The Play's the Thing: Hamlet Opens at the Delacorte June 17

News   The Play's the Thing: Hamlet Opens at the Delacorte June 17 Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman) stars in the title role of the Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet, which officially opens at the Delacorte Theater June 17.
Hamlet's Michael Stuhlbarg with Lauren Ambrose and Sam Waterston.
Hamlet's Michael Stuhlbarg with Lauren Ambrose and Sam Waterston. Photo by Michal Daniel

Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis directs the production that also boasts Sam Waterston as Polonius, Lauren Ambrose as Ophelia, Margaret Colin as Gertrude and Andre Braugher as Claudius. Shakespeare's princely drama began previews in Central Park May 27 and will continue through June 29.

The Hamlet company also includes David Harbour as Laertes, Kevin Carroll as Horatio, Hoon Lee as Rosencrantz, Piter Marek as Bernardo and Fortinbras, Greg McFadden as Guildenstern, Julio Monge as Osric and Francisco, Paul O'Brien as Voltemand and Priest, Gilbert Owuor as Marcellus, Jay O. Sanders as Ghost, Gravedigger and Player King, and Miriam Silverman as Player Queen.

The ensemble comprises Christopher Bonewitz, Bruce Cannon, Matt Carlson, W. Tre' Davis, Emily DeCola, Stephen James King, Erin Orr, Dana Lyn and Michael Schupbach.

The Hamlet creative team includes scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Michael Chybowski and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

Opening night of Hamlet also serves as the Public Theater's 2008 Summer Gala. A host of artists including Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Turner, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Krakowski, Julianna Margulies, Nora Ephron and S. Epatha Merkerson will attend the evening honoring Tony-nominated scenic designer David Rockwell. Rockwell currently serves on the board for the Public and has been involved with the downtown theatrical institution for 20 years.

Performances of Shakespeare in the Park are Tuesday-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, or by entering the Public's online ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org. There will be no ticket distribution for the June 17 opening-night performance of Hamlet.

The closest entrances to the Delacorte are located 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.

Margaret Colin, Michael Stuhlbarg and Andre Braugher in <i>Hamlet.</i>
Margaret Colin, Michael Stuhlbarg and Andre Braugher in Hamlet. Photo by Michal Daniel
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