Royal Shakespeare Company
Associate Artist Harriet Waiter rejoins the company to play Lady Macbeth in a major new
production of Macbeth, directed by Gregory Doran, to open in the Swan Theatre in November
1999 as part of the RSC's Winter Season for the Millennium. Harriet plays opposite fellow
RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher (in the title role), and the pair last worked together in
Bill Alexander's acclaimed production of Twelfth Night (RST 1987) playing Viola and
Harriet Waiter and Antony Sher join Sir Nigel Hawthorne in the RSC's acting company for
the Winter 1999/2000 Season. Nigel Hawthorne plays King Lear in a production directed by
acclaimed Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa which will open in Japan, before transferring
to the Barbican, London and on to Stratford.
Harriet adds Lady Macbeth to her repertoire of Shakespearean female protagonists.
During her time with the RSC she has played lmogen (Cymbeline), Helena (A Midsummer
Night's Dream, for which she won an Olivier Award) and Helena (All's Well That Ends Well).
She also played Ophelia opposite Jonathan Pryce's Hamlet for the Royal Court and Portia in
The Merchant of Venice at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Harriet has just finished appearing in Harold Pinter's highly praised production of
Simon Gray's The Late Middle Classes. Other recent theatre credits include lvanov
(Aimeida), Hedda Gabier (Chichester) and Sweet Panic (Hampstead). On television Harriet's
many credits include two series of the popular comedy Unfinished Business, The Price and
Harriet Vane in The Lord Peter Wimsey series. She recently appeared in Ang Lee's Oscar
winning film, Sense and Sensibility.
Harriet has just written her first book, Other People's Shoes, published by Penguin.
Award-winning actor Antony Sher is also an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare
Company, where many acclaimed performances have made him one of the most charismatic
theatre actors of his generation. His famed Shakespearean roles include Richard Ill,
Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus and most
recently his performance of Leontes in Gregory Doran's production of The Winter's Tale
earned him exceptional reviews.
Antony is also a successful writer and artist. He has published four novels, including
most recently The Feast, and two theatre journals.. The Year of the King and Woza
Shakespeare!, co written with Gregory Doran. He recently appeared in the two highly
successful British films, Mrs Brown and Shakespeare in Love.
RSC Associate Director Gregory Doran's outstanding production of Oroonoko has just
opened in the 1999 Stratford Summer Festival Season to rave reviews. Gregory will also
direct Alan Bates in Timon of Athens this season. Other recent productions for the RSC
include his highly praised The Winter's Tale (RST 1998), The Merchant of Venice (RST
1997), Cyrano de Bergerac (Swan 1997/tour/West End) and Henry Vill (Swan 1996). Gregory
will also direct the York Mystery Plays as part of the city's Millennium celebrations.
Macbeth in repertoire: Swan Theatre from 2 November 1999 - 6 January 2000
For further information please contact:
Sarah Hoyle, Assistant Press Officer (01789) 296655 ext 2228