Hamlet, starring Jude Law, announces complete cast
Producer Arielle Tepper Madover and the Donmar Warehouse have announced the complete Broadway cast for William Shakespeareï¿½s Hamlet, with Jude Law in the title role, directed by Michael Grandage. The production arrives on Broadway following sold out runs in Londonï¿½s West End and a special engagement at Elsinore Castle in Denmark.
The production opens at the Broadhurst Theatre on 6 Oct 2009, following previews from 12 Sep, for a strictly limited run of twelve weeks, through to 6 Dec 2009.
Law will be joined by the Donmar Theatre company of actors from London and Elsinore: Ross Armstrong (Cornelius), Harry Attwell (Guildenstern), Ron Cook (Polonius, 1st Gravedigger), Ian Drysdale (Osric), Peter Eyre (Ghost of Hamletï¿½s Father, Player King), Jenny Funnell (Player Queen), Michael Hadley (Barnardo, Priest, Captain), Colin Haigh (Member of the Court), Sean Jackson (Reynaldo), Geraldine James (Gertrude), 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).
Previous Donmar Warehouse shows in New York include the Tony Award-winning productions of 'Cabaret,' 'Take Me Out,' 'The Real Thing,' 'Frost/Nixon' and 'Mary Stuart,' currently playing at the Broadhurst Theatre.
London critics embraced Lawï¿½s performance and Grandageï¿½s production. ï¿½Lawï¿½s performance is detailed and powerful and vividly personalï¿½ (Evening Standard); ï¿½Jude Law is excellentï¿½ (Daily Mail); ï¿½A swift, clear well-staged version of Shakespeareï¿½s most exciting playï¿½ (Guardian); ï¿½Jude Lawï¿½s Hamlet is vivid, lucid and impassioned. A feverish energy seems to surge from his fingertips,ï¿½ (Independent on Sunday); ï¿½Lawï¿½s Hamlet is deeply moving, lucidly spoken,ï¿½ (Telegraph).
The company of Hamlet is appearing with the permission of Actorsï¿½ Equity Association.
Hamlet is currently playing at Wyndhamï¿½s Theatre in Londonï¿½s West End, where it completes its sold out run on 22 Aug 2009. It then travels to Kronberg Castle, Elsinore, for a sold out run from 25 - 30 Aug 2009, prior to Broadway.
In Shakespeareï¿½s definitive tragedy, the King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet (Jude Law) determines to avenge his fatherï¿½s death with devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.
The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.
Michael Grandage, artistic director of the Donmar, said today, ï¿½Following our recent productions of 'Frost/Nixon' and 'Mary Stuart,' I am delighted we have been invited to bring another of our productions to Broadway. We feel very privileged to be part of such a vibrant theatre community and it is exciting to think that so many people will get to engage with our work and to witness Jude Lawï¿½s extraordinary performance.ï¿½
Ross Armstrong (Cornelius) Trained: RADA. Theatre: includes Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester Festival), The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), Hapgood (Birmingham Rep), Henry V (Manchester Royal Exchange). Film: includes Invisible Eyes.
Harry Attwell (Guildenstern) For the Donmar: Twelfth Night. Theatre: includes Hamlet (Orange Tree), Three Sisters (Lion and Unicorn), Much Ado About Nothing (Young Shakespeare Company), Henry IV pt 1&2 (Forty Hall), Pippin- The Musical (Union).
Ron Cook (Polonius, 1st Gravedigger) For the Donmar: Twelfth Night, Helpless, Juno and the Paycock, Glengarry Glen Ross. Theatre: includes The Seafarer, Howard Katz, Machine Wreckers, Black Snow (NT), On the Ceiling (Garrick), Singer (Tricycle), Insignificance (Chichester Festival), Vassa (Almeida), Art (Wyndham's). Film includes: Hot Fuzz, Confetti, On a Clear Day, The Merchant of Venice, Thunderbirds, 24 Hour Party People. Television includes: ï¿½Red Riding,ï¿½ ï¿½Little Dorrit,ï¿½ ï¿½The Diary of Anne Frank,ï¿½ ï¿½Doctor Who,ï¿½ ï¿½Silent Witness,ï¿½ ï¿½10 Days to War,ï¿½ ï¿½Burn Upï¿½.
Ian Drysdale (Osric) For the Donmar: Twelfth Night, Ivanov. Theatre includes: On the Waterfront (Nottingham Playhouse), Rough Crossings (Headlong), Pilate, Sejanus; His Fall, Believe What You Will, Thomas More, Hamlet, Macbeth, Brand, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony & Cleopatra (RSC). Film includes: Time's Up, Size Matters. Television includes: ï¿½The Verdict,ï¿½ ï¿½Pulling,ï¿½ ï¿½Time Gentleman Pleaseï¿½.
