What does it mean that Gertrude doesn’t use the word ‘mad’ until the closet scene?
Did Gertrude know she was drinking poison? (yes)
How far can a parent’s love slide into denial that their child is in crisis before they act?
Can true tragedy only be born of love?
Can Hamlet the play be experienced through any point of view other than Hamlet’s?
Cast: Graham Abbey, Hilary Adams, Bola Aiyeola, Celia Aloma, Maev Beaty, Isi Bhakhomen, David Campion, Laura Condlln, Austin Eckert, Jakob Ehman, Ijeoma Emesowum, Mary Jay, Rachel Jones, Matthew Kabwe, John Kirkpatrick, Kevin Kruchkywich, Josue Laboucane, Ngabo Nabea, Janice Owens, Andrea Rankin, Anthony Santiago, Tyrone Savage, Michael Spencer-Davis, Amaka Umeh, Norman Yeung
Company: The Stratford Festival
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Peter Pasyk
Set designer: Patrick Lavender
Costume Designer: Michelle Bohm
Lighting designer: Kimberly Purtell
Composer & Sound Designer: Richard Feren
Fight Director: Geoff Scovell
Intimacy & Movement Director: Alix Sideris
Associate Fight Director: David Chinchilla
Assistant Fight Director: Jennifer Dzialoszynski
Stage Manager: Brian Scott
Assistant Stage Manager: Alice Ferreyra Galliani
Assistant Stage Manager: Tiffany Fraser
Assistant Stage Manager: Maxwell T. Wilson
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth McDermott
“This production offers a grand return to the Festival Theatre and Umeh offers a performance that I suspect will be talked about for years to come. Theatre is back and it is at its finest!”
“Maev Beaty, another Festival stalwart, imbues her Gertrude with a mix of maternal love and obliviousness that comes into sharp focus with her final sacrifice…As enthralling as it is bold, this Hamlet is already a highlight of the 2022 season.”
“Abbey, Beaty and Michael Spencer-Davis as Polonius are strong anchors of an acting company featuring a number of exciting talents making their Stratford debuts.”