Eyre, James, Cook and Mbatha-Raw Will Join Jude Law in Broadway Hamlet After Run at Elsinore

News   Eyre, James, Cook and Mbatha-Raw Will Join Jude Law in Broadway Hamlet After Run at Elsinore
 
Members of the London and Elsinore casts of the Donmar Warehouse's production of Hamlet, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Jude Law as the Prince of Denmark, will make the move to Broadway, producer Arielle Tepper Madover and the Donmar Warehouse announced July 30.

Hamlet stars Peter Eyre and Jude Law
Hamlet stars Peter Eyre and Jude Law Photo by Johan Persson

Headliner Law was previously announced. The production will begin performances at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Sept. 12 for a strictly limited run of 12 weeks. Opening night is Oct. 6.

Hamlet will come to Broadway following sold out engagements in London's West End and at Elsinore — the play's setting — in Denmark.

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).

For the record, new to the company for the Elsinore run are Ross Armstrong, 1990 Tony Award nominee Geraldine James and Michael Hadley. On Broadway, 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 Aug. 22. It then travels to Kronberg Castle, Elsinore, for a sold out run from Aug. 25-30, prior to Broadway. Here's how the classic is billed by the producers: "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.

Award-winning actor 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 Dec. 25 and Tony in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," being released on Sept. 24. His film credits include "The Talented Mr Ripley" (BAFTA Film Award), "Wilde" (Evening Standard British Film Award), "Cold Mountain," "Road to Perdition," "Closer," "Alfie," "The Aviator" and "Sleuth," among others.

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. His other Donmar credits include The Chalk Garden, Othello, John Gabriel Borkman, Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also West End), The Cut, The Wild Duck, Guys and Dolls, Grand Hotel, Henry IV, After Miss Julie, Caligula and Passion by Peter Nichols. Other West End work includes Evita. In the fall, he directs the world premiere of John Logan's Red at the Donmar.

Previous Donmar Warehouse shows in New York include Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, Cabaret, Electra, The Blue Room, The Real Thing, True West, Nine and the Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out.

Hamlet performances are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets ($116.50 - $25) are available through Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.

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More than 100 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Broadhurst Theatre box office.

Visit www.HamletBroadway.com.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jude Law in <i>Hamlet</i>
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jude Law in Hamlet Photo by Johan Persson
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