Whether you pronounce his name Rafe, Ralph, or Lord Voldemort, this is excellent news indeed! I received the greatest surprise this morning: Ralph Fiennes will be taking on the role of Prospero in The Tempest this autumn! Could we be any luckier? Yes! Trevor Nunn will be directing!
Fiennes is a well-known thespian in England, known to most on the North American side of the pond for his roles in The English Patient and Schindler’s List, or, to a slightly younger generation, for playing opposite J.Lo in Maid in Manhattan and fighting in “deadly enmity” with Harry Potter in the eponymous blockbuster films.
Sir Trevor Nunn is a huge theatrical heavy-hitter: you may not have directly heard his name, but you’ve definitely experienced his work! Nunn was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director for the heroically long span of 1968-1986, his work included a landmark production of Macbeth, starring Ian McKellan and Judi Dench, the first production of the hugely successful Les Miserables, the longest running show on London’s West End. His work outside the RSC includes being the first director of Cats, which is possibly the longest-running show in Broadway history. So yeah, he’s kind of a big deal.
Performances will begin at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London on August 27: will you be standing in line for tickets?