RICHARD Wilson is among the actors due to be treading the famous boards at Stratford-upon-Avon this winter.
The actor is probably best known for his part in Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, a role in which he picked up two BAFTAs, amongst other awards.
He will be appearing as Malvolio in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night.
The new production of Shakespeare’s comedy will run for five weeks starting in mid-October.
Joining him at The Courtyard Theatre will be Nancy Carroll and Alexandra Gilbreath, both of whom have experience in other productions.
Twelfth Night will be directed by Gregory Doran, whose recent RSC productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, both of which were exceptionally well received by critics and public alike.
Doran said: “I am delighted to have finally persuaded Richard Wilson to play Malvolio, a part he was surely born to play. And it’s a real pleasure to welcome back Nancy Carroll to play Viola and Alexandra Gilbreath to play Olivia. Nancy and Alexandra appeared opposite each other as Rosalind and Celia in my production of As You Like It in 2000.
Twelfth Night is surely the most achingly sad of all Shakespeare’s comedies tinged with a melancholy sadness and almost Chekhovian in its sense of loss.”
Further casting details have yet to be announced, tickets go on sale May 19.