English actor Ralph Fiennes will receive this year's William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre ("Will" Award) from The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C. The ceremony will take place March 3 at the Library of Congress.
Fiennes joins past British winners of the prize such as Anthony Hopkins, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Lynn Redgrave and Kenneth Branagh. American honorees include Kevin Kline, Hal Holbrook, Sam Waterston, Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman.
Fiennes has been seen on American stages almost exclusively in the works of Shakespeare. Last fall, he played the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Coriolanus and Richard II. He won the Tony Award for his performance in Hamlet.
For information on the awards ceremony, (202) 547-3230, ext. 2330.
—By Robert Simonson