In a press statement, Robert O'Dowd, chief executive of the Rose Theatre, commented, "It's a huge honour for the Rose to be continuing our journey in this way – producing brilliant plays with some of the most exciting artists from both the theatre and film worlds. We feel enormously privileged to have both John Malkovich making his London directorial debut with Zach Helm's Good Canary and another great American director Michael Rudman presenting his take on Arthur Miller's classic All My Sons. And following last year's extraordinary The Wars of the Roses, we are also delighted to be welcoming back Trevor Nunn to direct the epic King John."
Malkovich added, "I'm delighted to be working at the Rose and very pleased to be working again on Good Canary, and to be finally working on the play in its native language."
King John will begin performances May 13 prior to an official opening May 18, for a run through June 5. The production will mark Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, but more personally for director Nunn — who previously was a long-serving artistic director of the RSC from 1968 to 1986 and subsequently artistic director of the National from 1997 to 20003 — it takes the penultimate step in his undertaking to direct all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
Zach Helm's Good Canary will begin performances Sept. 16 prior to an official opening Sept. 21 for a run through Oct. 8. Previously presented in Mexico City and Paris (where it won two Molière Awards for Best Director and Design), it now receives its U.K debut. In the play, Jack is on the verge of signing a multi-million-dollar deal with a leading publisher, following rave reviews for his first novel. With his wife Annie struggling with addiction and mental illness, will she cope with the public scrutiny that comes with success?
Malkovich has acted in, directed or designed costumes for more than fifty Steppenwolf Theatre Company productions. Prior directing credits for theatre include Balm in Gilead (Steppenwolf), The Caretaker and Libra. His 2003 French stage production of Hysteria was honoured with five Molière Award nominations including Best Director. All My Sons will begin performances Oct. 28 prior to an official opening Nov. 2, for a run through Nov. 19. Rudman has previously been artistic director at Hampstead Theatre and Sheffield Theatres, as well as director of the National's Lyttelton Theatre during Peter Hall's tenure as artistic director there. On Broadway, he directed Death Of A Salesman in a production that starred Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich and won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Revival, and Hamlet at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre with Sam Waterston in the title role in 1975.
To book tickets, which go on sale contact the box office on 020 8174 0090, or visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org