Stewart To Join Tennant in 'Hamlet'

By Michelle
September 4, 2007 - 8:06 PM

Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard) will join the latest Doctor Who, David Tennant, in a production of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company next season.

The UK's Times Online is reporting that Tennant will take a break from the BBC's Doctor Who to play Hamlet opposite Stewart as Claudius, the title character's villainous uncle.

The production is scheduled to play at Stratford-Upon-Avon from July to November of 2008, with the possibility of a revival in London. Because Tennant will not be available to film Doctor Who during that time, he will appear in three extended holiday specials that will air in 2009.

While many science fiction fans are lamenting the absence of a full fifth series of Doctor Who for an entire year, What's On Stage reported happily that Stewart's Chichester Festival production of Macbeth will arrive at the West End this month, and that Michael Boyd will produce the new Hamlet.

In addition to playing the famous Dane, Tennant will play Berowne in Love's Labours Lost, a play whose fictional sequel was the subject of a Doctor Who episode this past season.

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