Oscar Isaac leads the cast of Hamlet at the Public Theater.
Oscar Isaac leads the cast of Hamlet at the Public Theater.
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According to reports by The New York Times, the Public Theater announced that it will be canceling the remaining four Saturday matinee performances of Hamlet, eliminating two-show days for the cast led by Oscar Isaac.

A Public Theater spokeswoman is quoted as saying, "As an artist-driven organization, the welfare of our actors is always a top priority. Over the last few weeks the intensity that Hamlet requires of our actors over the four-hour show is starting to take a toll."

Public Theater members and partners will be offered exchanges for future performances, while single title buyers will be offered full refunds due to the sold-out run ending September 3.

In addition to Isaac, who stars in the title role, the cast features Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz), Ritchie Coster (Claudius), Peter Friedman (Polonius), Keegan-Michael Key (Horatio), Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger), Matthew Saldívar (Guildenstern), Charlayne Woodard (Gertrude), and Anatol Yusef (Laertes).

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