By Kenneth Jones
06 Dec 2009
|Photo by Johan Persson|
The producers previously announced that the production — which originated at London's Donmar and played the West End and Denmark — had recouped its investment after seven weeks on Broadway. By close, it will have played 72 performances and 25 previews.
Law returned to Broadway for the first time since 1995 when he made his Tony Award-nominated debut in Jean Cocteau's Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles). He is widely known for his work in the films "Alfie," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (BAFTA Film Award), "Wilde" (Evening Standard British Film Award), "Cold Mountain," "Road to Perdition," "Closer," "Alfie," "The Aviator" and "Sleuth," among others.
He plays Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie's new film, "Sherlock Holmes," being released on Dec. 25.
The Hamlet cast features Ross Armstrong (Cornelius), Harry Attwell (Guildenstern), Ron Cook (Polonius, 1st Gravedigger), Ian Drysdale (Osric), Peter Eyre (Ghost of Hamlet's Father, Player King), Jenny Funnell (Player Queen), Michael Hadley (Barnardo, Priest, Captain), Colin Haigh (Member of the Court), Sean Jackson (Reynaldo), Geraldine James (Gertrude), Jude Law (Hamlet), Gwilym Lee (Laertes), James Le Feuvre (Member of the Court), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ophelia), John MacMillan (Rosencrantz), Kevin R. McNally (Claudius), Henry Pettigrew (Marcellus, 3rd Player, 2nd Gravedigger,), Matt Ryan (Horatio), Alan Turkington (Francisco, Fortinbras, 4th Player) and Faye Winter (Member of the Court).
Law plays melancholy Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare's tragedy. "Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet determines to avenge his father's death with devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom."
The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.