RSC to stage Hilary Mantel adaptations

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FILE - In Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 file photo, British actor David Tennant arrives for the UK premiere of Fright Night at a central London venue.  "Doctor Who" star David Tennant is returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company this year to play a troubled king in "Richard II." Tennant, who played the time-travelling hero of the beloved, long-running BBC sci-fi series for four years, starred in an acclaimed RSC production of "Hamlet" in 2008. Artistic director Gregory Doran Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 announced details of other productions for late 2013, including adaptations of Hilary Mantel's historical novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies," which focus on King Henry VIII's enigmatic powerbroker, Thomas Cromwell. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
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FILE - In Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 file photo, British actor David Tennant arrives for the UK premiere of Fright Night at a central London venue. "Doctor Who" star David Tennant is returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company this year to play a troubled king in "Richard II." Tennant, who played the time-travelling hero of the beloved, long-running BBC sci-fi series for four years, starred in an acclaimed RSC production of "Hamlet" in 2008. Artistic director Gregory Doran Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 announced details of other productions for late 2013, including adaptations of Hilary Mantel's historical novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies," which focus on King Henry VIII's enigmatic powerbroker, Thomas Cromwell. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)

LONDON (AP) — "Doctor Who" star David Tennant is returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company this year to play a troubled king in "Richard II."

Tennant, who played the time-traveling hero in four seasons of the beloved, long-running BBC sci-fi series, starred in an acclaimed RSC production of "Hamlet" in 2008.

Artistic director Gregory Doran — who will direct "Richard II" — announced details Wednesday of the company's productions for late 2013. They include adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning historical novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies," which focus on King Henry VIII's enigmatic powerbroker, Thomas Cromwell.

"Richard II" opens in October at the company's base in Stratford-upon-Avon, central England, before a London run. The Mantel plays open in Stratford in December.

The season also includes "Wendy and Peter Pan," a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's children's classic by playwright Ella Hickson.

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