The Verdict: Critics Review All-Male Production of Richard III and Twelfth Night, Starring Mark Rylance

The Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III officially opened Nov. 10 at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. The all-male casts are headed by two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance. 

Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance (Photo by Simon Annand)

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. Richard III and Twelfth Night are being performed in repertory and continue through Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, 2014, respectively.

Joining Rylance, Fry and Barnett are many members of the Shakespeare's Globe and West End casts, including Liam Brennan (Orsino in Twelfth Night and Clarence and Lord Mayor in Richard III), Paul Chahidi (a 2013 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Maria in Twelfth Night and Hastings and Tyrell in Richard III), John Paul Connolly (Antonio in Twelfth Night and 1st Murderer, Cardinal, Ratcliff and Halberdier in Richard III), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste in Twelfth Night and Brakenbury and Catesby in Richard III), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and King Edward IV and Stanley in Richard III) and Jethro Skinner (Fabian in Twelfth Night and 2nd Murderer, Messenger and Halberdier in Richard III).

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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