Theater Update: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hamlet’

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Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of

Johan Persson
Review: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hamlet’
This production in London frames Mr. Cumberbatch like a saint in an old-master painting, reflecting the fervor surrounding his star turn.

Ben Brantley in London
David Suchet in

Nobby Clark
David Suchet plays Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s “Importance of Being Earnest” at the Vaudeville Theater and, across the river, Michelle Terry is the cross-dressing heroine of “As You Like It” at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Ben Whishaw plays several roles in

Marc Brenner
“Bakkhai,” “Splendour” and “The Trial” are among the worthy offerings on London stages this summer.


News and Reviews
Top row, from left: Alex Mandell, Karen Murphy and Richard Dent; bottom row, from left, Dave Thomas Brown, Katelyn Webb, Jeremy Abram and Betsy Hogg.

Serge Bloch

Bad Singing and Fire Eating: Actors on Their ‘Special Skills’

Common skills like speaking with accents, juggling and handling stage combat are standard. But others are special and considered valuable.

Mercury Fur  Zane Pais, near right, and Jack DiFalco play brothers in this dystopian drama by Philip Ridley at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Review: In Philip Ridley’s ‘Mercury Fur,’ It’s the World’s End, and the Party’s Here

This dark play features grotesque festivities that are staged in New York after society has become only a shadow of what it once was.

"Informed Consent," at the Duke on 42nd Street, stars Tina Benko, left, as a scientist, and Myra Lucretia Taylor as a dean.

Paula Lobo for The New York Times

Review: ‘Informed Consent’ Tests the Ethics of Genetic Research

This play at the Duke on 42nd Street is about an anthropologist whose deeply personal reasons for pursuing her work lead her into questionable moral territory.

Lynne Meadow

Evan Sung for The New York Times

Internet Outcry Over Diversity Leads Manhattan Theater Club to Announce Season Details Early

The company’s announcement of productions solely by white male playwrights led to protests on social media, followed by a change.

Joseph Haj, the new artistic director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

Minnesota Theaters Embrace New Leaders, and Others May Follow

Leadership turnover is coming to America’s regional theaters, as the Guthrie and others see new faces in decision-making positions.

Trials of wealth: Joe Paulik, left, Maureen Anderman and Gabriel Brown in A. R. Gurney's

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Review: In A. R. Gurney’s ‘Love & Money,’ a Grandson Materializes to Claim His Fortune

A young stranger interrupts a wealthy old widow’s plan to give away everything she owns in this new play at the Signature Theater.

From left, Christian DeMarais, Rebecca S'manga Frank and Jonathan Louis Dent, in Mr. Dent's

Dixie Sheridan

Review: Taking In the New York International Fringe Festival, From Ferry to Theater

With nearly 200 productions, navigating this festival can be difficult, but it can also be a surprisingly happy theatergoing experience.


Critics' Picks
Drop Dead Perfect  Everett Quinton, left, and Jason Cruz in this comic thriller, at the Theater at St. Clement's.

Review: ‘Drop Dead Perfect,’ Winking Melodrama, Returns to St. Clement’s

Review: ‘Hamilton,’ Young Rebels Changing History and Theater

John  From left, Georgia Engel, Christopher Abbott and Lois Smith in this Annie Baker drama set at a bed-and-breakfast near the Gettysburg battlefield, playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Review: In ‘John,’ Pondering Life’s Mysteries From Gettysburg

Review: Colin Quinn, Full of Nostalgia for Gritty Old New York

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