By Ian Hughes Wednesday 23 January 2013 Updated: 01/02 09:30
DAVID Tennant returns to the RSC stage in Stratford later this year.
The former Dr Who star will play Richard II in Greg Doran's production as part of the RSC's winter season. It will be his first appearance at the new-look RST and marks his first return to Stratford since his acclaimed Hamlet in Doran's 2008 production.
Other highlights of the season include:
* The world premiere of Ella Hickson's Wendy & Peter Pan - the Christmas family production - directed by Jonathan Munby
* World premiere adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, by Mike Poulton, and directed by Jeremy Herrin, which play in repertoire in the Swan Theatre
* In Stitches – a celebration of RSC costume and the company’s rich tradition of theatre craftsmanship runs throughout the RST
*Erica Whyman outlines a new vision of radical mischief and new work ambitions for the RSC’s studio space, The Other Place
* Write Here Write Now with Matilda – national student writing challenge and online resources for UK schools launched by the RSC with Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly
The Winter Season is the first drawn up by Doran in his role as RSC Artistic Director, following a summer of shows programmed by his predecessor, Michael Boyd.
Erica Whyman takes up her role as Deputy Artistic Director, following critical acclaim for her most recent productions at Soho Theatre and Northern Stage, and seven years as Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Northern Stage. She was recently awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.
The new role, created by Doran, has special responsibility for leading the revitalisation of The Other Place in Stratford as an experimental studio and home for new work, as well as playing an active part in forging new artistic collaborations and directing productions.
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