Keegan-Michael Key Joins Oscar Isaac in 'Hamlet' Off-Broadway

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Sam Gold's staging of the Shakespeare classic will bow at The Public in June.

Sam Gold's staging of Hamlet, starring Oscar Isaac, is happening after all — and with Keegan-Michael Key in tow.

The actor of Key & Peele fame will take a dramatic turn as Horatio in the production, which will play off-Broadway at The Public. Previews begin June 20, ahead of an official opening on July 13. It will run at the Anspacher Theater through Sept. 3.

The production was initially set to close the current season at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.

With Isaac as the tormented Danish prince and Key as his trusted friend, the staging also features Roberta Colindrez, Peter Friedman, Gayle Rankin, Matthew Saldivar and Anatol Yusef.

"Oscar Isaac starred in the first show I produced at the Delacorte, Two Gents, in the summer of 2005. His Romeo two years later was more proof of his brilliance," said The Public's artistic director Oskar Eustis. "Sam Gold's production of Fun Home was one of the most extraordinary directorial feats I've ever produced. The prospect of the two of them collaborating on what is arguably the greatest play ever written is joyous."

Since his Comedy Central series, Key has starred in comedies such as Keanu and Why Him? Among his upcoming films are Shane Black's actioner The Predator and Joe Swanberg's comedy Win It All. He is repped by UTA and Principato Young Entertainment.

Gold currently is one of the most in-demand directors working in New York theater. He drew major acclaim late last year with his first Shakespeare staging, Othello, starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo; and is currently represented on Broadway with a revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field and Joe Mantello.

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