The Royal Shakespeare Company Jacobean season has extended its run at the West End's Gielgud Theatre by two months. The five rarely performed plays -Edward III, Eastward Ho!, The Roman Actor, The Island Princess and The Malconent - opened on 5 December 2002 and had been booking to 25 January 2003.

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