Mark Rylance to star in 'Twelfth Night,' 'Richard III' on Broadway

June 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Two-time Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance is to star in William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" on Broadway this fall, producers announced.

Rylance is best known in New York for his Tony-winning performances in the plays "Jerusalem" and "Boeing-Boeing."

He will star as the "suddenly love-struck noblewoman Olivia" in "Twelfth Night" and as the "ruthless and conniving title monarch" in "Richard III," a news release issued Thursday said. The critically heralded all-male Shakespeare's Globe productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" previously broke box-office records in London's West End.

The stagings, which will play in repertory, will open Nov. 10 at the Belasco Theatre, with previews beginning Oct. 15. The limited engagement will run for 16 weeks.

"These productions show how laugh-out-loud funny, thrillingly theatrical and immediate Shakespeare plays can be," the producers said in a statement. "To see Mark Rylance, who is one of the world's greatest, most accomplished and acclaimed stage actors, and the remarkable Shakespeare's Globe company in these two uniquely staged extraordinary productions is an unforgettable experience. It is important to us that the opportunity is accessible to all audiences, across the house, so we are thrilled to be able to offer 250 seats at $25 for every performance, bookable in advance, throughout the engagement."

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