Eddie Izzard Sets New York Stage Return With One-Person ‘Hamlet’

Eddie Izzard Sets New York Stage Return With One-Person ‘Hamlet’

Eddie Izzard will play 23 characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet this winter in a new Off Broadway production adapted by brother Mark Izzard.

The Izzards’ Hamlet will begin a six-week limited run at the Greenwich House Theater on January 25, with opening night set for February 11. Selena Cadell directs.

The production reunites the Izzards and Cadell following last year’s sold-out run of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, which also played at the Greenwich House in addition to London’s West End. Hamlet is produced by WestBeth Entertainment, Mick Perrin Worldwide, and John Gore.

“I have always gravitated towards playing complex and challenging characters and Hamlet is the ultimate,” Izzard said in a statement. “This is a production for everyone, a timeless drama with an accidental hero. Selina, Mark, and I want audiences to see and hear an accessible, touching, scary and dramatic Hamlet.”

Izzard will be portraying men, women, ghosts, scholars, tyrants, courtiers, lovers, fools, and poets, according to today’s announcement.

The Hamlet design team is Tom Piper (set), Tyler Elich (lighting), Tom Piper and Libby DaCosta (costume stylists), and Didi Hopkins (Movement Director).