Trevor Nunn’s third production as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket will be Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring acclaimed stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes as Propsero.
Ralph was last seen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Brand, and his other theatre credits include Oedipus and Jung in The Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and a number of productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida.
His wide-ranging movie career includes The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, plus The English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show, The Reader, Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films. In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus, which opens at the end of the year.
TV includes Emmy and a Golden Globe nominations for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris.
Joining Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest will be Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook , Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.
The Tempest will run from 27 August to 29 October 2011 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
RALPH FIENNES: STAGE TIMELINE
1985: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ring Round The Moon at the Open Air Theatre
1986: Night and Day and See How They Run at Theatr Clwyd; Me Mam Sez, Don Quixote and Cloud Nine at the Oldham Coliseum; Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre
1987-1988: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine at the National Theatre
1988 – 1991: The Plantagenets, Much Ado about Nothing, King John, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Playing with Trains, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the RSC
1995: Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award
1997: Ivanov at the Almeida
2000: Coriolanus and Richard II at the Gainsborough Film Studios and in New York
2001: The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham’s Theatre
2003: Brand at the RSC; The Talking Cure at the National Theatre
2005: Julius Caesar at the Barbican
2006: Faith Healer at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Broadway
2007: First Love at the Sydney Festival
2008: Oedipus at the National Theatre; God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre