Bond girl stars on candle-lit stage

Salisbury Journal: Gemma Arterton is launching The Globe's new indoor theatre Gemma Arterton is launching The Globe's new indoor theatre

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is returning to the Globe Theatre to launch its new indoor stage seven years after she made her debut there.

The actress, who appeared in Quantum Of Solace alongside Daniel Craig, plays the title role in The Duchess of Malfi at the central London theatre's new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Her co-star, Shameless actor Sean Gilder, said she would be "beautiful" in the part.

He said: "S he's going to be amazing, she's going to be stunning. She's a classically-trained actress and although she's mostly famous now for doing films, you can see the minute she starts she's got a great deal of love for the theatre and for live performance."

Gemma, who made her professional stage debut at the Globe in 2007 as Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost, plays the widowed duchess whose attempt to marry her new lover ends in tragedy.

The play, by Elizabethan dramatist John Webster, officially opens tomorrow and runs until February 16.

The new venue is named after the Globe's founder, A merican actor and director Sam Wanamaker, and holds an audience of 340.

Its design, including galleried seats and lighting by beeswax candles, has been inspired by traditional Jacobean indoor theatres.

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