Mendes Will Direct Dillane, Duff, Camargo and Rylance in Tempest and As You Like It

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The Bridge Project will present productions of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and As You Like It at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in early 2010 before heading to Asia and Europe.
Christian Camargo
Christian Camargo

Sam Mendes will again direct the productions, which will boast Stephen Dillane, Anne-Marie Duff, Christian Camargo and Juliet Rylance.

Dillane will play Prospero in The Tempest and Jacques in As You Like It with Duff as Ariel and Rosalind, Camargo as Stephano and Orlando and Rylance as Miranda and Celia.

The international journey of the productions will begin in January 2010 at BAM's Harvey Theater with As You Like It, followed by The Tempest in February 2010. The Shakespeare plays will then visit Asia and Europe before arriving in London at The Old Vic in summer 2010.

In a statement director Mendes said, "Stephen Dillane and I began a conversation about his playing Prospero in The Tempest when I first conceived The Bridge Project back in 2007 and I'm delighted to be finally bringing those plans to fruition. I'm equally thrilled to be welcoming Anne-Marie Duff, one of the finest actors of her generation, playing Rosalind in As You Like It. Complemented by Christian Camargo and Juliet Rylance—two actors I have also followed, admired and hoped to collaborate with—it all adds to my excitement about forming The Bridge Project's second company, and building on the wonderful experience of our first year."

The productions will feature set design by Tom Piper, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Simon Baker with music by Mark Bennett and choreography by Josh Prince. For the inaugural season of the Bridge Project, which offered The Cherry Orchard and The Winter's Tale, Mendes assembled a company boasting stage veterans from both sides of the Atlantic: Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Rebecca Hall, Richard Easton, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Paul Jesson, Aaron Krohn, Dakin Matthews, Mark Nelson, Hannah Stokely, Michael Braun, Selina Cadell, Morven Christie, Charlotte Parry, Gary Powell, Tobias Segal and Jessica Pollert Smith.

The Bridge Project, a joint venture between BAM, The Old Vic and director Mendes, was conceived as a three-year endeavor.

Tickets will go on sale in the fall for the BAM run.

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