"Don Carlos" at the Gielgud from 28 Jan 2005

"Don Carlos" at the Gielgud from 28 Jan 2005

Michael Grandage's Sheffield Theatres' production of Friedrich Schiller Don Carlos, in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton, will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, opening 3 Feb 2005, following previews from 28 Jan 2005 for a limited 12 week run until 30 April 2005.

The play, which opened at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in September this year, is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Paule Constable and music and sound by Adam Cork.

The West End cast is: Derek Jacobi (King Philip II of Spain), Richard Coyle (Don Carlos), Stuart Burt (A Page to the Queen), Elliot Cowan (Marquis of Posa), Peter Eyre (The Cardinal Grand Inquisitor), Michael Hadley (Domingo), Ian Hogg (Duke of Alba), Paul Keating (Prince of Parma), Andrew McDonald (Count Cordua), Brian Poyser (Duke of Medina Sidonia), Claire Price (Queen Elizabeth), Charlotte Randle (Princess Eboli), Una Stubbs (Duchess of Olivarez) and Roger Swaine (Count Lerma).

Don Carlos is passionately in love with Elizabeth, the French Princess to whom he was once betrothed. Carlos' tyrannical father, King Philip II of Spain, decides to marry Elizabeth himself. The young prince's hatred for his cold and distant parent knows no bounds. He enlists his oldest friend the Marquis of Posa to act as go-between. But Posa decides to convert Carlos and Elizabeth's youthful passion into a full scale rebellion against King Philip's oppressive and bloody regime.

Derek Jacobi's extensive theatre work includes The Tempest for the Sheffield Crucible and the Old Vic, Uncle Vanya and Love for Love for Chichester Festival Theatre, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company his work includes The Hollow Crown, Prospero in The Tempest, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, the title roles in Peer Gynt and Macbeth. His film work includes Gladiator, Gosford Park, A Revenger's Tragedy, The Odessa File, The Day of the Jackal and Little Dorrit. On television he has most recently appeared in The Long Firm, Peter Ackroyd's London and Frasier as well as the award-winning I Claudius and Cadfael. Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994.

Richard Coyle's theatre work includes After Miss Julie and Proof at Donmar Warehouse, The York Realist at the Royal Court Theatre and A View From The Bridge at the Leicester Haymarket. His television work includes Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, Strange, Coupling, Lorna Doone, Dalziel and Pascoe, Wives and Daughters, Hearts and Bones, The Life and Crimes of William Palmer and Macbeth. His film work includes The Libertine, Happy Now, Young Blades, Topsy-Turvey, Human Traffic, What Rats Won't Do and Jane Eyre.

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