Why Not Theatre (Canada)

Prince Hamlet

January 23–27, 2019

Performances
PHOTO: BRONWEN SHARP

PRESENTED WITH UBC THEATRE AND FILM

Shakespeare’s classic gets the update it needs in Ravi Jain’s wildly inventive, radically inclusive production. The Prince of Denmark is mourning the death of his father and lamenting the remarriage of his mother, Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius. Then a ghost appears and sets in motion a series of events that will culminate in tragedy…

Few works of literature have as much to say about what it means to be human as Hamlet. Jain and Why Not Theatre take a play with wide implications and widen them further, drawing more of humanity into the fold and challenging historical ownership of the story. Prince Hamlet breaks through the old restrictions on gender, race and ability, allowing Shakespeare’s work to be told, seen and heard in bold new ways. The production is bilingual, with integrated English and American Sign Language, making it uniquely accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences. Produced in defiance of traditional norms, this is a show that asks who gets to own the dominant narratives in our culture and answers, triumphantly: everyone.

PHOTO: BRONWEN SHARP

Venue

6354 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia

When

January 23–27
POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 24
165 minutes, with intermission

7:30PM
(Jan 23–26)

1:30PM
(Jan 26–27)

Tickets

Single tickets $39
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RELAXED PERFORMANCE ON JAN 27 More Info

ALL PERFORMANCES CONTAIN ASL INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT More Info

Credits

WRITER William Shakespeare DIRECTOR Ravi Jain ADAPTED BY Ravi Jain PERFORMERS Dawn Jani Birley, Miriam Fernandes, Barbara Gordon, Jeff Ho, Christine Horne, Hannah Miller, Rick Roberts, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER Lorenzo Savoini LIGHTING DESIGNER André du Toit SOUND DESIGNER Thomas Ryder Payne STAGE MANAGER Neha Ross ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Tamara Protic PRODUCTION MANAGER, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Andrew Pye COMPANY MANAGER Kevin Matthew Wong SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, TD Bank Group

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