Hamlet star Diane Venora continues to battle illness, resulting in the cancellation of the Tuesday, Dec. 21, performance of the Public Theater production. Venora's ailment has previously forced the elimination of the Tues., Dec. 14, and the Wed. Matinee, Dec. 15, performances. Venora plays Gertrude in the staging, opposite Liev Schreiber's melancholy Dane. The play is directed by Andrei Serban. The company began its fretting and strutting at the Public's Newman Nov. 30, following a delay of one week to iron out production elements of the staging. Performances of the Shakespeare tragedy continue Jan. 9. The third time's a charm for Venora at the Public: In 1982, Venora played Hamlet himself in a staging directed by Joseph Papp, and, in 1990, she played Ophelia opposite Kevin Kline, who also directed.
Schreiber (of cable's "RKO 281," the feature film "A Walk on the Moon" and The Public's Cymbeline and Macbeth) plays the tragic title character, with Diane Venora (a past Public Hamlet veteran) as Gertrude and Colm Feore ("The Insider" and an alum of Ontario's Stratford Festival) as Claudius.
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