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T+L Reports: Three's Company

In England, a trio of Shakespeare productions brings some of the country's most venerable talent together with some of its newest. At the Gielgud Theatre in London, Dame Judi Dench assumes the role of the wise and maternal Countess of Rossillion in the rarely staged All's Well That Ends Well (44-207/494-5065; opens February 18), directed by Gregory Doran, longtime Royal Shakespeare Company member. His new production of Othello stars Sir Antony Sher as the sly Iago, with acclaimed South African actor Sello Maake Ka Ncube in the title role (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; 44-870/ 609-1110; opens February 11). And at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (44-207/304-4000), 32-year-old British composer Thomas Adès (he's been compared to Benjamin Britten) conducts his latest, an operatic version of The Tempest, with baritone Simon Keenlyside as Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, and tenor Ian Bostridge as his half-human slave, Caliban, who awakens him—and us—to life's more primal urges. (Opens February 10.)
—Bill Rosenfield

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