The Frog and Peach Theatre Company's production of Richard II, starring Austin Pendleton in the title role, will extend one week until April 8. The production, directed by Lynnea Benson, began performances on March 8, with an opening of March 11.
Pendleton first got a taste for the classics in the late '80s when he was offered the role of Hamlet by a small Upper West Side troupe. He was approaching 50 at the time but accepted the part and won some good notices. Since then, he has played Richard III three times with as many ensembles, Iago in Othello and King Lear in a 2000 production in Boston.
Pendleton's other credits include Doubles, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac, Sophistry and the aborted pre-Broadway national tour of Finian's Rainbow.
Ted Zurkowski will play Bolingbroke. Also in the cast are Martin Carey, Letty Ferrer, Matthew Freeman, Roland Johnson and Stewart Walker. Tickets are $15. The performances are at the Theatre at the West-Park Church (165 W. 86th Street). For information, all (212) 946-5321.
—By Robert Simonson