Direct From Stratford-Upon-Burbank

Playing Shakespeare is no way for an American actor to get rich, but even for some who have more lucrative options, the experience is irresistible. For the past few seasons, the classically trained Kelly McGillis, whose voluptuous, skeptical beauty is known to movie audiences from Witness and The Accused, has found a spiritual home at the Shakespeare Theatre’s picturesque—but for the audience excruciatingly uncomfortable—playhouse of the Folger Library, in Washington, D.C. So it is apt that she should be leading the company in Much Ado About Nothing, the inaugural production under a much-needed new roof in the historic Lansburgh building. Her role: the sharp-tongued Beatrice, tricked into falling in love (through April 5). In May, McGillis follows up with Isabella in Measure for Measure, a religious novice whose virtue is put to a cruel test.

Meanwhile, Stephen Lang, with a sheaf of golden notices in his scrapbook for recent appearances on stage and film (A Few Good Men, Last Exit to Brooklyn), joins the Roundabout Theatre Company from April 2 to May 3 at its new Broadway location as Hamlet. He is not one to croon moody music in the monologues, but his cunning, ferocity, and coiled muscularity should make for a dangerous avenger. —M.G.