Patrick Stewart and Oliver Ford-Davies are to join David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company's forthcoming production of Hamlet.
The company has announced full casting for Shakespeare's tragedy which plays in repertoire from 24 July - November 14 at Stratford-upon-Avon's Courtyard Theatre.
Stewart was most recently seen in the title role of Rupert Goold's production of Macbeth for which Stewart was nominated for a Tony.
But now he is to swap the role of the haunted for that of haunt as he plays the Ghost and Claudius in Gregory Doran's production of Hamlet along side Davies's Polonius, Penny Downie's Gertrude and Tennant's keenly anticipated return to the stage in the title role.
The cast also includes John Woodvine as the Player King and Mariah Gale who plays Ophelia.
Tennant's most famous title role is that of Dr. Who in the BBC's famous sci-fi series. His theatre credits include the Donmar production of Lobby Hero and for the RSC The General from America (1996) , Laughter in the Dark, Jack Absolute in The Rivals (2000), Romeo in Michael Boyd's production of Romeo and Juliet (2001) and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (2000).
Davies's recent stage roles include Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production of Much Ado about Nothing and he played the title role of King Lear, Menenius in Coriolanus, the Duke of York in Richard II and Count Shabielski in Ivanov all directed by Jonathan Kent for the Almeida Theatre.
Downie played Penelope in the RSC world premier of the Penelopiad while Gale last appeared for the RSC in Rupert Goold's production of The Tempest , Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra and Portia in Julius Caesar.