Derek Jacobi join's Kenneth Branagh's Romeo And Juliet

Derek Jacobi join's Kenneth Branagh's Romeo And Juliet

Posted On: May 1, 2015
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Derek Jacobi will join Lily James and Richard Madden in Romeo And Juliet, as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre.

    Jacobi will play Mercutio opposite his Cinderella co-stars James as Juliet and Madden as Romeo. Further casting is still to be announced.

    Kenneth Branagh said, “Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself. It's an honour to welcome this wonderful artist to our season of Plays at the Garrick.”

    Jacobi said: “It's always a privilege to return to Shakespeare. The role of Mercutio is an exciting and intriguing challenge to take on. I'm particularly happy to tackle it in the company of Richard Madden and Lily James, with whom I had such an exciting working relationship in Cinderella”.

    BAFTA, Emmy, Tony and two-time Olivier Award winner Sir Derek Jacobi is celebrated for his work across stage and screen. He's previously worked with Branagh in the films Cinderella, Hamlet, Henry V and Dead Again. Jacobi's films credits include Grace of Monaco, My Week With Marilyn, The King's Speech, A Bunch of Amateurs, The Golden Compass, Gosford Park, The Children’s Midsummer Night's Dream, Gladiator, Joan Of Arc: The Virgin Warrior, Aladdin, Three Sisters and Othello. His television credits include Vicious opposite Ian McKellen, Last Tango in Halifax, Titanic, Doctor Who, Cadfael, The Gathering Storm, The Jury, The Tenth Man, Frasier and I, Claudius.

    A founding member of the Royal National Theatre, Jacobi has appeared in its inaugural production of Hamlet opposite Peter O'Toole in 1963. Having last appeared on stage in Michael Grandage's 2010 production of King Lear, Jacobi's theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, Breaking The Code, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, The Suicide, The Tempest, Othello, Hamlet, Oedipus the King and Macbeth.

    Coming to London's Garrick Theatre from 12 May 2016, book your Romeo And Juliet tickets today!