Variety reports that the actress will star in Euripides' Hecuba at the Washington theatre for a three-week run that begins May 21, 2005. The classic drama is a production of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which will debut at the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon home in February 2005. Directed by Laurence Boswell, Hecuba will run through June 12 at the Kennedy Center. Born in London in 1937, Vanessa Redgrave made her Broadway debut in The Lady from the Sea. She also starred on The Great White Way in Orpheus Descending and the 2003 revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night, earning a Tony Award for her performance in the latter. Redgrave won an Academy Award for her work in "Julia"; she was also Oscar nominated for her roles in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment," "Isadora," "Mary, Queen of Scots," "The Bostonians" and "Howards End."
Hecuba, a tragedy, is set during the Trojan wars. The Queen of Troy (Hecuba) seeks vengeance for the murder of her daughter.