Joseph Fiennes, star of Shakespeare in Love, will follow his older brother Ralph onto the boards at the National Theatre in the new year, joining the cast of Love's Labours Lost, Trevor Nunn's farewell production as artistic director, which opens at the NT Olivier on 21 February 2003, after Nunn's twinned musical production of Cole Porter's Anything Goes.

Joseph Fiennes will play the lovestruck Berowne alongside Simon Day's King of Navarre in Nunn's production of the Shakespearean comedy, the cast of which also includes John Barrowman (Dumaine), Denis Quilley (Boyet), Robin Soans (Holofernes), Anthony Cable, Paul Grunet, Richard Henders, Akiya Henry and Tam Mutu. The production is designed by John Gunter, with lighting by David Hersey.

Although not seen on the London stage since the Royal Court's 1998 premiere of Real Classy Affair, Joseph Fiennes caused a stir in March 2001 when he took the title role of the homosexual king in Michael Grandage's production of Marlowe's Edward II at the Sheffield Crucible.

His earlier stage credits include A Month in the Country (Albery Theatre), The Woman in Black (Fortune) and numerous RSC productions. In addition to the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love, Fiennes' other screen credits include Luther, Enemy at the Gates, Elizabeth, Martha Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence.

Meanwhile, older brother Ralph Fiennes appears next week at the NT Cottesloe in the world premiere of The Talking Cure, Christopher Hampton's play about Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, directed by Howard Davies and running from 12 December 2002 to 18 January 2003 (previews from 6 December). Next spring he'll appear in a revival of Ibsen's Brand, Adrian Noble's swansong production as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. It opens in Stratford before transferring to the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket in May 2003.

- by Terri Paddock