John Barrymore III to Play Hamlet in First Stage Performance in 20 Years
26 Jun 2013
John Barrymore III is returning to the stage for the first time in 20 years to play Hamlet, according to the Monterey Herald.
Presented by the Forest Theater Guild, Hamlet is co-directed by Barrymore, Nick Hovick and Larry Welch. The production begins June 28 and runs through July 25.
Barrymore's grandfather, Hollywood legend John Barrymore, was referred to as "The American Hamlet" and was the first American-born actor to be accepted by the British for his portrayal of the Prince of Denmark.
"I told (the Forest Theater Guild producers) I'm not afraid to play Hamlet," Barrymore III said to the Monterey Herald. "And here we go."
Barrymore has performed Shakespeare in the past, including a show at the Globe Playhouse for Shakespearean Theatre in West Hollywood.
The cast includes John David Whalen, who will play Laertes. The creative team includes producer Rebecca Barrymore, set designer Nicole Bryant Stephens and costume designer Tinna Hannas.
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