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LONDON The exact dates and auditorium have yet to be determined, but the casting coup is firm: sister and brother Vanessa and Corin Redgrave will play siblings onstage next year when they make a rare appearance together as Ranevskaya and Gayev in a Royal National Theater production of "The Cherry Orchard." NT chief Trevor Nunn will direct.

Vanessa is no stranger to Chekhov productions that incorporate the Redgrave clan. A 1985 staging of "The Seagull" introduced to the West End her eldest daughter, Natasha Richardson, while a 1990 "Three Sisters" cast Vanessa, sister Lynn and niece Jemma (Corin's daughter) in the title roles.

"The Cherry Orchard" has been produced twice previously at the NT on the South Bank, in 1978 and 1985. The new production will use a fresh version by David Lan, whose Royal Shakespeare Co.-Young Vic "Uncle Vanya" was one of the highlights of last year.

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