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Mark Rylance Leads Bard Doubleheader to Broadway

Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett also to appear in 'Twelfth Night' and 'Richard III' this fall

Brit thesp Mark Rylance will reprise his two lead roles in the Shakespeare’s Globe all-male productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III” on Broadway this fall in a double bill with a cast that also includes Stephen Fry and Samuel Barnett.

Rylance, who’s scored Tonys for his perfs in “Boeing-Boeing” and “Jerusalem,” will play lovestruck Olivia in comedy “Twelfth Night” and the titular hunchbacked royal in “Richard III.” Fry is on board as uptight Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” while Barnett, last on Broadway in “The History Boys,” will star as shipwrecked Viola in “Twelfth Night” and as Queen Elizabeth in “Richard.”

The two productions originally bowed at the Globe in London last fall and went on to play the West End. Tim Carroll helms, with design from Jenny Tiramani and music by Claire van Kampen.

The show’s 16-week Rialto run, during which the two titles will play in rep, makes double-headers something of a trend on the Main Stem this fall. Another repertory diptych, “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land,” also is on tap for a November opening.

Sonia Friedman Prods., Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin, Stephanie P. McClelland, 1001 Nights, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Glass Half Full Prods., Rupert Gavin,  Max Cooper and Shakespeare Road Prods. produce the Broadway run in association with Shakespeare Globe Center USA. Productions begin previews Oct. 15 ahead of a Nov. 10 opening at the Belasco Theater.

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