Peter Eyre (Ghost of Hamlet's Father, Player King) For the Donmar: Murder in the Cathedral (part of the TS Eliot Festival), The Wild Duck. Theatre includes: Waste, Camera Obscura (Almeida), Ring Round the Moon (Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible), Terre Haute (New York/Trafalgar Studios /Edinburgh), Richard II (Old Vic), Don Carlos (Sheffield Crucible/Gielgud). Film includes: Shadows in the Sun, The Situation, The Affair of the Necklace, From Hell, The Golden Bowl, Surviving Picasso, Remains of the Day, Orlando and Let Him Have It. Television includes: ï¿½Midsomer Murders,ï¿½ ï¿½Question of God,ï¿½ ï¿½Cambridge Spies,ï¿½ ï¿½Bertie & Elizabeth,ï¿½ ï¿½Alice in Wonderlandï¿½.
Jenny Funnell (Player Queen) Theatre includes: The White Devil (Pavilion Brighton), Tom Dick and Harry (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Mother Goose (Theatre Royal, Brighton). Television includes: ï¿½The Bill,ï¿½ ï¿½As Time Goes By,ï¿½ ï¿½Love Soup,ï¿½ ï¿½Doctors,ï¿½ ï¿½Monster Television,ï¿½ ï¿½Casualty,ï¿½ ï¿½Taking Issue,ï¿½ ï¿½Drop the Dead Donkeyï¿½.
Michael Hadley (Barnardo, Priest, Captain) For the Donmar: Piaf, Othello, The Vortex, Little Foxes. Theatre: includes Coriolanus, Canterbury Tales, Richard III, As You Like It (RSC), The Seagull (Mercury), As You Like It, Don Carlos, (Sheffield /West End), Loveï¿½s Work, Intimate Death, Une Tempï¿½te (Gate), The Jew of Malta (Almeida), Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Measure for Measure, Mrs Warrenï¿½s Profession, A Midsummer Nightï¿½s Dream, Saint Joan (Birmingham Rep). Film: includes The Boat That Rocked, Unrelated, Three Blind Mice, The Best Pair of Legs in the Business, All Coppers Are. Colin Haigh (Member of the Court) For the Donmar: A Voyage Round My Father (Wyndhamï¿½s). Theatre: includes Burnt by the Sun, Afterlife, The Hothouse, Playing with Fire, Battle Royal (NT), Girl with a Pearl Earring (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Pinter Double Bill (Comedy), Equus, The Graduate (Gielgud), The Philadelphia Story, The Tempest (Old Vic), The History Boys (NT/International tour/New York). Film: includes The History Boys, Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown. Television: includes ï¿½Ashes to Ashes,ï¿½ ï¿½Tales from the Tower,ï¿½ ï¿½The Brokerï¿½s Man,ï¿½ ï¿½The Billï¿½.
Sean Jackson (Reynaldo) For the Donmar: The Wild Duck. Theatre: includes Waves (NT/tour/New York), Henry V (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Jewish Wife (Young Vic), The Seagull, A Dream Play, The Mandate, Iphigenia at Aulis, The Talking Cure, Ivanov, Love on the Dole, Sgt. Musgraveï¿½s Dance, Juno & The Paycock (NT). Television: includes ï¿½Waking the Dead,ï¿½ ï¿½Dispatches,ï¿½ ï¿½Your Own Back Yard,ï¿½ ï¿½Soldier Soldier,ï¿½ ï¿½No Bananas,ï¿½ ï¿½Bishopï¿½s Gateï¿½.
Geraldine James (Gertrude) Theatre: includes Victory (Arcola), The U.N. Inspector, Cymbeline (NT), Home, The Cherry Orchard (Oxford Stage Co), Hedda Gabler (Manchester Royal Exchange), Lysistrata (Old Vic/Wyndhamï¿½s), Death and the Maiden (Duke of Yorkï¿½s), Merchant of Venice (Phoenix/New York), The Faith Healer (Almeida). Film: includes Dagenham Girls, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, The Fever, Calendar Girls, Gandhi.
Jude Law (Hamlet) Theatre work includes Dr Faustus and ï¿½Tis Pity Sheï¿½s a Whore (Young Vic), Les Parents Terribles (National Theatre and Broadway) and Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His film work includes Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, The Repossession Mambo, Sleuth, My Blueberry Nights, The Holiday, Closer, Alfie, The Aviator, Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition, The Talented Mr Ripley and Wilde.
Gwilym Lee (Laertes) Theatre: includes Oedipus (NT), Richard III (RSC), About Tommy (Southwark Playhouse). Television: includes ï¿½Ashes to Ashes,ï¿½ ï¿½Waterloo Road,ï¿½ ï¿½Lewis,ï¿½ ï¿½Mutual Friends,ï¿½ ï¿½Animal Arkï¿½.
