Janet McTeer

Bernhardt/Hamlet, starring Janet McTeer, begins performances on Broadway

The world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Bernhardt/Hamlet is set for an official opening on September 25, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Roundabout Theatre Company's world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck's new play Bernhardt/Hamlet, directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, begins preview performances at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre tonight. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through to November 18, 2018, with an official opening set for September 25.

Synopsis: "Mark Twain wrote: "There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses. And then there is Sarah Bernhardt." In 1899, the international stage celebrity set out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet. Bernhardt/Hamlet rollicks with high comedy and human drama, set against the lavish Shakespearean production that could make or break Bernhardt's career. Janet McTeer brings the legendary leading lady to life."

The cast of Bernhardt/Hamlet is led by Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe, Tony & Olivier Award winner Janet McTeer (as Sarah Bernhardt), alongside Tony & 3-time Emmy Award nominee Dylan Baker (as Constant Coquelin) and Jason Butler Harner (as Edmond Rostand), with Matthew Saldivar (as Alphonse Mucha), Nick Westrate (as Maurice), Paxton Whitehead (as Louis), Ito Aghayere (as Rosamond), Brittany Bradford (as Lysette), Aaron Costa Ganis (as Raoul), and Triney Sandoval (as Francois).

The creative team has also been announced and features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Bradley King and original music and sound design by Fitz Patton.

Janet McTeer won a Tony award in 1997 for her performance as Nora Helmer in A Doll's House and she earned a further nomination in 2009 for playing the title role in Mary Stuart. She also appeared on Broadway as Veronica in God of Carnage in 2010 and was last seen on the Great White Way as La Marquise de Merteuil in the 2016 revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In the summer of 2016, she also took on the role of Petruchio in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" production of The Taming of the Shrew. On screen, she has earned two Oscar nominations - for "Tumbleweeds" in 2000 and "Albert Nobbs" in 2012. She also earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2009 and a Golden Globe nomination in 2010 for "Into the Storm". Other notable screen credits include her Golden Globe-nominated performance in "The White Queen," as well as Marvel's "Jessica Jones," "Me Before You," "Battle Creek," "Tideland," "Maleficent," "Songcatcher," "Insurgent," "The Woman in Black," "As You Like It," and "Wuthering Heights".

Bernhardt/Hamlet Tickets are available now for performances through to November 18, 2018.

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