Royal Shakespeare Company Sets Casting and Opening Nights for 2011 New York Residency

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Casting and opening nights have been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2011 New York City residency, which will include the previously announced Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale.
Greg Hicks as King Lear
Greg Hicks as King Lear Photo by Manuel Harlan

Presented in repertory July 6-Aug. 14, 2011, the five productions are pulled from the RSC's 2009-2010 season and will be performed by the 44-member RSC acting ensemble. The Lincoln Center Festival, the Park Avenue Armory and Ohio State University have aligned to produce the event.

During its New York run, the RSC will take up residence at the Park Avenue Armory where a full-scale replica of the company's intimate thrust stage Courtyard Theatre will be constructed to house the plays. The 930-seat theatre is being specifically designed as a freestanding structure to fit within the Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

As You Like It will launch the residency July 6 and officially open July 7. RSC artistic director Michael Boyd will direct a cast including Katy Stephens as Rosalind/Ganymede, Jonjo O'Neill as Orlando, Richard Katz as Touchstone, Mariah Gale as Celia, Geoffrey Freshwater as Corin, Forbes Masson as Jaques, Clarence Smith as Duke Ferdinand, Sandy Neilson as Duke Frederick, Charles Aitken as Oliver, James Tucker as Silvius and Christine Entwisle as Phoebe.

Romeo and Juliet, helmed by Rupert Goold (Enron), will begin July 10 and open July 11. Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale star in the titular roles, with Forbes Masson as Friar Lawrence, Joseph Arkley as Tybalt, James Howard as Paris, Jonjo O'Neill as Mercutio, Noma Dumezweni as the Nurse, Richard Katz as Lord Capulet, Oliver Ryan as Benvolio, Christine Entwisle as Lady Capulet and David Carr as Escalus.

David Farr will direct King Lear, which will begin July 15 and open July 16. Greg Hicks will portray the failing king. The cast will also feature Kathryn Hunter as The Fool, Charles Aitken as Edgar, Geoffrey Freshwater as Gloucester, Darrell D'Silva as Kent, Samantha Young as Cordelia, Kelly Hunter as Goneril, Katy Stephens as Regan, John Mackay as Duke of Albany, Clarence Smith as Duke of Cornwall, James Tucker as Oswald and Tunji Kasim as Edmund. Farr will also stage The Winter's Tale, which is set to begin July 21 and open July 22. The cast will include Greg Hicks as Leontes, Kelly Hunter as Hermione, Darrell D'Silva as Polixenes, Samantha Young as Perdita, Tunji Kasim as Florizel, Brian Doherty as Autolycus, James Gale as Antigonus, Noma Dumezweni as Paulina, Larrington Walker as the Old Shepherd, John Mackay as Camillo and Gruffudd Gyn as Young Shepherd.

The final production will be Antony and Cleopatra, beginning July 28 and opening July 29. Michael Boyd will direct a cast featuring Kathryn Hunter as Cleopatra and Darrell D'Silva as Antony. The cast will also include John Mackay as Caesar, Brian Doherty as Enobarbus, Clarence Smith as Pompey and Hannah Young as Charmian.

Premium ticket packages are currently available by phoning (212) 875-5739. Individual ticket sale dates will be announced this fall.

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