Performing Arts

KC native Nathan Darrow of ‘Gotham,’ ‘House of Cards’ returning home to star in Shakespeare Fest’s ‘Hamlet’

Nathan Darrow (left) played the title role in “Henry V” in 2006 at Heart of American Shakespeare Festival. He’ll be back next summer for “Hamlet.”
Nathan Darrow (left) played the title role in “Henry V” in 2006 at Heart of American Shakespeare Festival. He’ll be back next summer for “Hamlet.” The Kansas City Star

Before he was Mr. Freeze on TV’s “Gotham” or Meechum the bodyguard on “House of Cards,” Nathan Darrow made a name for himself in Shakespeare plays in Kansas City.

Next summer, the KC native will return to his roots to star in “Hamlet” for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The tragedy about the troubled Danish prince will be performed June 13 to July 2 in Southmoreland Park, near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Darrow, a Shawnee Mission North High School graduate, played the title role in the Shakespeare festival’s “Henry V” in 2006 and Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” in 2007. He got his graduate degree at New York University and moved to New York in 2009. Soon he was cast in an international touring production of “Richard III,” with Kevin Spacey in the title role. That was his ticket to Netflix’s “House of Cards,” in which Spacey plays corrupt politician Frank Underwood and Darrow his ominous protector.

In addition to his villainous turn as Victor Fries, aka Mr. Freeze, on Fox’s “Gotham,” Darrow also has a recurring role as the unscrupulous Mark Danzig in Showtime’s “Billions.” The drama, set in the cutthroat world of high finance, stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis and is set to return for its second season in February.

Also next year, Darrow will play Bernie Madoff’s son Andrew in Barry Levinson’s HBO movie “The Wizard of Lies.” Robert De Niro stars as the Ponzi schemer, with Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, Ruth.

For more about the Shakespeare festival, visit kcshakes.org.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc

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