Brit prod'n finds long-sought Gotham venue at BAM

The hitherto homeless-in-Gotham Royal National Theatre Production of “Hamlet,” directed by John Caird and starring Simon Russell Beale, has unexpectedly found a New York venue in the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it will have an exclusive five-performance run May 30-June 2.

Production, which finished a critically praised London run Jan. 26, was planning to bypass New York on its Stateside tour for lack of a theater. New schedule will have the tour starting in Boston and hitting Minneapolis, Phoenix and Tucson before wrapping up at the Howard Gilman Opera House as part of BAM’s 2001 spring season.

At home in Denmark

The previous continental tour included stops in Belgrade, Stockholm, Glasgow, Dublin and the Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark, where the play is set.

“BAM has a long-standing relationship with the Royal National Theatre,” said BAM’s exec producer Joseph V. Melillo, “and we were committed to finding a way to bring (‘Hamlet’) here.”

Award-winning turn

Most recently Caird directed the National’s production of “Candide,” for which he won a 2000 Olivier Award for best musical production. Beale, nominated for a best actor Olivier Award for this “Hamlet,” last appeared at BAM as Iago in the Royal National Theatre’s soldout 1998 production of “Othello.” Cast also includes Sara Kestelman (“Copenhagen,” London production) as Gertrude, Peter McEnery as King Claudius and Cathryn Bradshaw as Ophelia.

Tickets go on sale March 19 for BAM subscribers and members will and April 2 for the public. For information, call the BAM B.O. at (718) 636-4100 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100, or visit www.bam.org.

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