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Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest at the Haymarket Theatre

Monday, 28th Mar 2011

The Academy Award-Nominated Actor Sets His Sights on the West End in 2011

Baz Bamigboye, the Daily Mail show business columnist that regularly unveils casting news in the West End, has revealed that Ralph Fiennes will be making his way to the stage in 2011 for an appearance in “The Tempest” at the Haymarket Theatre. It will be the latest London theatre appearance from the actor whose career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre stretches back to the 1980s. As a well known Hollywood actor as well, it is likely that there will be plenty of people hoping to witness him take to the stage, particularly as the show is directed by the renowned Trevor Nunn.

Fiennes is perhaps best known in the modern day for his role as Lord Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” series of movies – of which the final movie arrives this summer – in addition to other films such as “The Reader”, “Red Dragon” and acclaimed roles in “The English Patient” and “Schindler’s List”. His career, however, has also seen him appear in an abundance of stage productions between 1985 and the modern day. From his early appearances in “Twelfth Night” at the Open Air Theatre and “Much Ado About Nothing” for the Royal Shakespeare Company to recent appearances in “God of Carnage” at the Gielgud Theatre and “Oedipus the King” at The National Theatre, he has a wealth of experience.

The Tempest is William Shakespeare’s classic play that focuses on the banished Duke of Milan, Prospero, and his daughter as they are stranded out at sea. Usurped by his brother Antonio he is banished from his kingdom and eventually finds himself conjuring a new home for himself on an island. And when he finds a new opportunity get his revenge on the court he conjures up a gigantic wave those responsible for his situation to his side.

It is one of many Shakespearean plays to be appearing in the capital in 2011, with others including “Richard III” at The Old Vic, “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Wyndham’s Theatre and “Pericles” at the Open Air Theatre in the summer.

Those that cannot wait until later in the year when “The Tempest” opens can still check out Flare Path at the same venue, Trevor Nunn’s other production in the capital, which opened in March and continues to Saturday 4th June 2011.

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