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Bernhardt/Hamlet at Melbourne Theatre Company
Bernhardt/Hamlet at Melbourne Theatre Company
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Bernhardt/Hamlet at Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne, VIC
A witty celebration of the art of the stage and an imaginative exploration of a pivotal moment in theatre history.
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About Bernhardt/Hamlet at Melbourne Theatre Company

By Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks

For her first show as Melbourne Theatre Company Artistic Director, Anne-Louise Sarks brings together two prolific women of theatre – dual-Helpmann Award-winner Kate Mulvany as celebrated French stage actor Sarah Bernhardt. A brilliant comedy about a woman ahead of her time, Bernhardt/Hamlet offers a timeless exploration of gender and equality.

Paris, 1899: renowned stage idol Sarah Bernhardt has grown out of the ingénue roles that made her famous. She needs a new challenge, and has set her sights on the only role worthy of the greatest actress of the century – Hamlet. It’s a role that could make or break her and it’s outrageous, of course. A woman? Playing the Prince of Denmark! But that’s of no concern for Sarah. She’s more interested in Shakespeare’s poetry – it has to go, and the only man for the job is playwright Edmond Rostand, whom Sarah tasks with rewriting Hamlet.

Feisty and funny, Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet is a play about theatre – making it, loving it and watching it. But above all, it is a witty celebration of the art of the stage and an imaginative exploration of a pivotal moment in theatre history.

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"Breakneck backstage comedy" - The New York Times

"Damn good, expressive and provocative writing" - Broadway World

Writer: Theresa Rebeck

Director: Anne-Louise Sark

Cast: Kate Mulvany, Marco Chiappi, Tahlee Fereday, John Leary, William McKenna, Charles Wu, Dushan Philips, Sahil Saluja

Start date

March 4th, 2023

End date

April 15th, 2023

Genre

Theatre, Plays

Venue

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

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