Sunday 18 February 2018

Joely Richardson swaps 'Tudors' for one-woman show

Joely Richardson
Joely Richardson

By Mark Kennedy

Joely Richardson is coming back to a New York stage in something she never thought she'd do - a one-woman show.

The English actress, known for the TV shows The Tudors and Nip/Tuck, will play poet Emily Dickinson in William Luce's play The Belle of Amherst.

"Never say never," Richardson said. "I always swore to myself that I would never do a one-woman show. I thought, 'That's for crazy people.' And then I read it."

The play, directed by Steve Cosson, will begin performances on October 7 at the off-Broadway Westside Theatre.

Richardson was filming Papa in Cuba - she plays Ernest Hemingway's fourth wife, Mary - when she read the script early one morning and immediately emailed her agent to sign up.

"It was instant. I just completely responded to the material," she said.

"It's full of humour and it was this off-mix of the sacred and profane that I just thought was brilliant."

Richardson has appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians, Event Horizon, The Patriot and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She started out on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, then moved into films.

She is part of an illustrious family of actors that includes grandparent Michael Redgrave, parents Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson, uncle and aunt Corin and Lynn Redgrave, and older sister Natasha Richardson - the late wife of Liam Neeson - who died after a skiing accident in 2009.


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