Oscar Isaac will step into the role of the titular brooding Danish prince in Hamlet.
The Sam Gold-directed production will bow at The Public Theater in June. This marks a happy ending for the Gold-Isaac production, which has been in development since 2014 and was pulled from Theater for a New Audience last year before it began due to creative differences. All’s well that ends well. This is Oscar Isaac’s third Public Theater Shakespeare production. He played Proteus in the Shakespeare in the Park run of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2005 and returned to the park in 2007 to play Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Isaac first worked with Gold in Manhattan Theatre Club’s We Live Here.
After making us giggle in a Key & Peele sketch about two Elizabethan black men seeing Othello, Keegan-Michael Key will take on the Bard onstage as Hamlet’s best friend Horatio. Rounding out the cast are Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz), Peter Friedman (Polonius), Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger), Matthew Saldívar (Guildenstern), and Anatol Yusef (Laertes). Complete casting will be announced soon.
The timeless story centers on Hamlet, who plots revenge against his mother Gertrude and uncle Claudius after they murdered Hamlet’s father so Claudius could be king and they could be married. Sam Gold’s credits include Fun Home (which won him a Tony Award), The Flick, and Seminar. The creative team includes scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Kaye Voyce, lighting designer Mark Barton, sound designer Bray Poor. Musical direction, composition, and performance will be provided by cellist Ernst Reijseger. Single tickets are on sale starting March 30.
Hamlet starts previews on June 20 and opens on July 13, running through September 3 at the Anspacher Theater.