By BAZ BAMIGBOYE
Last updated at 08:32am on 11th January 2008
Fast-rising young actress Mariah Gale (pictured here with Patrick Stewart in "The Tempest") has won one of the most coveted roles of the season: playing Ophelia opposite the Hamlet of Dr Who star David Tennant.
Ms Gale is an award-winning performer who has garnered two important acting prizes since she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama five years ago.
I first saw her perform with Charlie Cox in a splendid production of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore at the Southwark Playhouse, and in a string of roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Greg Doran will direct this Hamlet for the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
It's in repertory from July 24.
Patrick Stewart and Penny Downie will also star with Tennant and Ms Gale.
With all the Dr Who fans Tennant has, this is going to be a huge hit for the RSC.
In a sense, Tennant's returning to his roots. He's an old RSC and National Theatre stalwart — and an astute classical actor.
He'll also be in the RSC's Love's Labour's Lost in the autumn.
The RSC continues to attract top names for its Shakespeare cycle.
Michelle Gomez, who was in TV's Green Wing and recently in the hit stage comedy Boeing-Boeing, is going to play the fiery, foul-mouthed Katherine in The Taming Of The Shrew, with Stephen Boxer as Petruccio and up-and-coming actress Amara Karan (seen in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited and the St Trinian's movie) as Bianca.
Ms Karan will also be in a production of The Merchant Of Venice.
Director Conall Morrison will bring his production to the RSC's Courtyard Theatre from April 24.
This was at the Daily Mail.
I've never heard of Mariah Gale since I'm from the US. She sure must be good to land this role. I wish I could see "Hamlet".:-(
Wow! To see David and Patrick Stewart would really be something!