Published on June 17th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Swapping 10 for 8
Tenth Doctor David Tennant’s celebrated starring role in the RSC’s production of Hamlet in 2008 saw the Doctor Who actor playing opposite Penny Downie as Gertrude – who is now playing opposite Eighth Doctor Paul McGann!
Downie is playing the title role in Frank McGuinness’ new production of Euripides’ Helen, which begins performances at Shakespeare’s Globe from August 2nd – and joining her Paul McGann plays Menelaus in the play that rewrites the established legend of Helen of Troy.
Seven years have passed since the end of the Trojan War and Menelaus, King of Sparta and husband to Helen, is making his slow and painful way home. When his ship is wrecked on the coast of Egypt he stumbles upon what seems to be his wife lingering outside the royal palace. But if this is the real Helen, who was the beautiful woman stolen by Paris, for whom all Greece took up arms? Did Troy fall for nothing? Has it all been some godâ€™s idea of a joke?
This is of course a great chance to catch Doctor Who and Withnail and I star Paul McGann on one of the world’s greatest stages, and with an official opening of August 5th running to August 23rd, you’ll need to act quickly…