The Public Theater’s touring production of Hamlet begins its sit-down run at the Public Theater September 19 following a free, three-week tour of New York City’s five boroughs. The Shakespeare classic, about family, grief, deceit and corruption, stars Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji in the title role and is directed by Patricia McGregor.
The mobile unit production kicked off its tour August 26 and has played community venues throughout the city, including correctional facilities and shelters. The cast is made up of Orlagh Cassidy (Gertrude), Christian DeMarais (Laertes), Christopher Ryan Grant (Player King/Musician), Kristolyn Lloyd (Ophelia), Jeffrey Omura (Horatio), Daniel Pearce (Polonius/Gravedigger), Timothy Stickney (Claudius/Ghost) and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Rosencrantz).
Performances at the Public Theater run through October 9 with an official opening night set for September 22.
“This is a perfect team to bring Hamlet to the people of New York, in every borough and from every walk of life,” said artistic director Oskar Eustis in a press statement. “Patricia McGregor is one of our most thrilling young directors, and Chukwudi Iwuji, after brilliant turns at The Public as Edgar in King Lear and Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, is ready to tackle the greatest of Shakespeare's roles. How lucky we are to be alive right now!”
Hamlet features scenic design by Katherine Akiko Day and costume design by Montana Levi Blanco.
See photos from the show below: