Thursday, January 8, 2009

hamlet, more hamlet, yes?

Tennant returns
to star in the RSC’s Hamlet
by Lalayn Baluch
Actor David Tennant has returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet following back surgery.
David Tennant (Hamlet) in Hamlet by The Royal Shakespeare Company at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford upon Avon Photo: Tristram Kenton
The Doctor Who star was forced to pull out of the show in December just as it transferred to the West End’s Novello Theatre, due to a recurring back injury. Thousands of fans were left fearing that he would sit out the entire run.
His understudy Edward Bennett, who plays Laertes, stepped into the title role during previews of the production, and went on to receive rave reviews.
Tennant returned to the stage on Saturday - the final week of the run, which is due to finish on January 10 - and according to a statement by the RSC will also appear tonight.
An RSC spokesperson said: “David Tennant has made good progress following his recent back operation and began rehearsals on Friday in preparation for his return to the title role of Hamlet.
“He rehearsed again on Saturday and performed that evening. We will be assessing David’s return to each Hamlet performance on a day by day basis.”
Theatregoers are being told to check the RSC website from noon each day for an update for that evening’s performance.

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