The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Mara Manus announce that Jennifer Ehle has been cast as Lady Macbeth opposite Liev Schreiber in this summer’s production of Macbeth. Directed by Moises Kaufman, Macbeth will begin previews at the Delacorte Theater on Tuesday, June 13th . Performances will continue through Sunday, July 9th. The press opening will be announced at a later date. Shakespeare in the Park will mark the culmination of The Public’s year-long 50 th Anniversary Celebration.
Macbeth takes place in a world torn by war, in which treachery, ambition and superstition rule. Macbeth is a victorious war general who applies the rules of war to domestic politics and in the process turns his country upside down. This savage political thriller has never been more timely.
JENNIFER EHLE will make her Public Theater debut as Lady Macbeth this summer. On Broadway, she has appeared in Design for Living and The Real Thing (2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play). Additional theater credits include: For the Royal National Theatre: Summerfolk; for the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Relapse, The Painter of Dishonour and Richard III (1996 season); also: Tartuffe (Playhouse), Breaking the Code (Tour). Television: "Melissa," "Pride and Prejudice" (BAFTA Best Actress Award), "Beyond Reason," "Pleasure," "Self Catering," "The Maitlands," "Micky Love" and "Camomile Lawn." Film: Sunshine (Genie Award nomination for Best Actress) released in June 2000, This Year's Love, Bedrooms and Hallways, Wilde (BAFTA nomination Best Supporting Actress), Paradise Road and Backbeat. She is the daughter of actress Rosemary Harris.
Performances of Shakespeare in the Park will be Tuesday Through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are FREE and will be available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The closest entrances to the Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.
For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Here's the Public Theater's March 21st press release about the casting of Ms Ehle as Lady Macbeth, in PDF format. Below I've extracted the relevant bits, but download the file to see Moises Kaufman and Liev Schreiber's CVs.