Nativity and Dr Who star David Tenant back on the Midlands stage

By IH Monday 28 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 10:01

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David Tennant will return to the Stratford stage later this year as Richard II. (s)

DAVID Tennant will be back in the Midlands later this year to star at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The former Dr Who star - who recently appeared in the second Nativity film set in Coventry - will play Richard II in Greg Doran's production as part of the RSC's winter season.

It will be his first appearance at the new-look RST and marks his first return to Stratford since his acclaimed Hamlet in Doran's 2008 production.

Other highlights of the season include:

- The world premiere of Ella Hickson's Wendy & Peter Pan - the Christmas family production - directed by Jonathan Munby

- World premiere adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, by Mike Poulton, and directed by Jeremy Herrin, which play in repertoire in the Swan Theatre

- In Stitches – a celebration of RSC costume and the company’s rich tradition of theatre craftsmanship runs throughout the RST

- Erica Whyman outlines a new vision of radical mischief and new work ambitions for the RSC’s studio space, The Other Place

- Write Here Write Now with Matilda – national student writing challenge and online resources for UK schools launched by the RSC with Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly

The Winter Season is the first drawn up by Doran in his role as RSC artistic director, following a summer of shows programmed by his predecessor, Michael Boyd.

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