Ali Stroker, Daniel J. Watts

Ali Stroker, Daniel J. Watts join 'Richard III' at Shakespeare in the Park

The Public Theater has set the full cast for its summer production.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

All hail! The full cast of Richard III, the first Shakespeare in the Park production of 2022, has been set. The Public Theater's production will play the Delacorte Theater in Central Park from June 17 to July 17, kicking off the program's 60th anniversary season and marking the first Shakespeare in the Park show since 2019.

As previously announced, Danai Gurira will star as Richard III. She is joined by Oklahoma! Tony Award winner Ali Stroker as Anne and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Tony nominee Daniel J. Watts as Catesby Ratcliffe, as well as Wyatt Cirbus as Prince of Wales, Sanjit De Silva as Buckingham, Sam Duncan as Duke of York), Monique Holt as Duchess of York, Gregg Mozgala as King Edward IV/Richmond, Paul Niebanck as George, Michael Potts as Lord Stanley, Ariel Shafir as Lord Hastings, Heather Alicia Simms as Queen Elizabeth, and Sharon Washington as Queen Margaret.

Maleni Chaitoo, Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Skyler Gallun, Sarah Nina Hayon, Matthew Jeffers, Matt Monaco, Xavier Pacheco, Marcus Raye Pérez, Grace Porter, and N'yomi Stewart make up the Richard III ensemble.

The creative team has also been set. Richard III features scenic design by Myung Hee Cho, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Alex Jainchill, sound design and composition by Elisheba Ittoop, hair and wig design by Mia Neal, fight direction by Teniece Divya Johnson and Jeremy Sample, intimacy direction by Teniece Divya Johnson, and movement direction by Byron Easley.

Tony nominee Robert O'Hara directs Richard III, which follows the English king as he manipulates, kills, and ousts others to secure his title, but soon becomes widely disliked once he rises to power.

Following Richard III, the season will continue with Shaina Taub's musical adaptation of As You Like It. Casting and dates for that production have yet to be announced.

All Shakespeare in the Park tickets are free and are distributed through a variety of digital and in-person channels. Check back for information on Richard III tickets.

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