As You Like It Opens in London With Sienna Miller June 21

News   As You Like It Opens in London With Sienna Miller June 21
Sienna Miller, most often talked-about in the U.K. as Jude Law’s other half, gets the chance to strut her Shakespearean stuff in a new staging of As You Like It. The show opens June 21.

Miller stars alongside Helen McCrory, Dominic West and Reece Shearsmith. The Shakespeare comedy is directed by David Lan.

Lan sets the action in late 1940’s France, complete with songs in the style of Yves Montand and Edith Piaf and shadows of the devastation wreaked by World War Two. Sonia Friedman produces in association with the Young Vic, where Lan is artistic director. However, the show plays the Wyndhams. Set and costume designs are supplied by Richard Hudson.

Miller, a New Yorker by birth, trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Theatre work in New York includes Independence, A School for Scandal and Cigarettes and Chocolate. Her movie career includes “Alfie,” where she co-starred with Law.

She plays Celia, with Helen McCrory as Rosalind. McCrory’s recent London theatre bows include Five Gold Rings at the Almeida, and Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya all at the Donmar Warehouse (the latter two were Sam Mendes’ farewell shows, and transferred to BAM in New York).

Dominic West plays Orlando. The role marks a return to the West End after a stint away working in film and TV, notably as Jimmy McNulty in HBO’s “The Wire.” His Broadway credits include Design for Living, and in London he won the Ian Charleson Award for The Seagull at the Old Vic. Reece Shearsmith, playing Jaques, is best known as one of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen. The League made a London stage appearance in 2001 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and in 2002 Shearsmith played Yvan in Art at the Whitehall Theatre.

The production is part of the Young Vic’s “Walkabout” season while their South London base is being renovated. Other forthcoming shows include the Young Genius festival (a celebration of gifted young artists) at the Barbican Centre in autumn 2005, and Rufus Norris will direct the Christmas show, Tintin.

For more information about As You Like It, call (0)870 060 6633.

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