Full Cast Announced for Mark Rylance-Led TWELFTH NIGHT & RICHARD III; On-Stage Seating Now on Sale
Complete casting has been announced for the critically heralded all-male Shakespeare's Globe repertory productions of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT and RICHARD III on Broadway this fall. The productions, which delighted audiences and broke all box office records in London's West End earlier this year, will open Sunday, November 10 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street), with previews beginning October 15. Twelfth Night and Richard III, which are directed by Tim Carroll, designed by Jenny Tiramani and with music by Claire van Kampen, will play a limited engagement for 16 weeks. Tickets are on sale now through www.telecharge.com. For a schedule of performances and more information, please visit www.shakespearebroadway.com.
Two-time Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing) stars as the suddenly love struck noblewoman Olivia in Twelfth Night and as the ruthless and conniving title monarch in Richard III. Twelfth Night and Richard III offer the first opportunity for Broadway audiences to see Mark Rylance performing Shakespeare, for which he has earned such accolades as "our greatest living actor" (The Independent) and "the most exciting stage actor of his generation" (The Times). From his early performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company to his 10 years as the first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe (1995-2005), critics and audiences have celebrated Rylance for his fresh, hilarious and inventive performances in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona and As You Like It, among others.
Much loved playwright, screenwriter, actor, writer, poet, journalist, comedian, television personality and National Treasure Stephen Fry makes his Broadway acting debut as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award-winner Samuel Barnett (The History Boys) appears as Viola in Twelfth Night and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III.
Previously announced to join Rylance, Fry and Barnett are many members of the acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe and West End casts, includingLiam Brennan (Orsino in Twelfth Night; Clarence/Lord Mayor in Richard III), Paul Chahidi (a 2013 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Maria in Twelfth Night; Hastings/Tyrrell in Richard III), John Paul Connolly (Antonio in Twelfth Night; 1stMurderer/Cardinal/Ratcliff/Halberdier in Richard III), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste in Twelfth Night; Brakenbury/Catesby in Richard III), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night; King Edward IV/Stanley in Richard III) and Jethro Skinner (Fabian in Twelfth Night; 2ndMurderer/Messenger/Halberdier in Richard III). Angus Wright joins the Broadway company, returning to the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek which he played in Shakespeare's Globe's earlier staging of Twelfth Night and as Duke of Buckingham in Richard III. Terry McGinity, another veteran of the earlier Shakespeare's Globe staging of Twelfth Night, also joins the Broadway company as Sea Captain/Priest in Twelfth Night and Scrivener/Rivers/Blunt in Richard III.
Newly added to the 19-member cast are Kurt Egyiawan (Twelfth Night: Valentine/Officer; Richard III: Richmond/Duchess of York), Matt Harrington (Twelfth Night: Curio/Officer/Olivia's Servant; Richard III: Dorset/Bishop of Ely/Guard), Matthew Schechter (Richard III: Prince Edward), Hayden Signoretti (Richard III: Duke of York), Joseph Timms (Twelfth Night: Sebastian; Richard III: Lady Anne/Grey), Dominic Brewer (Understudy), Dylan Clark Marshall (Richard III: Understudy for Prince Edward/Duke of York) and Tony Ward (Understudy).