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First Look At James Earl Jones & Vanessa Redgrave In MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Stalwart stage and screen icons James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave have teamed up for an intriguingly-cast new production of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the UK and the very first shots of the acclaimed actors in action onstage in the current West End revival that opened last month are now available to view.

Of note, the unusual casting of elder actors such as Jones and Redgrave in the pivotal roles of Benedick and Beatrice, respectively, is a striking choice sure to inspire discussion and debate among Shakespeare fans, making this West End revival a must-see for Bard buffs.

The official plot description from the official site is as follows: "While young lovers Claudio and Hero threaten to have their imminent nuptials thwarted by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Vanessa Redgrave) and Benedick (James Earl Jones). Redgrave and Earl Jones take on these roles for the first time."

In addition to Jones and Redgrave, the cast of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING also includes Tim Barlow, Penelope Beaumont, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Katherine Carlton, Beth Cooke, Alan David, Michael Elwyn, Lloyd Everitt, James Garnon, Melody Grove, Trevor Laird, Leroy Osei-Bonsu, Mark Ross, Peter Wight and Danny Lee Wynter.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING opened September 19 at the Old Vic in London's West End and currently plays through November 30.

More information on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is available at the official site here.

View the new photos of James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING below.

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