 22 March 2003, ahead of the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday, which stars Denise Van Outen and opens 8 April following previews.
The 28-strong company for the RSC season - presented by RSC associate director Gregory Doran and, unusually for the RSC, produced in the West End by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt - is led by Antony Sher (pictured), David Rintoul, Claire Benedict and Joe Dixon. The period pieces originally ran together as a collective from April to July 2002 at the Swan Theatre in Stratford.
The season comprises: Dominic Cooke's production of The Malconent by John Webster and John Marston; John Fletcher's The Island Princess, directed by Doran; Philip Massinger's The Roman Actor, directed by David Hunt; Shakespeare's own Edward III, directed by Anthony Clark; and Lucy Pitman-Wallace's production of Eastward Ho! by George Chapman, Ben Jonson and John Marston.
- by Terri Paddock