Mark Rylance is pretty great. Mark Rylance x 2 is just beyond. But brace yourself, theater fans, as two-time Tony winner (and could it soon be three and four?) Rylance will perform Richard III (in the title role) and show his lighter side in Twelfth Night as Olivia, in full drag no less, on Broadway this fall in two all-male Shakespeare’s Globe productions. (Look out, Billy Porter!)
And don’t fret about cost, according to the official press release: “the producers are pleased to announce that at every performance, 250 seats will be set aside to be sold for $25. These seats will include the balcony, as well as selected seats in the orchestra, mezzanine, boxes and Globe-style on-stage seating, bookable in advance. Over 20,000 $25 tickets will be made available throughout the run.”
Those who saw Rylance in his Tony roles in Boeing Boeing and Jerusalem have no doubt been waiting for him to do some classical work on Broadway. He’s joined in the Twelfth Night cast by veteran British actor Stephen Fry, who is making his Broadway debut as Malvolio. For those who can’t get enough double bills of classics with great English actors, this fall will also be offering Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart taking on Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett in No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot, respectively. Those shows will be playing in a rotating schedule, with Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley offering what’s sure to be solid support.
So all of you who are fatigued by the umpteenth movie adaptation hitting the Broadway stage, you can settle in this autumn with no less than four highbrow jewels fit for a King.
Richard III/Twelfth Night will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on October 15, with an opening night scheduled for November 10. No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot will begin previews on October 26 at the Cort Theatre, with an opening night scheduled for November 24.