Hamlet recoups its $2.5 million costs

Hamlet recoups its $2.5 million costs The Donmar Warehouse production of Hamlet, starring Jude Law and directed by Michael Grandage, has fully recouped its $2.5 million capitalization costs as of the week ending 1 Nov 2009, officially entering the hit column. The production, which began performances on 12 Sep 2009, opened on 6 Oct and is playing a limited engagement through to 6 Dec at the Broadhurst Theatre. "I'm delighted that Hamlet has proved to be such a success in New York," commented Michael Grandage, Artistic Director, Donmar Warehouse. "It is always a privilege to be part of any Broadway season and it has been particularly exciting to see so many people engaging with our first Shakespeare abroad. 'After Frost/Nixon,' 'Mary Stuart' and now Hamlet, I hope the Donmar can continue to build a strong relationship with New York over the coming years." "My partners and I are very proud of Michael Grandage's production and this wonderful company, led by the gracious, talented Jude Law. It's heartening to see that Shakespeare can be a commercial success on Broadway, as well as seeing so many young audience members at the Broadhurst experiencing their first Shakespeare production," said producer Arielle Tepper Madover. "This is the third Donmar show I've produced in New York after 'Frost/Nixon' and 'Mary Stuart' and I look forward to our future collaborations." In Shakespeare's definitive tragedy, the King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet (Jude Law) determines to avenge his father's death with devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom. The cast features Ross Armstrong (Cornelius), Harry Attwell (Guildenstern), Ron Cook (Polonius, 1st Gravedigger), Ian Drysdale (Osric), Peter Eyre (Ghost of Hamlet's Father, Player King), Jenny Funnell (Player Queen), Michael Hadley (Barnardo, Priest, Captain), Colin Haigh (Member of the Court), Sean Jackson (Reynaldo), Geraldine James (Gertrude), Jude Law (Hamlet), Gwilym Lee (Laertes), James Le Feuvre (Member of the Court), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ophelia), John MacMillan (Rosencrantz), Kevin R. McNally (Claudius), Henry Pettigrew (Marcellus, 3rd Player, 2nd Gravedigger), Matt Ryan (Horatio), Alan Turkington (Francisco, Fortinbras, 4th Player) and Faye Winter (Member of the Court). Award-winning actor Jude Law returns to Broadway for the first time since 1995 when he made his Tony Award-nominated debut in Jean Cocteau's 'Indiscretions' (Les Parents Terribles). Other theatre credits include 'Les Parents Terribles' (National Theatre), 'Dr. Faustus,' 'Tis Pity She's a Whore' (Young Vic) and 'Death of a Salesman' (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Upcoming films include 'Dr. Watson' in Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes, 'being released on 25 Dec 2009. The company of Hamlet is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance to this production. The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.

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