New York audiences saw her U.S. debut in the one-woman show, The Waste Land, but noted British actress Fiona Shaw is otherwise a rare presence on the U.S. side of the Atlantic. For two weeks in October, however, Manhattanites can see a television broadcast of one of Shaw's recent triumphs at London's National Theatre, 1995's Richard II. In a coup of non-traditional casting, she plays Richard.
The story of two cousins vying for power has been reconceived, via close ups, for the small screen.
Richard II will be receive ten screenings, Oct. 16-26, at the Museum Of Television & Radio, 25 West 52nd St.
Shaw has starred in Royal Shakespeare Company productions of As You Like It and Electra; and the Royal National Theatre's productions of The Good Person Of Szechwan and Machinal. For all four, she took home a Best Actress Olivier Award. She also won the London Critics Award for Szechwan and Hedda Gabler.
For information on the screenings, call (212) 621-6600. -- By David Lefkowitz