Corin Redgrave (pictured) is furthering his bid to become London theatreland’s most prolific leading man for 2005. Having just finished back-to-back West End seasons for the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and Tynan, he’ll take on another title role when he makes his Shakespeare’s Globe debut in this summer’s production of Pericles, which runs in repertory at the open air venue from 2 June to 1 October 2005 (previews from 20 May).

Commenting on his new role of Pericles the Elder in the production, Redgrave said: “I am very excited to be performing at Shakespeare’s Globe at long last after being in the audience every year since the first production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1996. I have stood amongst the groundlings for nearly a decade and I am in love with this wonderful space.”

Redgrave has also been tipped to star later this year in a West End revival of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version, previously seen at Derby Playhouse (See The Goss, 8 Feb 2005). Redgrave’s many other stage credits include No Man’s Land, Not About Nightingales, A Song at Twilight and The Cherry Orchard. In the last two, he appeared with his sister, Vanessa Redgrave, who made her own Globe debut in 2000 playing a female Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which coincidentally, also figures in this year’s schedule.

As previously announced (See News, 10 Nov 2004), in the 2005 production of The Tempest, which runs from 18 May to 2 October 2005 (previews from 7 May), artistic director Mark Rylance will play Prospero (as well as Stephano and Alonso) in a staging involving only three actors. Rylance will be joined by two young actors: Edward Hogg (Woyzeck at the Gate, The Pillowman on tour) playing Ariel/Antonio/Trinculo/Miranda, and Alex Hassell (last year’s Measure for Measure at the Globe) playing Calban/Gonzalo/Sebastian.

The Tempest actors will be supported in their storytelling by three dancers (Liz Collier, Fiona Creese, Sian Williams) and seven singers (Daniel Auchincloss, Benjamin Bevan, Robert MacDonal, William Missin, Faye Newton, William Purefoy, Stuart Young). The production is directed by Tim Carroll.

In the cast of Pericles, directed by actress-turned-director Kathryn Hunter, Redgrave will be joined by Jude Akuwudike, Matt Costain, Harry Gostelow, Iisa Ilona Jantti, Matilda Leyser, Robert Luckay (as Pericles the Younger), Marcello Magni, Victoria McManus, Jules Melvin, Patrice Naiambana, Alex Poulter, Laura Rees, Hilary Tones and Aaron Walker.

The 2005 summer programme, titled “The Season of the World and Underworld”, marks Mark Rylance’s tenth and final season as artistic director. He announced last September that he would step down in December 2005 (See News, 15 Sep 2004). A successor has not yet been appointed. Later in the season, Rylance will also appear in a new adaptation of Plautus’ The Storm, but full casting has not yet been announced for that or the season’s other main production, The Winter's Tale.

- by Terri Paddock