Josie Rourke, currently represented by her production of Men Should Weep at the National Theatre and the artistic director of west London's Bush Theatre, directs; it is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Tennant, who will play Benedick, was last seen on the London stage in the title role of the RSC's production of Hamlet. He is best known for playing the tenth incarnation of the title role of TV's "Dr Who," but his extensive prior stage credits include seasons with the RSC, for whom he has appeared in As You Like It, The Herbal Bed, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo an dJuliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Love's Labour's Lost in addition to Hamlet. His film credits include "LA Without a Map," "Bright Young Things," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold" and the forthcoming "Fright Night" and "The Decoy Bride." He has most recently been seen playing the title character in the BBC's "Single Father" and next year he will play Jimmy Murphy in BBC television's "United."
Tate, who plays Beatrice, can currently be seen in Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings at the National Theatre. Her own TV sketch show "The Catherine Tate Show" has had three successful seasons on the BBC, and she has previously appeared opposite Tennant as the Doctor's companion in the fourth series of "Dr Who." She was last seen in the West End in David Eldridge's Under the Blue Sky. Other theatre credits include Neil LaBute's Some Girls at the Gielgud Theatre, The Exonerated at Riverside Studios, A Servant to Two Masters for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Prince's Play and The Way of the World for the National Theatre.
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