Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
"Twelfth Night." Photo: Simon Annand
Richard III/Twelfth Night
Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem, Boeing Boeing) is coming back to Broadway—and this time the British sensation will put his acting chops to the test, playing both a man and a woman in two Shakespeare classics. In the tragedy Richard III, he'll be Richard, Duke of Gloucester, while in the comedy Twelfth Night, he'll slip into the role of the noblewoman Olivia. The productions—which were a massive hit on London's West End—will run in repertory and feature all-male casts as they did in Shakespeare's day. Although the music and lighting are authentic to the period—musicians play Elizabethan-era instruments and hundreds of candles light up the stage—ticket prices, alas, remain contemporary. But the one-of-a-kind performance is worth it.
Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St. Previews start October 15; opens November 10.