Oscar winner William Hurt, Emmy nominee T.R. Knight and Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega are set to join the cast of Classic Stage Company's revival of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, starring Elizabeth Olsen as Juliet. Finn Wittrock, previously announced to co-star as Romeo, has withdrawn from the production due to a film offer. A new Romeo and complete casting will be announced shortly. Romeo & Juliet will kick off CSC's 2013-14 season with performances beginning on September 27 and opening night set for October 16. The production will play a limited engagement through November 3, directed by Tea Alagic.
Hurt will play the role of Friar Laurence, Knight has been cast as Romeo's close friend Mercutio and Rubin-Vega will play the role of the Nurse. One of Shakespeare's most well-known and performed plays, Romeo & Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.
Hurt received a Tony nomination for Hurlyburly. His other theater credits include Fifth of July, Hamlet, The Drawer Boy, Long Day's Journey Into Night and No Man's Land. He won the Best Actor Oscar for Kiss of the Spider Woman and was also nominated for Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News and A History of Violence. Hurt's film and TV credits include The Big Chill, Body Heat, Eyewitness, Altered States, Jane Eyre, One True Thing, Tuck Everlasting, Into the Wild, Too Big To Fail and Damages.
Knight's Broadway credits include A Life In The Theatre, Tartuffe and Noises Off. He appeared in off-Broadway productions of Sold, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Scattergood and Marvin’s Room. Knight received an Emmy nomination for his role as George O’Malley on the ABC hit series Grey’s Anatomy. His other TV credits include The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Rubin-Vega received Tony nominations for her roles in Rent and Anna in the Tropics. Her other Broadway credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Les Miserables and A Streetcar Named Desire. Rubin-Vega's film credits include Wild Things, Flawless and Jack Goes Boating.
Shakespeare fans will be able to take in two productions of Romeo & Juliet this fall: In addition to CSC's off-Broadway mounting, Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad will play the title roles on Broadway beginning August 24.