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Radcliffe and Law join Grandage's West End Company

Simon Russell Beale, Ben Wishaw, Judi Dench and Daniel Radcliffe
Image caption Radcliffe returns to the London stage following a successful stint on Broadway

Dame Judi Dench, Jude Law and Daniel Radcliffe will join director Michael Grandage for the first season of his new West End theatre company.

Based at the 950-seat Noel Coward Theatre, the 15-month season features five plays, including two Shakespeares and a new work from John Logan.

More than 200 tickets will be available for every performance at £10 each.

The season kicks off with Simon Russell Beale in the Peter Nichols' classic Privates On Parade, in December.

The award-winning comedy is set against the backdrop of the Malaysian campaign at the end of World War II.

It will be followed by Martin McDonagh's savage comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe in the title role.

Grandage stepped down as the artistic director at London's Donmar Warehouse in late 2011, after nine years.

His work for the Donmar included Frost/Nixon, King Lear, and Red - from award-winning playwright John Logan.

Logan's latest play, Peter and Alice, stars Dame Judi and Ben Whishaw as the real-life inspirations for Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, and follows a chance meeting between the pair.

Dame Judi previously worked wtih Grandage on Madame De Sade - but it will mark Wishaw's first collaboration with the director.

Image caption David Walliams will play Bottom opposite Sheridan Smith's Titania

No theatre season would be complete without Shakespeare, and Grandage has promised a "really, absolutely sexual production" of Midsummer Night's Dream, starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams - as Bottom.

The season will end - in February 2014 - with Jude Law playing Henry V. The pair came up with the idea following Law's critically acclaimed performance in Hamlet at the Donmar.

Grandage set up The Michael Grandage Company along with former Donmar Warehouse collaborator James Bierman.

In a bid to reach out to as wide an audience as possible, 200 tickets will be available for each performance at just £10 - setting a precedent for commercial theatre in the West End.

The cheap tickets will be available for seats throughout the auditorium and will be bookable in advance, with 24 held for purchasing on the day.

Other tickets for the season will be priced at £27.50 and £57.50.

Grandage and Bierman said they want to enable theatre-goers to have access to every production throughout the run.

"We aim to appeal to new theatre-goers and help build audiences for the future," they commented.

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