Rylance to Star in Guthrie's Peer Gynt

News   Rylance to Star in Guthrie's Peer Gynt British actor Mark Rylance will star in the title role of the Guthrie's upcoming production of Peer Gynt, according to a press notice.

Robert Bly has provided the adaptation for the classic Henrik Ibsen work, which will be directed by Tim Carroll. Production dates are Jan. 12-March 2, 2008, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage with an official opening Jan. 18. "He is arrogant, manipulative, and dishonest, yet we can't take our eyes off him," press notes state. "He is Peer Gynt. A timeless and rarely-produced masterpiece, with a newly commissioned translation by prolific poet and Minnesota native Robert Bly. Bold, raucous and satirically funny, this charming fantasy play captures the misadventures of the charismatic Peer Gynt on a journey to find his place in the world."

Mark Rylance was formerly the artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London. His previous appearances at the Guthrie include roles in Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night.

The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis. For tickets call (877) 44 STAGE or visit www.guthrietheater.org.