Redgrave, Jones will reunite at London’s Old Vic
Pair to perform in ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’
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.