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Rush, Rickman, Jacobi to play BAM

Presenter announces spring season

Geoffrey Rush, Alan Rickman and Derek Jacobi are among the thesps lined up for stage stints as part of the spring 2011 season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Theater-heavy lineup, which also includes opera and dance offerings, kicks off with the Abbey Theater production of Henrik Ibsen play “John Gabriel Borkman” (Jan. 7-Feb. 6), which reunites Rickman with his “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” co-star Lindsay Duncan. Fiona Shaw also appears in the play about a bank manager recently released from prison for embezzlement.

Production, helmed by James McDonald, recently began perfs at the Abbey in Dublin. Frank McGuinness provides the new version of the play.

Rush appears in an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Diary of a Madman” (Feb. 11-March 12) helmed by Neil Armfield, who directed Rush’s 2009 Broadway outing “Exit the King.” Production from Aussie troupe Belvoir will bow in Oz in December.

Jacobi reprises his perf as the title character in “King Lear,” the Donmar Warehouse production helmed by Michael Grandage (“Red,” “Hamlet”). It preems in London in December.

Also on the BAM bill is a return visit from Edward Hall’s U.K. company Propeller, set to bring its staging of Shakespeare tale “The Comedy of Errors” (March 16-27), as well as a stint for Cheek by Jowl’s production of “Macbeth” (April 5-16).

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