Antony Sher's Macbeth (not to be confused with another production further down the seaboard) and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's H.M.S. Pinafore open Connecticut's International Festival of Arts & Ideas June 16.
Having played at London's Young Vic through June 3, Sher's Macbeth received strong reviews, especially for the actor and his Lady, Harriet Walter. Gregory Doran directs the tale of ambition leading to murder leading to madness.
Joining Sher and Walter are Ken Bones (Banquo), John Dougall (Malcolm), Trevor Martin (Duncan), Paul Webster (Ross) and Stephen Noonan (The Porter).
Sher was last seen in the United States as painter Stanley Spencer in Stanley at Broadway's Circle in the Square. He was universally acclaimed (and wrote a book on his experiences) as Shakespeare's Richard the Third. In 2000, he received an Olivier nomination for his portrayal of Leontes in The Winter's Tale.
Macbeth runs June 15-June 25 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, specially created by Gilbert and Sullivan to perform their works, are making their first tour in America in 20 years. They will run at the Shubert Performing Arts Center in New Haven June 16-18.
Other Festival pieces of theatrical interest are Steven Berkoff's one-man show, Shakespeare's Villians - A Masterclass in Evil at the Rich Forum June 20, the Long Wharf June 27-July 1 and the Tansill Theatre June 23-24 and the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre in Stamford June 21-14 and in New Haven June 27-July 1.
For information on the Long Wharf Theatre, call (203) 787-4282 or visit them on the web at at http://www.longwharf.org. The Internatinal Festival of Arts and Ideas is on the web at http://www.artidea.org.