Jonathan Kent's Almeida productions of two Racine classics, Phedre translated by poet laureate Ted Hughes and Britannicus translated by Robert David MacDonald, will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jan. 5-17, 1999. The acting company for both plays will include Dame Diana Rigg, Julian Glover, David Bradley, Holly de Jong, Avril Elgar, Barbara Jefford and Toby Stephens.
Rigg's most recent stage credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Medea , both for the Almeida. The latter transferred to Broadway for a successful run. Other theatre work includes numerous Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester and West End productions. Rigg is perhaps best known for her various film and television roles in programs such as "The Avengers" and "Mother Love" and films including A Little Night Music and A Good Man in Africa.
Both Racine plays will be directed by the Almeida's joint artistic director Jonathan Kent. His many productions for the Almeida include Naked with Juliette Binoche, Medea , The School for Wives , Ivanov and The Government Inspector .
For tickets or more information on Phedre and Britannicus at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, call (718) 636-4100.