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Wilson poised to make RSC debut

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Wilson is best known as Victor Meldrew in TV sitcom One Foot in the Grave

Richard Wilson is to make his debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a production of Twelfth Night.

Wilson, best known as the grumpy Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, will take the role of sour steward Malvolio during a five week run of the play.

Director Greg Doran said: "I am delighted to have finally persuaded Richard Wilson to play Malvolio, a part he was surely born to play."

Wilson starts on 15 October at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Some of the best classical actors have taken on the role, including John Gielgud and Simon Russell Beale.

Sir Derek Jacobi's interpretation of the part, for the Donmar Warehouse earlier this year, won him both an Olivier and a Critics' Circle award.

Wilson, has been seen most recently in the BBC1's drama Merlin and ITV's Demons. He has a long history of work on the stage as both an actor and director.

In 2000 he won the Theatrical Management Association's best director award for a production of Mr Kolpert.

Wilson will be joined in the RSC production by Nancy Carroll as Viola and Alexandra Gilbreath as Olivia.

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