It’s been a big season for the Bard on Broadway, with productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Richard III, and William Shakespeare’s famed tragedy Macbeth, which concluded its run at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre today.
Actor Ethan Hawke took on the lead role in ‘the Scottish play’ (as it is often called by those too superstitious to say its name) for this production, which featured direction by Jack O’Brien and co-starred John Glover, Richard Easton, Malcolm Gets, Byron Jennings, Brian d’Arcy James, Daniel Sunjata, and Anne-Marie Duff, who made her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth.
Macbeth was previously seen on Broadway just last season in a nearly-solo production featuring Alan Cumming (soon to be back on Broadway this season in the re-revival of Cabaret) playing all of the parts himself.
Lincoln Center Theater has announced its upcoming season, which will include a wide variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Ethan Hawke will play the title role in a new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, beginning performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, LCT’s Broadway space, in October. Jack O’Brien will direct the production.
The Spring production at the Beaumont will be Act One, James Lapine’s adaptation of playwright Moss Hart’s celebrated autobiography. Casting has not yet been announced.
LCT’s Off-Broadway season, taking place at the Newhouse Theater, is to include the new play Domesticated by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning writer Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park). There will also be a production of The City of Conversation, written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Doug Hughes (Doubt).
The new PBS special Shakespeare Uncovered features several esteemed stage performers and directors exploring the genius of William Shakespeare, still regarded as the English-speaking world’s greatest playwright after 400 years. Combining biography, history, play analysis, actual performances of the text, and personal thoughts by the series’ various celebrity hosts, Shakespeare Uncovered is designed to share the brilliance of Shakespearean theater with new generations.
In Shakespeare Uncovered, Ethan Hawke takes on Macbeth, Derek Jacobi shows audiences the power of Richard II, Jeremy Irons talks about Henry IV and Henry V, David Tennant tackles Hamlet (which he recently played to acclaim on the London stage), Trevor Nunn reveals The Tempest, and Joely Richardson looks at Shakespeare’s beloved comedies.
To find out more about Shakespeare Uncovered and to view entire episodes online, visit video.pbs.org/program/shakespeare-uncovered.