Raúl Esparza Will Take on Hamlet in Chicago | Playbill

Chicago News Raúl Esparza Will Take on Hamlet in Chicago
The four-time Tony nominee will headline Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 2019 production.
Raúl Esparza Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Four-time Tony nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raúl Esparza will star in the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for Chicago Shakespeare Theater next year.

Staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, the production will play the Courtyard Theater April 17–June 9, 2019. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Gaines said in a statement, "It's a joy to be able to create and celebrate Hamlet with Raúl—who was positively born to play this role. His natural charisma, never-ending curiosity, and generosity of spirit will fill our stage with wonder. The prospect of examining this story alongside such an outstanding artist is thrilling.”

The creative team also includes scenic designer Scott Davis, costume designer Susan E. Mickey, lighting designer Robert Wierzel, sound designer Lindsay Jones, projection designer Mike Tutaj, and wig and makeup designer Richard Jarvie. Tyrone Phillips will serve as the production’s associate director.

A First Look at Raúl Esparza, Ramin Karimloo, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Karen Olivo in Chess at the Kennedy Center

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