Like everyone else in New York, we're beyond excited to see the on-stage revival of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" directed by the legendary Mike Nichols and starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. However, lost in the frenzy is the fact that two-time Tony Award winner (and our vote for "World's Greatest Living Actor") Mark Rylance is also returning to Broadway this Fall.
The artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, Rylance stars as Olivia in Twelfth Night and as the title character in Richard III, displaying a range that runs from high comedy through bloody malevolence and tragedy. Both productions feature all-male ensembles undertaking male and female roles, adhering to the theatrical tradition of Shakespeare's era.
Writing in The New York Times, Ben Brantley called Rylance's work in the Globe double-bill "one of the most astonishing Shakespearean performances I've ever seen in my entire life." Directed by Tim Carroll, the productions shattered box office records in London's West End earlier this year. As an added bonus, beloved British actor, author and television personality Stephen Fry, will make his Broadway acting debut as the pompous steward Malvolio inTwelfth Night,
No offense to Mr. Bond and his wife but Mark Rylance on Broadway is not an event to be missed.