Monday, September 10, 2007

Tennant vs. Law - Jude signs up for Hamlet!

Michael Grandage continues to be utterly, utterly brilliant. The Stage is reporting that he's securing the Donmar Warehouse's future by using a reserve fund they've built up during his tenure to buy the building (it's currently rented by their 'landlord' Ambassador Theatres), and a new initiative called Donmar West End will take four plays a year to the Wyndham's, starting with a ridiculously good season...

I might as well just copy/paste it... :)

"[The season] will kick off with Branagh reuniting with Grandage (who previously directed him in the title role of Richard III at Shefield Crucible) to revive Chekhov’s Ivanov, beginning performances at Wyndham’s from September 12 prior to an official opening on September 18. Tom Stoppard has been commissioned to provide a new version of Chekhov’s first play.

Grandage will also be reunited with Derek Jacobi, whom he previously directed in both The Tempest and Don Carlos (at Sheffield Crucible and subsequently at London’s Old Vic and Gielgud respectively), on a new production of Twelfth Night, beginning performances on December 5, 2008 prior to an official opening on December 10, in which Jacobi will play Malvolio. Grandage is also to direct Yukio Mishima’s Madame de Sade, running from March 13, 2008 prior to an official opening on March 18, before Kenneth Branagh directs Jude Law as Hamlet, running from May 29, with the official opening on June 3."


A bit good, isn't it? Now Mr Billington will have less to complain about when it comes to straight plays in the West End! Can't wait to have Jacobi and Grandage back together - Don Carlos remains pretty much the best play I've seen. As for Jude, well he sneaks his performance of Hamlet in just before Tennant starts at the RSC, so expect much comparison. From me, at least...

7 comments:

Marie said...

Good lord, would Brannagh please back away from the Hamlet? How many versions does that make now?

Poly_Gianniba said...

Between this morning (when I first saw the press release) and this evening, they changed the dates, and now Law's Hamlet is in summer 2009, a year after Tennant plays Hamlet with RSC.
I can understand that they wouldn't want to class, but haven't they thought that earlier?

stu_n said...

Urgh, decisions decisions. Tennant and Stewart are a big draw, but Gregory Doran's directing; I saw his version of Othello and it was terrible. On the other hand, I like Branagh as a director but Jude Law is a terrible choice for Hamlet, because he can't act.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Thank you Stu for stating the obvious. For my taste, I can't even count Law as eye-candy as the bloke does nothing for me...

AnnaWaits said...

I gotta agree... can't say I'd be massively interested in seeing him. Especially seeing as though we have such an appealing alternative... :)

Stu_N said...

And there's a third! Apparently Stephen Dillane is playing Hamlet at the Old Vic, directed by Sam Mendes... and there's the best option, right there.

Poly_Gianniba said...

The Stephen Dillane/ Sam Mendes Hamlet production at the Old Vic is not happening. Stephen Dillane had to withdraw for family reasons and the production is not going ahead without him. The cancellation was announced two months ago. The Guardian should do more research.

Although Stephen Dillane would have been fab, I am still more excited about David Tennant. DT is more hungry for it and at the right age, and it's hard to predict how his Hamlet will turn out. Stephen Dillane did Hamlet 13 years ago, he was in his late thirties and by all accounts he left a huge mark on the role. Doing it again doesn't sound as exciting.