The Public Theater confirmed that Emmy Award-winning actor Andre Braugher (Henry V) and Drama Desk nominee Lily Rabe (Crimes of the Heart) will join the previously announced Tony Award winner Richard Easton and Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg in Hamlet.
Under the direction of Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, Braugher and Rabe join the company as Claudius and Ophelia, respectively. Stuhlbarg will play prince Hamlet, and Easton will play Polonius. Performances will be May 27-June 29. The production has not played Central Park's Delacorte stage since 1975.
As previously announced, Groff and Swenson will star in a fully-staged version of Hair under the direction of Diane Paulus, who presented the anniversary concert as part of Joe's Pub in the Park last September.
Returning to Hair will be last season's concert cast members Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe), Steel Burkhardt (Tribe), Allison Case (Crissy), Lauren Elder (Tribe), Allison Guinn (Tribe), Anthony Hollock (Tribe), Kaitlin Kiyan (Tribe), Andrew Kober (Father/Margaret Mead), Megan Lawrence (Mother), Nicole Lewis (White Boys Trio/Tribe), Patina Renea Miller (Dionne), John M. Moauro (Tribe), Darius Nichols (Hud), Brandon Pearson (Tribe), Megan Reinking (Black Boys Trio/Tribe), Paris Remillard (Tribe), Bryce Ryness (Woof), Saycon Sengbloh (White Boys Trio/Tribe), Maya Sharpe (Tribe), Kacie Sheik (Jeanie), Theo Stockman (Tribe), and Tommar Wilson (Tribe). Summer Support tickets go on sale March 30, for a tax-deductible contribution of $160 for Hamlet or $165 for Hair. Summer Supporters earn reserved seats for their contributions to fund the Delacorte stagings. This opportunity, offered for a limited time, is available by calling (212) 967-7555.
Performances of Shakespeare in the Park are Tuesday through Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are free and are available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 PM and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1-3 PM.
The closest entrances to the Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.
For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org.