Michael Sheen Opens in Hamlet at London's Young Vic Nov. 9

News   Michael Sheen Opens in Hamlet at London's Young Vic Nov. 9
Michael Sheen, last seen on the London stage in the Donmar Warehouse's production of Frost/Nixon that subsequently transferred to Broadway, opens in the title role of a new production of Hamlet at London's Young Vic Nov. 9 (following previews that began Oct. 28), for a run through Jan. 21, 2012.

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen

The production is directed by Ian Rickson, with designs by Jeremy Herbert, choreography by Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk associate director), costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Adam Silverman, sound by Gareth Fry, music by Stephen Warbeck and casting by Sam Jones.

Sheen is joined by Adeel Akhtar as Guildenstern/Francisco, Hayley Carmichael as Horatio, James Clyde as Claudius, Sally Dexter as Gertrude, Callum Dixon as Marcellus, Pip Donaghy as Barnardo, Michael Gould as Polonius, Vinette Robinson as Ophelia, Eileen Walsh as Rosencrantz and Benedict Wong as Laertes.

In a press statement, David Lan, artistic director of the Young Vic, previously commented, "Michael Sheen and Ian Rickson are both old colleagues and friends. I have long hoped to have them with us here. To have them together on Hamlet is a gift. It can’t help but be one of the events of the year."

The production marks the Shakespearean directorial debut of Rickson, who is currently represented in the West End by the return of his Royal Court production of Jerusalem to the Apollo. Sheen was last seen on Broadway in Frost/Nixon (reprising his performance as Nixon interrogator David Frost that he originated at the Donmar Warehouse, and also played in the subsequent film version); other Broadway appearances include Mozart in Peter Hall's revival of Amadeus.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit www.youngvic.org.

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