Hamlet

“The rest is silence…”

Shakespeare in Action- 2015 at a glance!

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday season. The Shakespeare in Action team is officially back to work today, and we cannot wait to get started on all of the exciting projects we have lined up for the first half of 2015! Here is a sneak peak at what’s coming up!

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TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

Winter Session- Saturdays, January 31 – March 7, 2015

  • free readers’ theatre program for kids ages 7-12!
  • Explore plays such as The Comedy of ErrorsMacbeth, A Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo & JulietThe Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
  • Read aloud and play drama games and meet other Shakespeare fans!
  • Led by professional actors and educators.
  • Visit  the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club page for locations and details!

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The Shakespeare Challenge

March 25, 2015 at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

Purchase a ticket for the Shakespeare Challenge Gala Fundraiser and join us for:

  • An abridged version of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errorsperformed by a cast of courageous community members! (We have opened new spots in the cast, and the deadline to register is January 9th! Find out how to register here.)
  • Food, drink, and live music following the show!
  • A live and silent auction of fabulous items and packages!
  • The chance to give youth in priority neighborhoods across Toronto access to the arts through our subsidized ticket program!

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On the Mainstage: Hamlet

April 13-24, 2015

Our most recent production of Hamlet returns to the mainstage this Spring! This dreamlike production incorporates mask puppets and shadow play to create a visually rich and engaging show while staying true to Shakespeare’s text. Teen audiences will fall in love with our dark and brooding Hamlet as he perseveres to find the truth. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit our Hamlet page for prices and booking info!

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On Tour: Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop

May 4- May 15, 2015

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism and both deal with what it is to be human.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end. Visit our Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop page for booking info!

If you have any questions regarding our upcoming shows and events, please feel free to send us an e-mail, or call us at (416) 703-4881!

Photo Friday- Jude Law as Hamlet

Those of you who have been following our blog, website, Twitter feed, and/or Facebook page are probably aware that Hamlet is being performed next week here at Shakespeare in Action from December 2-6th. If you didn’t know about our production of Hamlet and/or you’re interested in attending, I highly recommend you read the section on the Shakespeare in Action website on our Hamlet production.

The last time I found a photo of a Shakespeare actor and posted it as the blog’s photo friday, the picture was of Edwin Booth, a Victorian era actor who toured as a leading Shakespeare actor. This time I found a contemporary leading actor, portraying the role of Hamlet.

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Around 2011, Jude Law starred as Hamlet in a Broadway production of Hamlet. It got mixed reviews, but it continued the tradition of A-list Hollywood actors giving theatrical productions renown and a great deal of media attention. Edwin Booth and Jude Law bring identical levels of attention to Shakespeare’s work in a way that’s reflective of their time, which is why I have picture of both of them on the blog. Take a look at the two Hamlet leading actors. Do you see any similarities or differences (besides the time period/setting difference)? Which one fits how you picture the ‘look’ of Hamlet’s lead actor?

If you haven’t seen the Edwin Booth as Hamlet themed photo Friday and you want to compare the two actors here’s the link to that particular blog post, with the photo included: (https://shakespeareinaction.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/photo-friday-hamlet-history/)

Throwback Thursday- Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet

Our production of Hamlet opens next week! As a sort of Throwback Thursday, I’m posting a clip from the movie adaptation of Hamlet from 2000. What do you think of Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of Hamlet?

To celebrate Shakespeare in Action’s 25th Anniversary, we are putting on a special gala performance on December 7 for our friends and alumni! To receive an invitation to this event, you have to make a minimum donation of $25 here. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Wordy Wednesday- “The apparel oft proclaims the man”

“The apparel oft proclaims the man”

This phrase is spoken in Hamlet by Polonius addressing his son, Laertes, in a long-winded series of unrelated advice.

Although you may not recognize this exact iteration of the phrase as one we use in today’s language, it seems like a precursor to the modern idiom, “The clothes make the man”.

For Laertes, this probably would have looked less like this:

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And more like this:

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Don’t forget to check out Shakespeare in Action’s production of Hamlet, opening Dec 2nd!

Photo Friday- Hamlet and His Advisors

As you may be aware, Shakespeare in Action turns 25 this year (we’re all grown up!), so you’ll forgive us if we’ve been caught up in nostalgia lately. Photo Friday lends the perfect opportunity to take a look back, quite literally, at our long and storied history. And since the first show of our 25th anniversary season is Hamlet, let’s take a peek at this priceless relic from the early days of Shakespeare in Action.

In this scene, advisors to Hamlet (i.e. students from a local secondary school) gather around to give the prince some much-needed counsel.

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(Bonus points if you can deduce based on hairstyle alone in which decade of our illustrious history this photo was taken!)

6 Questions With the Cast of Hamlet! -Kaleb Alexander Edition

Here is the last segment of our 6 Questions Series! Today, we interview Kaleb Alexander, our very own Hamlet!
Be sure to check out our Hamlet page to learn about this fabulous new production!