Kenneth Branagh’s new rep company today adds another theatrical knight to its roll call. Derek Jacobi has been signed up for Romeo & Juliet.
Jacobi will play Mercutio opposite Lily James as Juliet and Richard Madden as Romeo in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production at the Garrick Theatre which runs from May 2016.
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.”
Sir Derek added: “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.”
One of the country’s great actors Jacobi’s stage credits include Heartbreak House, King Lear, two productions of Twelfth Night (Olivier Award; Best Actor), The Tempest, Macbeth, Richard III and Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing (Olivier Award; Best Actor), Cyrano De Bergerac (London Critics Circle Theatre Award; Best Actor), Ivanov, Antony and Cleopatra and three productions of Hamlet (also directed).
Derek has performed in many productions with both Chichester Festival Theatre and NT Old Vic Theatre including Three Sisters, As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Othello, Love For Love, Black Comedy and Hadrian VII.
Romeo & Juliet runs from May 12, 2016 – August 13.