Casting news: David Tennant in Richard II, Paul Ritter in The Audience and more

David Tennant as Hamlet. 2008. Photo Ellie Kurttz

Let’s take a moment to savour this: David Tennant as Richard II directed by Greg Doran. There have been rumours for a while but lately the discussion has been louder and it seems it will happen: David Tennant will play Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Company some time in late 2013 or early 2014, under the direction of Greg Doran in the new artistic director’s first season. David Tennant is in no small part responsible for my theatre obsession the last few years and my excitement for this news is unfettered. I will be clearly spending the next eighteen months dreaming of the Deposition Scene and who will play Bolingbroke. Chiwetel Ejiofor is my choice. It’s perfect and it needs to happen.

In other news:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time confirmed its transfer to the Apollo theatre from March 2013. Luke Treadway will continue to play Christopher for five performances a week with another actor stepping in for the remaining three. Sadly Paul Ritter, the other stand out performance in this production, won’t continue in his role as Christopher’s father, as he will play  John Major opposite Helen Mirren in The Audience starting performances in February 2013.

Dominic Cooke announced his final season as artistic director of the Royal Court: spine tingling excitement for Polly Stenham’s new play (I loved Tusk Tusk although I never saw That Face), and Bruce Norris’ The Low Road.  I started going to the theatre as Dominic Cooke started his time at the Royal Court so he is the first artistic director I saw through his full reign. Bruce Norris’ plays bookend his choices, The Pain and The Itch was the first play Dominic Cooke  directed in his first season and The Low Road will be his last. Vicky Featherstone will be magnificent and Dominic Cooke will be missed.

Anna Maxwell Martin and Gina McKee in a play written by Amelia Bullmore? Who can resist? I missed Hampstead Theatre‘s production of Di and Viv and Rose when it was playing at the small theatre downstairs, but the play is transferring to the big auditorium early next year and with this cast it will be unmissable.

– When he is not my dream Bolingbroke, Chiwetel Ejiofor does other things: next year he will star in the Young Vic’s production of A Season in the Congo directed by Joe Wright (it’s the film director’s second stage work in less than a year, after his production of Pinero’s Trelawny of the Wells at the Donnar). Everything Chiwetel Ejiofor does is an event and he hasn’t been on stage for a while, you shouldn’t miss it.

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