James Le Feuvre (Member of the Court) Theatre: includes Deadly Games (Viennaï¿½s English Theatre), Our Countryï¿½s Good (New York), The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), The Bet (Criterion). Film: includes Anaphylaxis, God Hates Fags, Cognitive, Donï¿½t Go There.
John MacMillan (Rosencrantz) Theatre includes: In the Red and Brown Water, The Member of the Wedding (Young Vic), Piranha Heights (Soho), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida), Cymbeline (Cheek by Jowl).
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ophelia) Theatre: includes Gethsemane (NT), Big White Fog (Almeida), Romeo & Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra (Manchester Royal Exchange), Car Thieves (Birmingham Rep), As You Like It (Exeter Northcott). Film: includes Straightheads, Act of God. Television: includes ï¿½Fallout,ï¿½ ï¿½Bonekickers,ï¿½ ï¿½Lost in Austen,ï¿½ ï¿½Trial & Retribution,ï¿½ ï¿½Miss Marple,ï¿½ ï¿½Doctor Who,ï¿½ ï¿½Dead Clever,ï¿½ ï¿½Spooks,ï¿½ ï¿½Vital Signsï¿½.
Kevin R. McNally (Claudius) For the Donmar: Ivanov, World Music. Theatre includes: Boeing Boeing (Comedy), The Lady in the Van (Queen's), Naked (Almeida/Playhouse). Film includes: Valkyrie, Scoop, Pirates of the Caribbean I, II & III, Johnny English, Entrapment, Sliding Doors, Enigma, Cry Freedom. Television includes: ï¿½Law & Order,ï¿½ ï¿½The Last Van Helsing,ï¿½ ï¿½The Murder of Princess Diana,ï¿½ ï¿½Life on Mars,ï¿½ ï¿½Bloodlines,ï¿½ ï¿½Dunkirk,ï¿½ ï¿½Bedtime,ï¿½ ï¿½Spooksï¿½.
Henry Pettigrew (Marcellus, 2nd Gravedigger, 3rd Player) Theatre: includes Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland/New York/LA), The Bevellers (Citizens, Glasgow), Troilus & Cressida (Edinburgh Festival/RSC). Film: Next of Kin. Television: includes ï¿½The Belsen Redemptionï¿½.
Matt Ryan (Horatio) For the Donmar: Small Change. Theatre: Lovely and Misfit (Trafalgar Studios), Sejanus: His Fall, A New Way to Please You, Believe What You Will, Speaking Like Magpies, Tamar's Revenge, Pedro the Great Pretender, Dog in the Manger (RSC). Film: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Red Light Runners, Layer Cake, Pocket Money, Wild Decembers, With These Hands. Television: ï¿½Collision,ï¿½ ï¿½Torchwood,ï¿½ ï¿½Consenting Adults,ï¿½ ï¿½The Tudors,ï¿½ ï¿½Mine all Mineï¿½.
Alan Turkington (Fortinbras, Francisco, 4th Player) Theatre: includes Sweet Bird of Youth (Dundee Rep), Gates of Gold (Finborough), Inflame (Jermyn St), John Bull's Other Island (Tricycle), A Winter's Tale, Tempest (RSC), A View From The Bridge (Harrogate/tour). Film: includes Pure, Love. Television: includes ï¿½Countdown to War,ï¿½ ï¿½Holby Cityï¿½.
Faye Winter (Member of the Court) Theatre: includes The Beggarï¿½s Opera (Gilt & Grime), Hung Up (Pikku Peikko), The Country Wife (Haymarket), Uncommon Women (New Playerï¿½s), Making Echoes, Motherï¿½s Song (Edinburgh Fringe).
Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, made his Broadway debut with the Tony Award-winning production of 'Frost/Nixon.' He originally staged Hamlet for the Donmarï¿½s West End season at Wyndhamï¿½s Theatre, where his credits also include 'Madame De Sade,' 'Twelfth Night' and 'Ivanov' (Evening Standard Award for Best Director for 'Ivanov'). Other Donmar credits include 'The Chalk Garden' (Evening Standard Award for Best Director), 'Othello,' 'John Gabriel Borkman,' 'Don Juan in Soho,' 'Frost/Nixon' (also West End), 'The Cut,' 'The Wild Duck,' 'Guys and Dolls' (Donmar in the West End ï¿½ Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), 'Grand Hotel' (Evening Standard Award for Best Director, Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), 'Henry IV,' 'After Miss Julie,' 'Caligula' (Olivier Award for Best Director) and 'Passion' by Peter Nichols.
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