As previously reported, RADA alumni Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo will play the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra in the Olivier Theatre from September 2018, directed by Simon Godwin. It is the first time Okonedo has performed at the National since 1999, when she appeared in Trevor Nunn's Troilus and Cressida and John Caird’s production of Money with Simon Russell Beale. Fiennes most recently starred there in Shaw's Man and Superman in 2015, also directed by Simon Godwin.
Also in the Olivier Theatre, Indira Varma joins the cast of Ionesco's Exit The King alongside Rhys Ifans, in a new version adapted and directed by Patrick Marber. Varma also appeared alongside Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman, and has previously worked at the National in Katie Mitchell's Ivanov, Di Trevis's Rememberance of Things Past and Sam Mendes's Othello.
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