Actor makes Royal Shakespeare Company debut

John Lithgow will make his Royal Shakespeare Company debut in August playing Malvolio in “Twelfth Night.” The three-time Tony winner will headline a new production by noted U.K. helmer Neil Bartlett, whose adaptation of “Oliver Twist” recently toured the US, winning an Obie award.

Lithgow will be joined by a cross-gender cast, with some female actors taking on male parts and vice versa, including Iain McKee and Chris New making RSC debuts as twins Sebastian and Viola, and Marjorie Yates playingSir Toby Belch.

Production will play the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre, a 1000-seat thrust-stage, for a limited run from Aug. 30-Oct. 6.

Although an RSC spokesperson said there are no definite plans for a London run, the company, under a five-year agreement with Cameron Mackintosh, annually transfers three of its main-house productions to one of Mackintosh’s six London theaters at the turn of each calendar year.

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