2013 will be another year for celebrity Shakespeare. James McAvoy will play Macbeth early in the year. The Michael Grandage season continues with David Walliams and Sheridan Smith staring in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Jude Law in Henry V. In autumn, at the Old Vic, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones will be playing Beatrice and Bendick in Much Ado About Nothing. Yet to go on sale, but not a surprise, Adrian Lester will play Othello at the National Theatre.
In Stratford, there are lots to look forward to, particularly the Alex Waldman and Pippa Nixon reunion in As You Like It and again in Hamlet with Jonathan Slinger in the title role. Joining As You Like It and Hamlet on the RST main stage will be All’s Well that End’s Well, and in the Swan theatre there is a Titus Andronicus.
At the Globe, I’m looking forward to The Tempest, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The RSC and the Globe are bringing their Shakespeare to York with The Winter’s Tale and a Henry VI season.
There has been a taste for concept Shakespeare recently. The Wyndham’s Much Ado About Nothing and Rupert Goold’s The Merchant of Venice split audiences and the critics, but were very interesting interpretations. Will 2013 bring another surprise? It looks like the Globe will continue with its original practice approach, and there is talk that the RSC Hamlet might return to renaissance dress.
With most of the summer and autumn mapped out, I am waiting with anticipation, and excitement, for the announcement of Greg Doran’s first season as artistic director of the RSC. What will be the RSC’s winter season be like? I doubt we’ll see another long ensemble project, but I think we’ll see the return of the ‘celebrity’ actor to the RSC. I’m sure we’ll know soon.