Hamlet, the melancholy Danish prince who seeks to avenge his father’s murder in Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy.
A two-time Oscar nominee (for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain), the London-born Law had a busy fall in 2009 as the star of Broadway’s hot-ticket Hamlet and a big-screen adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, giving a slyly funny performance as Dr. Watson opposite Robert Downey Jr.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Play
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
—London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespearean Performance (for 2009 Donmar Warehouse production)
1995: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Indiscretions
Before becoming a movie star, Law appeared nude on Broadway in Indiscretions, an adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles that co-starred Kathleen Turner as his obsessive mother.
“[Hamlet] really is the most rewarding, demanding and enjoyable role. It has the possibility for so much range and so much immediacy of feeling, and of switching your feelings on a line. Indeed, at its heart, there is an extraordinary everyman. His questions are the questions we all ask at some time or another. They’re the questions of existence, of the worth of life, of why we are on this world…. Bringing it to New York is the perfect closure of the journey.” —Law in a Q&A interview with Broadway.com, 9/30/09