At Yale Rep: The Bard’s tale of ‘corruption, betrayal, and madness’

Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti will return to the Yale Repertory Theatre’s stage as the Prince of Denmark in “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s tragedy of corruption, betrayal, and madness.

Haunted by a ghostly revelation that his father, the King, was murdered, Hamlet puts into motion a vengeful plan that will have devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.

Directed by James Bundy, artistic director at the Yale Rep, “Hamlet” will be performed March 15-April 13 at the University Theatre, 222 York St. Opening night is Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.

This production of “Hamlet” is part of “Shakespeare for a New Generation,” a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

“Hamlet” features original music composed by Sarah Pickett, set design by Meredith B. Ries, costumes by Jayoung Yoon, lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, sound by Keri Klick, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, vocal coaching by Grace Zandarski, movement coaching by Erica Fae, dramaturgy by Dana Tanner-Kennedy, and stage management by Geoff Boronda.

The cast also includes Mamoudou Athie, Gerry Bamman, Chris Bannow, Jarlath Conroy, Austin Durant, Lisa Emery, Robert David Grant, Felicity Jones, Patrick Kerr, Marc Kudisch, Erik Lochtefeld, Michael Manuel, Brooke Parks, Paul Pryce, Tommy Schrider, Mickey Theis, Charlie Tirrell, Nicholas Tucci, Harriet Weaver, and Remsen Welsh. The musicians are Michael Compitello, Brian Ellingsen, Christopher Scanlon, Bill Solomon, and Maura Valenti.

A graduate of Yale College and Yale School of Drama, Giamatti previously appeared at the Yale Rep in productions of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and Brecht’s “St. Joan of the Stockyards.” On Broadway, he performed in “The Iceman Cometh” and “The Three Sisters” (Roundabout Theatre Company), and “Racing Demon” and “Arcadia” (Lincoln Center Theater). He received Independent Spirit and New York Film Critics Circle awards, and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role in “Sideways.” His portrayal of Joe Gould in “Cinderella Man” garnered him Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics’ awards, and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Giamatti’s role in “John Adams” earned him Screen Actors Guild, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards. He is a Beinecke Fellow at the Yale School of Drama this spring.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with additional 1:30 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, March 23, March 30, April 6 (which is open-captioned), and April 13 (an audio-described show), and a 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday, March 27, which will be preceded by a reception for senior citizens at 1 p.m. There is one Monday performance, on March 18. Other special events include a 7 p.m. reception for graduate students on Saturday, March 23; Talk Back conversations with members of the cast and crew following the Saturday matinee shows on March 23 and 30; and Post-Show Conversations on Friday, March 15, Tuesday, March 26, and Saturday, March 30.

Tickets for “Hamlet” are $20-$96 and are available online, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St. Student, senior, and group rates are also available.