Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keep TV Stars off West End Stage Says Miller (Just as Dr Who Arrives); (1) "Celebrity Obsession": Sir Jonathan Miller's Productions Were Knocked Back (2) Who Is the Question: David Tennant Will Star as Hamlet at the Novello Theatre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keep TV Stars off West End Stage Says Miller (Just as Dr Who Arrives); (1) "Celebrity Obsession": Sir Jonathan Miller's Productions Were Knocked Back (2) Who Is the Question: David Tennant Will Star as Hamlet at the Novello Theatre

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Byline: LOUISE JURY

AS the Time Lord, he dispatched the Daleks with relative ease. But nowDavid Tennantwho is set to play Hamlet in the West Endfaces a more formidable opponent in the shape of Sir Jonathan Miller.

The eminent director dismissed the Scot as "that man from Doctor Who" as he hitout at the West End's "obsession with celebrity".

His attack came after the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that Tennant'smuch-anticipated appearance as the Dane will come to London after a sell-outrun in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer.

The Gregory Doran-directed version of Shakespeare's play will also featureformer Star Trek and X-Men star, Patrick Stewart.

But Sir Jonathan, 73, has criticised producers for turning down celebratedproductions with unknown actors because they lack a star from television orfilm.

He complained that two of his highly acclaimed productions, Hamlet in Bristoland The Cherry Orchard in Sheffield, had recently received the brush-off byLondon producers because his cast included no famous name Tennant is not theonly star to return to the stage for a Shakespeare role. Jude Law is set toplay Hamlet at the Donmar West End next spring.Tennanta firm favourite with viewers as the latest Time Lordwill take to the West End stage in the Royal Shakespeare Company production inDecember, with his run continuing until January next year.

It is not the first time the television star has trod the boards in aShakespeare play.

Before becoming a household name, he frequently starred in Royal ShakespeareCompany productions taking roles such as Touchstone in As You Like It andAntipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors.

His Hamlet is set to transfer to the Novello Theatre after the Stratford runends in November.

Tennant, 37, has previously described the role as one of the most exciting ofhis career.

Also transferring from Stratford to London will be A Midsummer Night's Dream,also directed by Doran, and The Taming of the Shrew which will run until Marchnext year.

Alongside the traditional plays, two new RSC works from award-winningplaywrights are set for their world premieres in London in November. …

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