CSC artistic director Brian Kulick will direct the Shakespeare tragedy, Playbill.com learned. It will be the first production of the 2005-06 season for the not-for-profit devoted to classic works by masters. The fortysomething Cumpsty will play the Prince of Denmark for the first time in his varied career. His Broadway credits in the last decade include Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Electra, The Heiress, Racing Demom, 1776, La Bete, Translations, Timon of Athens and Artist Descending a Staircase.
The production is expected to play Classic Stage's Off-Broadway home Nov. 2-Dec. 15.
In 2004-05 CSC explored Hamlet one act at a time in a weekly reading series called Monday Night Hamlet, starting April 4 with Cumpsty as Hamlet under Kulick's direction. Different directors and actors subsequently worked on it into the spring.
For more information, visit www.classicstage.org.