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Michael Elwyn and Peter Wight Cast in Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic Theatre

Thursday, 1st Aug 2013  

James Garnon, Tim Barlow and Others Also Joining the Cast, Which Already Includes James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave

Much anticipation is felt for the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic Theatre. Not only does it boast a director in Mark Rylance it also has James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave on the cast list, both of whom are reuniting on the stage for the first time since appearing together in Driving Miss Daisy at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2011.

Now more cast members have been added to this list, with names appearing like Tim Barlow, Penelope Beaumont, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Katherine Carlton, Alan David, Michael Elwyn, James Garnon, Melody Grove, Trevor Laird, Leroy Osei-Bonsu, Mark Ross, Peter Wight and Danny Lee Wynter. They join the already announced Jones and Redgrave, as well as Beth Cooke and Lloyd Everett.

Michael Elwyn has appeared in a wealth of roles over the years, with his most high profile stage work in recent time being The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in which he portrayed former Prime Minister Anthony Eden. His screen roles have included the television series Stella, in which he portrayed Ken, Da Vinci’s Demons, in which he portrayed Gentile Becchi, plus the movie The Iron Lady and the television series Robin Hood.

Meanwhile, Peter Wight has also appeared in a range of roles, including older television shows like Z-Cars, recent programmes like Public Enemies and Life On Mars, plus movies such as Hot Fuzz. On the stage his work has included Trelawny Of The Wells at the Donmar Warehouse (in 2013), Ivanov at the Cottesloe National Theatre (in 2002) and Mouth To Mouth at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre - in 2001).

Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare’s classic about two sets of couples that are tormented by a Prince. One couple wants to be wed and the other doesn’t, but the Prince finds a way to make things difficult for both.

The Old Vic Theatre is currently the home of Sweet Bird of Youth with Kim Cattrall among the cast members. Much Ado About Nothing is set to follow it with a run from Thursday 19th September 2013 (previews begin on Saturday 7th September 2013).

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