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Shakespeare Theatre Company to Present Phedre, with Helen Mirren, Dominic Cooper, and Margaret Tyzack

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Helen Mirren
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Helen Mirren
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. will present the sole North American engagement of the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Jean Racine's Phèdre, to be presented September 17-26. Nicholas Hytner will direct this adaptation by Ted Hughes.

The production, which plays London's Lyttleton Theater in June, stars Dame Helen Mirren in the title role, with Dominic Cooper as Hippolytus and Margaret Tyzack as Oenone.

The company's 2009-2010 season will also include Ben Johnson's The Alchemist, directed by Michael Kahn (October 6-22). Shakespeare's As You Like It is up next, November 17-December 20, as directed by Maria Aitken. Kahn will helm Shakespeare's Richard II, February 2-April 11, which plays in repertory with Henry V (February 4-April 10), directed by David Muse.

Kahn will also direct the world premiere of translator/adaptor David Ives' version of Pierre Corneille's The Liar, April 6-May 23. Keith Baxter will direct a production of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, June 8-July 11, starring Dixie Carter in the title role.

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