Yesterday has been the Press Day for ImperiumPart I and II at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon! A real tour-de-force for the team, but it was worth it, because the plays are getting 4 and 5* reviews!
Below, two production photos from Dictator with Oliver Johnstone as Octavian and reviews referring to him!
Gregory Doran’s 2016 production of King Lear will join the Royal Shakespeare Theatre repertoire for a limited season after an international tour.
RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran: “Following a short revival of my production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role, we conclude the Royal Shakespeare Theatre season with a change of tone. …”
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran
23 May – 9 June 2018
Antony Sher reprises his “unbearably moving” (Guardian) performance in the title role of this acclaimed production which was first seen in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and at the Barbican in 2016. It returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after an international tour.
Full casting is not confirmed yet. I wonder if Oliver Johnstone could be in the cast as Edgar again, unless Imperium gets a London transfer, so he’d be busy playing Rufus/Octavian. Let’s wait for news!
I was just wondering when I could get some news about this young and dedicated actor. This morning it happened! Terry Paddock of “My Theatre Mates“, always such a precious source, tweeted me about a new casting.
I’m glad to announce that Oliver Johnstone is in the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Imperium“, part of Robert Harris’ Roman trilogy, known as the “Cicero novels”.
He will play Rufus/Octavian. It’s a great role for Oliver, so he goes back to Rome for the RSC again, after Cymbeline!
His Oppenheimer’s colleague Michael Grady-Hall is in the cast, too.
The two plays will run in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the Swan Theatre:
On Chesil Beach – movie with Oliver Johnstone in the role of Ted, will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 (unknown date) and will be released in UK on 19 January 2018.
I couldn’t find production photos with Oliver, yet.