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Other Shakespearean enterprises include the well-known-but-seldom-seen Romeo and Juliet, which will open at the Richard Rodgers Sept. 19. Director David Leveaux makes the differences between the two noble houses of Verona more stark than usual: The Montague household will be white, and the Capulet family will be black. This season's Macbeth — The Scottish Play, apparently no longer thought cursed — is one we're seeing quite often on Broadway in recent years. The latest production will be at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, with Ethan Hawke as the blood-soaked ladder-climber and Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth, the ultimate woman behind the man. Jack O'Brien directs the production, which begins performances Oct. 24.
The British love playing in rep. In addition to the Rylance double bill, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be showing what they can do with Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. The duo will star in Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Pinter's No Man's Land, two modern classics chock full of existential mystery, at the Cort Theatre, starting Oct. 26. Rounding out the casts of the two four-handers will be a couple of not-half-bad Tony winners, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley. Sean Mathias directs. Pinter gets more play over at the Barrymore Theatre, where tickets to Betrayal have been selling like hotcakes. Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall play out the backward-traveling love triangle in a production staged by Mike Nichols. Previews begin Oct. 1.
A more seldomly produced British author (on these shores anyway) will get an airing when the Roundabout Theatre Company presents a rare U.S. revival of The Winslow Boy, the 1946 family drama by Terence Rattigan. Roger Rees and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio head the cast of the Lindsay Posner-directed piece. Previews begin Sept. 20.
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