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Actors Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe and Judi Dench will all star in productions for a new theater company founded by acclaimed director Michael Grandage.
Grandage, who was the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in London for the past decade, made the announcement on Friday, reports Reuters. The new Michael Grandage Company will also produce film and television productions, mostly in New York and London.
Grandage and his partner, executive producer James Bierman, said that they hope that they can create theater productions that will reach new audiences thanks to lower prices. “This unique West End season brings together writers, actors and other artists in a single venture over 15 months dedicated to presenting work of the highest quality at affordable prices,” the two said in a joint statement.
According to USA Today, Grandage has directed several acclaimed productions on Broadway, including Red, Frost/Nixon and Hamlet with Law. He earned a Tony Award for Red in 2010.
The company will start its first theater season with five plays. Oscar-winner Dench will star in Peter and Alice with Ben Whishaw, in which the two play the “original” versions of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Harry Potter and The Woman in Black actor Radcliffe will star in a dark comedy titled The Cripple of Inishmaan. Sherlock Holmes star Law will appear in the title role in Henry V.
In addition to Henry V, the company will also produce a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with comedian David Walliams. The last play will be Privates on Parade, which will star Simon Russell Beale as a cross-dressing captain in World War II.
The company will set aside 200 tickets for each show that will cost just 10 pounds ($15.50).