The onstage seating for the two plays, which will be performed in repertory by all-male casts beginning Oct. 15 at the Belasco Theatre prior to an official opening night Nov. 10, will provide theatregoers with a personal experience with the productions, including close proximity to the pre-show ritual of actors getting dressed on stage. The onstage seats are located on the upper tier of the onstage boxes.
As previously reported, the productions will be directed by Tim Carroll and feature two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance as Olivia and Richard Duke of Gloucester in the respective plays. Rylance will share the stage with Stephen Fry and Samuel Barnett.
Joining Rylance, Fry and Barnett will be many members of the Shakespeare's Globe and West End casts, including Liam Brennan (Orsino in Twelfth Night and Clarence and Lord Mayor in Richard III), Paul Chahidi (a 2013 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Maria in Twelfth Night and Hastings and Tyrell in Richard III), John Paul Connolly (Antonio in Twelfth Night and 1st Murderer, Cardinal, Ratcliff and Halberdier in Richard III), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste in Twelfth Night and Brakenbury and Catesby in Richard III), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and King Edward IV and Stanley in Richard III) and Jethro Skinner (Fabian in Twelfth Night and 2nd Murderer, Messenger and Halberdier in Richard III).
The 19-member cast also includes Kurt Egyiawan (Twelfth Night: Valentine/Officer; Richard III: Richmond/Duchess of York), Matt Harrington (Twelfth Night: Curio/Officer/Olivia's Servant; Richard III: Dorset/Bishop of Ely/Guard), Matthew Schechter (Richard III: Prince Edward), Hayden Signoretti (Richard III: Duke of York), Joseph Timms (Twelfth Night: Sebastian; Richard III: Lady Anne/Grey), Dominic Brewer (Understudy), Dylan Clark Marshall (Richard III: Understudy for Prince Edward/Duke of York) and Tony Ward (Understudy).
Here's how Twelfth Night is billed: "While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high handedness of Olivia's steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows." "Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England," press notes state about Richard III. "He has already dispatched one king and that king's son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews — the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those – the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays — who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power."
Angus Wright will join the Broadway company, returning to the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek, which he played in Shakespeare's Globe's earlier staging of Twelfth Night, and as Duke of Buckingham in Richard III. Terry McGinity, another veteran of Shakespeare's Globe's earlier staging of Twelfth Night, also joins the Broadway company as the Sea Captain and Priest in Twelfth Night and Scrivener, Rivers and Blunt in Richard III.
The productions will be designed by Jenny Tiramani with music by Claire van Kampen.
At every performance, 250 seats in the the balcony, as well as selected seats in the orchestra, mezzanine, boxes and on stage, will be sold for $25 and can be booked in advance.
Tickets, a performance schedule and more information can be found by visiting shakespearebroadway.com.