Charlotte Cornwell will return to the RSC after an absence of 32 years as Gertrude in the world premiere of David Farr's Hamlet.
The production, will also see Jonathan Slinger playing Hamlet, Greg Hicks as Claudius and Pippa Nixon as Ophelia.
The cast is part of an ensemble cross-cast in three Shakespeare plays for the Summer 2013 season – Hamlet, As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well.
Charlotte Cornwell last appeared in our London run at The Warehouse in 1980 in Much Ado About Nothing, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Bastard Angel. Her numerous TV and film credits include the 1970s classic Rock Follies and more recently Family Affair and The West Wing.
David Farr and Jonathan Slinger last worked together on the What Country Friends Is This? trilogy (2012), with Jonathan taking on the roles of Prospero in The Tempest and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He played Macbeth in Michael Boyd's production, and Lenny in David Farr's The Homecoming. As part of Michael Boyd's Histories ensemble, he played both title roles in Richard II and Richard III.
Director David Farr has previously directed Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Night of the Soul, King Lear, The Winter's Tale and Silence. His play The Heart of Robin Hood was our Christmas show in 2011.
Associate Artist Greg Hicks was last at the RSC in 2010 where he played Leontes in The Winter's Tale and the title roles in Julius Caesar and King Lear.
Pippa Nixon appeared played The Bastard in King John and Lady Anne in Richard III in 2012. Other RSC credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam.
The cast also includes: Karen Archer (Player Queen), Cliff Burnett (Player King), Kiza Deen (Courtier), Daniel Easton (Reynaldo), David Fielder (First Gravedigger/Voltemand), Dave Fishley (Barnardo), Michael Grady-Hall (Osric), Rosie Hilal (Second Gravedigger), Chris Jared (Fortinbras), Mark Holgate (Francisco), Natalie Klamar (Courtier/Student/Player), Luke Norris (Laertes), Oliver Ryan (Rosencrantz), Robin Soans (Polonius), John Stahl (Priest/Player), Samuel Taylor (Marcellus), Nicolas Tennant (Guildenstern) and Alex Waldmann (Horatio).
Hamlet will run from 14 March until 28 September in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.