Hamlet, starring Jude Law, announces complete cast



Producer Arielle Tepper Madover and the Donmar Warehouse have announced the complete Broadway cast for William Shakespeare�s Hamlet, with Jude Law in the title role, directed by Michael Grandage. The production arrives on Broadway following sold out runs in London�s 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 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), 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 Law�s performance and Grandage�s production. �Law�s performance is detailed and powerful and vividly personal� (Evening Standard); �Jude Law is excellent� (Daily Mail); �A swift, clear well-staged version of Shakespeare�s most exciting play� (Guardian); �Jude Law�s Hamlet is vivid, lucid and impassioned. A feverish energy seems to surge from his fingertips,� (Independent on Sunday); �Law�s Hamlet is deeply moving, lucidly spoken,� (Telegraph).

The company of Hamlet is appearing with the permission of Actors� Equity Association.

Hamlet is currently playing at Wyndham�s Theatre in London�s 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 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 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, �Following 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 Law�s extraordinary performance.�

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Bios:

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: �Red Riding,� �Little Dorrit,� �The Diary of Anne Frank,� �Doctor Who,� �Silent Witness,� �10 Days to War,� �Burn Up�.

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: �The Verdict,� �Pulling,� �Time Gentleman Please�.

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: �Midsomer Murders,� �Question of God,� �Cambridge Spies,� �Bertie & Elizabeth,� �Alice in Wonderland�.

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: �The Bill,� �As Time Goes By,� �Love Soup,� �Doctors,� �Monster Television,� �Casualty,� �Taking Issue,� �Drop the Dead Donkey�.

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), Love�s Work, Intimate Death, Une Temp�te (Gate), The Jew of Malta (Almeida), Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Measure for Measure, Mrs Warren�s Profession, A Midsummer Night�s 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 (Wyndham�s). 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 �Ashes to Ashes,� �Tales from the Tower,� �The Broker�s Man,� �The Bill�.

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. Musgrave�s Dance, Juno & The Paycock (NT). Television: includes �Waking the Dead,� �Dispatches,� �Your Own Back Yard,� �Soldier Soldier,� �No Bananas,� �Bishop�s Gate�.

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/Wyndham�s), Death and the Maiden (Duke of York�s), 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 �Tis Pity She�s 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 �Ashes to Ashes,� �Waterloo Road,� �Lewis,� �Mutual Friends,� �Animal Ark�.

James Le Feuvre (Member of the Court) Theatre: includes Deadly Games (Vienna�s English Theatre), Our Country�s Good (New York), The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), The Bet (Criterion). Film: includes Anaphylaxis, God Hates Fags, Cognitive, Don�t 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 �Fallout,� �Bonekickers,� �Lost in Austen,� �Trial & Retribution,� �Miss Marple,� �Doctor Who,� �Dead Clever,� �Spooks,� �Vital Signs�.

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: �Law & Order,� �The Last Van Helsing,� �The Murder of Princess Diana,� �Life on Mars,� �Bloodlines,� �Dunkirk,� �Bedtime,� �Spooks�.

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 �The Belsen Redemption�.

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: �Collision,� �Torchwood,� �Consenting Adults,� �The Tudors,� �Mine all Mine�.

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 �Countdown to War,� �Holby City�.

Faye Winter (Member of the Court) Theatre: includes The Beggar�s Opera (Gilt & Grime), Hung Up (Pikku Peikko), The Country Wife (Haymarket), Uncommon Women (New Player�s), Making Echoes, Mother�s 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 Donmar�s West End season at Wyndham�s 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 � 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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