TWO PLAYS IN REPERTORY ON A ROTATING SCHEDULE.
SEE ONE, SEE BOTH!
Direct from a sold-out run in London’s West End, the critically beloved Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III come to Broadway for a 16-week limited engagement. Two of The Bard’s finest plays are performed in repertory by a remarkable cast featuring two-time Tony Award® winner MARK RYLANCE (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing) and Golden Globe nominee STEPHEN FRY (Gosford Park, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Joining Rylance and Fry will be many members of the acclaimed Shakespeare’s Globe and West End casts, including Tony Award nominee SAMUEL BARNETT (The History Boys), LIAM BRENNAN, PAUL CHAHIDI, JOHN PAUL CONNOLLY, PETER HAMILTON DYER, KURT EGYIAWAN, MATT HARRINGTON, COLIN HURLEY, TERRY McGINITY, MATTHEW SCHECHTER, HAYDEN SIGNORETTI, JETHRO SKINNER, JOSEPH TIMMS and ANGUS WRIGHT.
Delightfully funny and refreshingly original, these classics are presented in the custom of how Shakespeare’s plays were first staged, with an extraordinary all-male company playing male and female roles; actors participating in the pre-show ritual of dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, in front of the audience; music played live on traditional instruments; and lighting created almost exclusively by 100 on-stage candles, adding to the intimate atmosphere. This is timeless Shakespeare at its finest and most accessible... and it is not to be missed!
Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia (Mark Rylance), an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola (Samuel Barnett), who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king’s son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews – the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those – the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays – who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare’s most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power.