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Raúl Esparza to Take On Shakespeare's Hamlet

The Tony nominee will play the title role at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Raúl Esparza will lead William Shakespeare's Hamlet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
(© David Gordon)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced that four-time Tony Award nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raúl Esparza will lead William Shakespeare's Hamlet, staged by artistic director Barbara Gaines April 17-June 9.

Esparza takes on the iconic title role of a grief-stricken Prince of Denmark as he attempts to navigate his father's death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder in one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Complete casting to be announced in the coming months.

Raúl Esparza's Broadway appearances have included Company, Arcadia, Speed-the-Plow, The Homecoming, Leap of Faith, and Taboo. Earlier this year, he appeared in a star-studded concert production of Chess at the Kennedy Center.

Joining Gaines on the Hamlet creative team are scenic designer Scott Davis, costume designer Susan E. Mickey, lighting designer Robert Wierzel, sound designer Lindsay Jones, projection designer Mike Tutaj, and wig and make-up designer Richard Jarvie. Tyrone Phillips will serve as the production's associate director.


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