Red­grave, Jones will re­unite at Lon­don’s Old Vic

Pair to per­form in ‘Much Ado About Noth­ing.’

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Vanessa Red­grave and James Earl Jones are re­unit­ing on­stage to play spar­ring lovers Beatrice and Benedick in Shake­speare’s “Much Ado About Noth­ing,” Lon­don’s Old Vic The­atre an­nounced Mon­day.

The ac­tors, who starred to­gether in “Driv­ing Miss Daisy” in the West End and on Broad­way, will be di­rected by Mark Ry­lance in a pro­duc­tion of the com­edy slated to open in Septem­ber.

Old Vic artis­tic di­rec­tor Kevin Spacey — the Os­car­win­ning ac­tor — said the cast­ing of “two of the great­est leg­ends ever to grace the stage” would show Shake­speare’s com­edy in a new light.

“It is no longer about two peo­ple who are start­ing their lives out say­ing, ‘I’m not go­ing to have any­thing to do with this love busi­ness,’” he said. “It’s two peo­ple who have lived their lives this way.”

“Much Ado” is part of a 2013 sea­son that in­cludes a pro­duc­tion of Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” star­ring “Sex and the City” ac­tress Kim Cat­trall as a fad­ing Hol­ly­wood star.

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