April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
Christine Horne © Dahlia Katz
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Christine Horne © Dahlia Katz
Theatre Drama
“A fearless, imaginative reimagining of Hamlet that consistently challenges our perceptions.”  Slotkin Letter

NAC English Theatre Presentation

A Why Not Theatre (Toronto, ON) Production

When he learns his father’s death was no accident, Prince Hamlet sets out to find the truth for himself. Staring down his own mortality, the prince uses theatre and trickery to gain a confession from his uncle, and ultimately becomes a killer himself.

Combining English and American Sign Language, this remixed, reimagined, and bilingual Prince Hamlet features a cross-cultural, gender-bent cast and creates a fully integrated retelling for both hearing and Deaf audiences. Starring Christine Horne as Hamlet (Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance) and Dawn Jani Birley as Horatio (Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress in a Play) – “this is no ordinary Hamlet.” - Toronto Star.

Visionary director Ravi Jain brings forward a Hamlet for our rapidly changing times: a daring, stylish and inclusive take on the world’s most famous play. The national tour of this highly-acclaimed production is not to be missed. 

Please Note: There are no latecomers admitted to the performance.

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission

  • Sexual content
  • Flashing lights
  • Haze
  • Loud noises
Christine Horne © Dahlia Katz
Christine Horne © Bronwen Sharp
Dawn Jani Birley © Bronwen Sharp
Christine Horne, Karen Robinson © Bronwen Sharp
Dawn Jani Birley, Rick Roberts, Christine Horne © Bronwen Sharp
Christine Horne © Bronwen Sharp
© Bronwen Sharp


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  • Adapted from William Shakespeare and Directed by Ravi Jain
  • ASL and Visual Translation Dawn Jani Birley
  • Featuring Christine Horne, Dawn Jani Birley, Miriam Fernandes, Barbara Gordon, Jeff Ho, 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 Andrew Pye
  • Producer / Company Manager Kevin Matthew Wong