Olivia / Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Viola / Queen Elizabeth
Claire van Kampen
Twelfth Night and Richard III set to open on Broadway, November, 2013
Starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry
Continuing their phenomenal success at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, director Tim Carroll’s productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III (both 2012) will be performed on Broadway at Belasco Theater, New York for a limited season of 16 weeks.
Twelfth Night and Richard III offer the first opportunity for Broadway audiences to see Mark Rylance performing Shakespeare. He will be joined by other original cast members including Samuel Barnett and Stephen Fry, making his Broadway debut.
Twelfth Night and Richard III are both presented with an extraordinary all-male company playing both male and female roles, as the plays were originally staged in Shakespeare’s day. The productions are filled with music, played live by seven musicians on traditional Elizabethan instruments in a gallery above the stage, and are lit almost exclusively by the glow of 100 on-stage candles, adding to the intimate and authentic atmosphere. Entering the theatre, audiences will also witness the pre-show ritual of actors dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, adding to the unique and immersive theatrical experience.
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare’s most charismatic, self-delighting villain, revelling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power.
Tickets are now on sale. Buy tickets here.
There will be 250 tickets at $25 available for all performances.
For a schedule of performances and more information, please visit www.ShakespeareBroadway.com.
For more information please download the press release from the list on the right hand side of the page.
Twelfth Night and Richard III will be produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Bob Bartner & Norman Tulchin, Stephanie P. McClelland, 1001 Nights, Just For Laughs Theatricals / Glass Half Full Productions, Rupert Gavin, Max Cooper and Shakespeare Road Productions in association with Shakespeare Globe Center USA.