The opening event featured a performance of Richard III at 1 PM and Twelfth Night at 6:30 PM.
Richard III and Twelfth Night are being performed in repertory and continue through Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, 2014, respectively.
The productions are directed by Tim Carroll and feature Rylance (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing) as Richard Duke of Gloucester and Olivia in the respective plays. Rylance shares the stage with Stephen Fry and Samuel Barnett.
The 19-member cast also includes Angus Wright (Twelfth Night: Sir Andrew Aguecheek; Richard III: Duke of Buckingham), Terry McGinity (Twelfth Night: Sea Captain/Priest; Richard III: Scrivener/Rivers/Blunt), Kurt Egyiawan (Twelfth Night: Valentine/Officer; Richard III: Richmond/Duchess of York), Matt Harrington (Twelfth Night: Curio/Officer/Olivia's Servant; Richard III: Dorset/Bishop of Ely/Guard), Matthew Schechter (Richard III: Prince Edward), Hayden Signoretti (Richard III: Duke of York), Joseph Timms (Twelfth Night: Sebastian; Richard III: Lady Anne/Grey), Dominic Brewer (Understudy), Dylan Clark Marshall (Richard III: Understudy for Prince Edward/Duke of York) and Tony Ward (Understudy).
"Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England," press notes state about Richard III. "He has already dispatched one king and that king’s son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews — the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those – the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays — who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare’s most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power."
Here's how Twelfth Night is billed: "While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows."
The productions are designed by Jenny Tiramani with music by Claire van Kampen.
Tickets, a performance schedule and more information can be found by visiting shakespearebroadway.com.