NAC English Theatre Presents Prince Hamlet Adapted from William Shakespeare and Directed by Ravi Jain - February 27 - March 9 Azrieli Studio

NAC English Theatre Presentation
Prince Hamlet
Adapted from William Shakespeare and Directed by Ravi Jain
A Why Not Theatre (Toronto) Production
February 27 – March 9, 2019

February 14, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) “A fearless, imaginative reimagining of Hamlet that consistently challenges our perceptions.”The Slotkin Letter

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.

“I admit, I’m a Hamlet fan, but I’m picky. I believe this jewel of a production is a singular addition to the Hamlet crown.”– Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director.

Featuring Christine Horne, Dawn Jani Birley, Miriam Fernandes, Barbara Gordon, Jeff Ho, Hannah Miller, Rick Roberts, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah and Karen Robinson.

The creative team include Director Ravi Jain; ASL and Visual Translator Dawn Jani Birley; 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.

Prince Hamlet
February 27 – March 9, 2019
Azrieli Studio

Wednesday, February 27
Thursday, February 28

Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of Prince Hamlet.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.
Saturday at 2 pm.

No performance Sunday or Monday.

$35 (preview) $48

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the NAC’s website:
  • In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street
  • At all Ticketmaster outlets**
  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
    **A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

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Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer, English Theatre
Agent de communication, Théâtre anglais
613 947-7000 x389
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