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Judie Dench and Daniel Radcliffe in Michael Grandage’s New Season at the Noel Coward Theatre

Sunday, 17th Jun 2012  

The Former Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse Presents Season of Plays in the West End

BBC News today reports that a new season of shows will be appearing at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre will be the home of a new season of shows from Michael Grandage, the former Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.

Part of the season sees Judi Dench appear in “Peter And Alice”, confirming an earlier report accessed at the New York Post in May, which will also see her reunited with Ben Wishaw, who plays Q to her M in the upcoming James Bond film “Skyfall”.

“Peter and Alice” is by John Logan, one of the writers of the aforementioned film, making the production a full reunion when it appears at the venue. It will see Dench portraying an aging Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” as she meets Peter from “Peter Pan”.

Dench, in addition to the James Bond films, has appeared in a wealth of movie and stage productions over the years including “Madame De Sade” at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2009 and, more recently, as the voice of the Giant in “Into The Woods” at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

The season begins with “Privates On Parade”, the 1977 play from Peter Nichols, which will feature Simon Russell Beale as a part of its cast and will transport audiences back to the Second World War.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh will follow it and this is another production that will attract considerable attention as it will star Daniel Radcliffe among the cast members. The star of the “Harry Potter” movies previously appeared in the West End’s “Equus” at the Gielgud Theatre in 2007.

That is followed by the already-mentioned “Peter and Alice”, which in turn will be followed by “Henry V” with Jude Law in the lead role. It is one of two Shakespearean productions set to land at the London theatre as part of the season, with the other being “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with “Little Britain” star David Walliams.

According to the previous NY Post article, Dench’s “Peter and Alice” could also appear on Broadway.

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