Change of director in Jude Law's Hamlet

Change of director in Jude Law's Hamlet

Kenneth Branagh has had to step aside from directing Jude Law as Hamlet at the Wyndham’s Theatre because of his commitments to the forthcoming feature film Thor ­ a project he has recently undertaken. He is replaced with Michael Grandage.

The Donmar Warehouse production of Hamlet opens at the Wyndham's on 3 June 2009, following previews from 29 May, and runs until 22 August 2009.

Michael Grandage said: "I am thrilled and flattered to have the opportunity to direct Jude Law ­ one of the leading actors of his generation as he takes on one of the most important roles of his career. Kenneth Branagh will continue as Artistic Associate of the season and we have arrived at this arrangement very amicably while I still have time to proceed with a brand new production of this great play next year. From the outset Ken has been a huge support and inspiration for the Donmar West End season ­ a project that we could not have realised without his input."

Jude Law said: "I feel privileged to be part of the Donmar West End season and to be directed by the company’s Artistic Director Michael Grandage on Hamlet. It was Ken who brought me to this project and with his support and guidance, as one of the greatest Hamlets of all time, and with Michael directing, I can’t imagine a better scenario for me, as an actor, to undertake the role.”

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