ShakesCo plans “Hamlet” staged reading with Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock

Shakespeare & Company will present a staged reading of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7pm. Featuring Finn Wittrock of American Horror Story and The Big Short, and other special guests, the reading will be presented in the Tina Packer Playhouse, and will be directed by Kevin G. Coleman, Shakespeare & Company’s Director of Education and a 2016 Tony Award nominee.

A star of stage, film and television, Finn Wittrock grew up with the Company. As a child he appeared in many of the Company’s outdoor Shakespeare productions at The Mount, as well as with Jonathan Epstein in Richard III at the Duffin Theatre in 1999. Most recently, Wittrock was seen in the Oscar nominated film The Big Short, in which he starred opposite Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Steve Carell. Wittrock has been a part of the critically-acclaimed series American Horror Story for the last two seasons and he was nominated for an Emmy for his season 4 portrayal of Dandy Mott. This fall, Finn will be seen with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the film La La Land for Lionsgate. Upcoming theatrical productions include Othello with Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo directed by Sam Gold and The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field.

“We’re excited to have Finn return to Shakespeare & Company long after his formative years at the Mount when he and other Company members’ kids formed their own company— cutting, casting and performing many of the same roles that they saw their parents playing,” said director Kevin G. Coleman. “Rory Hammond and Finn’s brother Dylan, both from those years, join him in this reading of Hamlet.”

Hamlet features a cast of Company actors, many a part of Finn’s history here, including Jonathan Epstein (Claudius), Elizabeth Aspenlieder (Gertrude), Malcolm Ingram (Polonius), Rory Hammond (Guildenstern), Dylan Wittrock (Rosencrantz), Kate Abbruzzese (Ophelia) with Caroline Calkins, and David Joseph, and others.

With a running time just under two hours including intermission, ticket prices range from $20 to $80; for this special event no discounts apply. Tickets are available online at www.shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353 during box office hours. The Playhouse is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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