In a press release sent out this afternoon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music released the details of its spring 2010 season, with a focus on imaginative new versions of classics with starry casts—kinda like Broadway, except, you know, actually exciting. First up will be a new adaptation of Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman
from Dublin's Abbey Theatre
Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw from January 7 to February 6; shortly thereafter a new adaptation of Gogol's Diary of a Madman
by Syndey's Belvoir Street Theatre
starring Geoffrey Rush (pictured) from February 11 through March 12; and a co-production of King Lear
by BAM and London's Donmar Warehouse
starring Derek Jacobi from April 28 through June 5. Some impressive (though comparatively celebrity-less) shows round out the promising program.
London's Cheek By Jowl, which last rocked BAM with Cymbeline in 2007, will return for a quick eleven-day run of their new Macbeth from April 5 to 16; the all-male British Shakespeare company Propeller, who last did Merchant of Venice at BAM in 2009, will return with their Comedy of Errors March 16-27; and Canadian director Robert Lepage (currently of the Met's Ring Cycle and of last season's similarly epic Lipsynch) brings his Canadian Opera Company production of Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (March 1-6), complete with a small lake where the orchestra pit ought to be and "pan-Asian water puppets" (what?). Also noteworthy: DanceAfrica 2011's concerted Cuban theme from May 27-30. All of which is to say: start saving up for those BAM tickets!