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"Mr. Gold and his top-flight cast - led by a majestically impudent Oscar Isaac - tease and tweak the object of their affections, which happens to be the best-known play in English literature."

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See Hamlet?

Star Wars' Oscar Isaac Takes On The dane

The Public Theater presents a new staging of Shakespeare's Hamlet this summer. One of the greatest tragedies ever written, Hamlet's title character is often the defining role of a stage actor's career, with each new incarnation being judged against a lineage of acting greats such as Lawrence Olivier, Richard Burton, and more recently, Benedict Cumberbatch. Taking his turn as the blood-soaked Dane in this production is Oscar Isaac. Tony-winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs.

The Man of the Moment

An actor who marries intensity with matinee idol looks, Isaac's star has been on the rise in recent years with role in Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis and Ex Machina, but it really reached stratospheric heights with his appearance in a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He's no stranger to Shakespeare though, having played Romeo in a 2007 Shakespeare in the Park performance.

What is Hamlet About?

In the Kingdom of Denmark, Prince Hamlet plans his revenge on the uncle who murdered his father, and now sits on the throne. After a period of self-imposed exile, the dispossessed prince makes his return from the shadows, consumed by grief and a lust for revenge against the man who betrayed him.

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Previews from: 20 June 2017

Opening night: 13 July 2017

Run time

3 and a half hours, with two intermissions

Cast and Creative


Oscar Isaac as Hamlet
Roberta Colindrez as Rosencrantz
Peter Friedman as Polonius
Keegan-Michael Key as Horatio
Gayle Rankin as Ophelia, Second Gravedigger
Matthew Saldivar as Guildenstern
Anatol Yusef as Laertes
Ritchie Coster as Claudius
Charlayne Woodard as Gertrude


Wriiten by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Gold
Scenic Design by David Zinn
Costume Design by Kaye Voyce
Lighting Design by Mark Barton
Sound Design by Bray Poor
Musical Direction, Composition by Ernst Reijseger

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