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Last Update: 05 April 2002

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05 April 2002

Bean Returns to Stage After 12 Years in Macbeth

As previously tipped in The Goss, British film actor Sean Bean will indeed be starring in Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth this autumn. The new production, directed by Edward Hall, will play first in Milton Keynes (16 to 26 October) and Richmond (28 October to 2 November) before transferring to the West End for a limited season. A date and venue for its London opening has yet to be confirmed.

Bean is best known internationally for his many big screen credits, including Patriot Games, Golden Eye, Ronin and now, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the UK, he's also a familiar television face from the likes of Bravo Two Zero, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Extremely Dangerous and the many Sharpe series.

But it was on stage that Bean made his professional debut, playing Tybalt in a Glasgow Citizens' production of Romeo and Juliet, after graduating from RADA. His other theatre credits have included Fair Maid of the West, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Last Days of Mankind, Deathwatch and Killing the Cat. This new production of Macbeth will mark the actor’s first stage appearance in 12 years.

"The Scottish Play" will also mark the third major West End production this year for director Edward Hall, son of Peter. Hall the Younger’s revival of Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife opens at the Apollo next week, and his Rose Rage, a two-part adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy, comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in June.

Although he has recently walked out of his scheduled production of Edward III, Edward Hall also has a long list of classical credits with the RSC - including Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry VI, Julius Caesar and the epic Greek tragedy, Tantalus, which he co-directed with his father - as well as with his own all-male Propeller Company which has mounted numerous UK tours.

- by Terri Paddock

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