The Public Theater’s free touring production of Hamlet will kick off August 26 starring Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji in the title role. The mobile unit will present Hamlet at community venues, including correctional facilities and shelters, in all five boroughs of New York City ahead of a sit-down run at the downtown theatre.
The Shakespeare classic, about family, grief, deceit and corruption, is directed by Patricia McGregor. The cast also includes 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).
Following the three-week tour, the sit-down Public Theater engagement will begin September 19 and 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 will feature scenic design by Katherine Akiko Day and costume design by Montana Levi Blanco.
Tour dates and venues are listed below:
New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Manhattan (August 26)
St. Paul’s Chapel, Manhattan (August 27)
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House/Women’s Mental Health Shelter at the Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan (August 29)
Queensboro Correctional Facility, Queens (August 30)
Brownsville Recreation Center, Brooklyn (August 31)
Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn (September 1 and 2)
Metropolitan Correctional Center, Manhattan (September 8)
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Manhattan (September 9)
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, Bronx (September 10)
Taconic Correctional Facility, Westchester (September 12)
DreamYard Art Center, Bronx (September 13)
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Westchester (September 14)
Casita Maria, Bronx (September 15)
Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, Manhattan (September 16)
Faber Park Field House, Staten Island (September 17)
Single tickets to the Public Theater run will be available August 8. Tickets can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.