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Jessica Brown Findlay swaps Downton for Shakespeare classic

Published 08/09/2016

Jessica Brown Findlay will be at the Islington theatre next year.
Jessica Brown Findlay will be at the Islington theatre next year.

Former Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay has signed up to star alongside Andrew Scott in a new production of Hamlet.

The Jamaica Inn star, who shot to fame as Lady Sybil Crawley, will play Ophelia in the Almeida Theatre production.

Sherlock star Scott - who will play Hamlet - and actress Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude) have previously been announced for the play, directed by the Almeida's associate director Robert Icke.

Luke Thompson also joins the cast as Laertes , which opens in February next year at the London theatre.

Stevenson stars in another Almeida play, Mary Stuart, trading roles with Lia Williams as both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart.

Stage actor Rudi Dharmalingam also joins the cast of Friedrich Schiller's political tragedy, which is due to open in December this year.

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