John Douglas Thompson


John Douglas Thompson has been hailed by the New York Times “as one  of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation” and in The  New Yorker, Thompson [is] “regarded by some people as the best classical  actor in America.”  

John most recently appeared on Broadway in King Lear and the revival of  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. He also starred in the Huntington  Theatre Company’s Man in the Ring (Elliot Norton Award) and in the  titular role of the American Conservatory Theater’s production of Hamlet.  He also co-starred in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare In The Park  production of Julius Caesar.  

He received rave reviews for his performance in August Wilson’s Jitney,  for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Thompson’s other credits  include The Father and A Doll’s House at Theater For A New Audience  and Troilus & Cressida at The Public. Other Broadway credits include A  Time To Kill, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Julius Caesar with Denzel  Washington.  

John’s Off-Broadway credits include: The Iceman Cometh (Obie and  Drama Desk Awards); Tamburlaine (Obie and Drama Desk Awards);  Satchmo At The Waldorf (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, and  the NAACP Theatre Awards) at Westside Theater, ACT, Annenberg Center  For The Performing Arts, Long Wharf Theater; King Lear at The Public  Theater; Macbeth (title role); Othello (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award)  at Theatre for a New Audience; The Forest; The Emperor Jones at Irish  Repertory Theatre (Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk  nominations); and Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop.  Regional credits include: Joe Turner’s Come And Gone at Mark Taper  Forum (Ovation Award); Antony And Cleopatra; Red Velvet, Othello,  Richard III, and Mother Courage at Shakespeare & Co.; Jesus Hopped the  ‘A’ Train (Barrymore Award); and productions at the Williamstown Theatre  Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, American Repertory Theater and Yale  Repertory Theatre among others. Television credits include: For Life, Mare Of Easttown, The Gilded Age,  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Film credits include: 21 Bridges, 355, Let Them All Talk, Wolves, The  Bourne Legacy, Glass Chin, Midway, and Malcolm X.

Productions at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Production Role
The Tempest
Tempest Talks
The Tempest Online Script-In-Hand Performance

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