Ralph Fiennes, who played the title role in Hamlet on Broadway several seasons back, returns to New York City this fall in two other Shakespearean roles. The British actor will alternate in the leads of Richard II and Coriolanus at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Almeida Theatre Company productions will run Sept. 6 to Oct. 1.
Richard II, playing 14 performances only, will be seen first, on Sept. 6 (a gala performance), and continue on Sept. 7, 12-13, 16-17, 19 20, 23-24, 26-27, 30 and Oct. 1. Coriolanus will play 12 shows, Sept. 9, 10, 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30.
Fiennes' two assignments will take him to opposite sides of the dramatic spectrum. Coriolanus is a willful military leader, so headstrong and disdainful of the masses, that he is banished from the Rome that once cheered him. Richard II, meanwhile, is a foppish and ineffectual leader who acquires nobility only after he is unseated.
Fiennes won a Tony for his Hamlet. Of late, he has been seen more frequently on film, including the recent "The End of the Affair."
Jonathan Kent -- who piloted Hamlet, as well as Medea, Phedre and Britannicus, all featuring Diana Rigg -- will direct. The cast will feature Barbara Jefford as Volumnia and the Duchess of York; Linus Roache as Bolingbroke and Aufidis; Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York and Menenius; Emilia Fox as Queen Isabel and Virgilia; Robert Swann as Northumberland; and David Burke as John of Gaunt and Cominius.
A "BAMdialogue" will take place following the Sept. 12, 7:30 PM performance, featuring Fiennes, Roache and Kent.
--By Robert Simonson