At the invitation of Theatre Ulysess and its founder Rade Serbedzija the famous Almeida Theatre from London will perform Shakespeare's Richard III with Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes in leading roles on Brijuni islands in Istria from the 11th to the 13th of August.
''Rade has invited me for years to come to Brijuni, but I've postponed my visit every time due to my business obligations. Last summer I finally came but only as a visitor. This year I've come back with great joy and it seems that I will come again next summer'', said the famous actor Ralph Fiennes who became world popular after leading roles in Shindler's List (1993) and The English Patient (1996).
Ralph Fiennes to perform in Richard III
From the 11th to the 13th of August he will perform with world famous actress Vanessa Redgrave in the play Richard III directed by Rupert Goold, the artistic director of London's Almeida Theatre.
Even though he is wearing a special athletic tape on his right arm due to his hand injury, Ralph is preparing a spectacle in the Fort Minor. ''On Saturday, after our last performance, I'll play a tennis match with Rade'', announced the actor.
With his colleague Redgrave and the rest of the cast he visited Mali Brijuni. A part of the day he spent working because they had a rehearsal, but after that he couldn't wait to go to a hidden beach and dip into the Adriatic.
Ralph Fiennes and Vanesa Redgrave had a premiere of Richard III in London in June, whilst the performance on Brijuni is one of their first guest performances on their world tour.
Telegraph.co.uk on Almeida Theatre's Richard III with Fiennes and Redgrave wrote:
“In short, this may prove as up-close-and-personal an encounter with these two acting giants in major classical roles as you’re ever going to get. The Almeida is an intense, intimate space: when eyes narrow, when nostrils flare, you can see it. Goold lets the venue supply a lot of the atmospherics, isn’t showy-tricksy with the text. Where his Vegas-set Merchant of Venice flaunted its modish invention, there’s a surprising restraint to this three-hour affair, performed in a mixture of modern and medieval dress; is British theatre’s young Turk mellowing?”
Ralph Fiennes and Rade Serbedzija
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