James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave to star in Old Vic Much Ado

Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy at Wyndham's Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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London's Old Vic Theatre has announced its 2013 season, including a revival of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones and directed by Mark Rylance.

The season will start in March 2013 with Lindsay Posner directing Terrence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy. Casting has yet to be announced. It will run from March 8, 2013.

This will be followed by Kim Cattrall starring in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Marianne Elliott and running from June 1. The show is a co-production with Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer.

The season will then close with Much Ado About Nothing, which runs from September 7 and is produced in association with Nicolas Kent. Redgrave and Jones, who recently appeared together in Driving Miss Daisy in the West End, will play Beatrice and Benedick in the production, marking the first time either has appeared in these roles.

Kevin Spacey, artistic director of The Old Vic commented: “The Old Vic has always been first and foremost an actors’ theatre, a home for great talent and memorable performances. We're so proud of where we have gotten to in nine seasons, and for me this new season of work shows just how far The Old Vic has come.

"What an exciting prospect to see the wonderful Mark Rylance direct supreme actors Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Much Ado about Nothing. We are honoured that Mark is bringing his unique talent to The Old Vic. I am delighted to welcome Lindsay Posner back to our theatre with The Winslow Boy and I know that audiences will be thrilled at the prospect of Kim Cattrall taking on Sweet Bird of Youth directed by Marianne Elliott, whom we are so excited to welcome for the first time.

"I couldn't be more proud that these greats of the theatre have chosen The Old Vic as their home in 2013 and delighted to bring more great productions to our audiences. My thanks as always goes to Bank of America Merrill Lynch for their long-standing commitment as season sponsor”.