Plus: Denzel Washington opens on Broadway, Fran Drescher returns to TV, and more

By Serena Kappes
Updated April 01, 2005 04:00 PM

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles make it official on Friday. PEOPLE looks at the royal nuptials, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

SUNDAY, APRIL 3: Denzel Washington is taking a break from the big screen to return to his first love: theater. The two-time Oscar winner – whose last New York stage appearance was in a 1990 production of Richard III in Central Park – will try Shakespeare again in Broadway’s Julius Caesar. The actor first made his debut on the Great White Way in 1988, in the comedic play Checkmates. Things will be a bit heavier this time around: Washington plays Brutus, who’s torn between loyalty to his country and loyalty to friend Julius Caesar (played by William Sadler) in a political play given a modern twist.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5: The man accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman‘s 16-month-old son Harry will return to court to face charges. After initially pleading not guilty to the allegations, Kelly A. Frank – a painter who had been working at the talk-show host’s Montana ranch – confessed his involvement in the plot to FBI officials, after Frank was told that he’d have to take a polygraph test, according to reports. He’s currently being held on $600,000 bail. Frank’s childhood friend, Robert Gondeiro, first told police that Frank was attempting to mastermind a plan to abduct the baby and Letterman’s nanny for $5 million in ransom money.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8: They’re finally making it official. Prince Charles and his longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles, whose relationship has reportedly spanned more than 20 years, will marry in a small civil ceremony at The Guildhall in Windsor, England. In attendance will be Charles’s sons, Princes William and Harry, and Charles’s siblings, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, among others. Though Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip won’t be in attendance – they want to keep the event low-key, say royal sources – they will attend a blessing service afterwards. The official witness duty will be shared by Parker Bowles’s son Tom and Prince William, who recently said of the impending nuptials that he’s “very happy, very pleased. It’ll be a good day.” The happy couple (Parker Bowles will be given the title Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall) will then honeymoon for 10 days at Charles’s Scottish retreat, Birkhall, on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate.

Fran Drescher (and her unforgettable voice) is heading back to prime-time TV. The former Nanny star will keep her real first name in her role on the new WB series Living with Fran. In it, Drescher plays a sexy divorced mother of a 15-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son who shacks up with a hunky younger man, played by newcomer Ryan McPartlin. It’s a bit of art imitating life: After the actress’s 1999 divorce from producer husband Peter Marc Jacobson, Drescher dated a man for several years who was well over a decade her junior. The show premieres at 8:30 p.m. ET.