Bernhardt/Hamlet on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Bernhardt/Hamlet Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • Bernhardt/Hamlet is 2 hours 20 mins long, including an intermission of None
  • Previews Began: August 31, 2018
  • Show Opened : September 25, 2018
  • Show Closed: November 18, 2018

Bernhardt/Hamlet tells the true story of Sarah Bernhardt, one of history's greatest actresses made famous at the end of the Nineteenth century. She takes on one of theater's greatest roles, Hamlet in 1899. This one role could make or break Bernhardt's career and define her legacy for generations to come. She must consider this risk and how audiences will respond to her as a male lead.

Bernhardt/Hamlet on Broadway Background

Bernhardt/Hamlet is the latest work by Pulitzer finalist Theresa Rebeck (Dead Account, Mauritius). Headlining this production is Tony winner Janet McTee (A Doll's House, Tumbleweeds) as Sarah Bernhardt. The show also stars Jason Butler Harner (The Crucible) as Edmond Rostand, Tony nominee Dylan Baker (The Front Page) as Constant Coquelin and Tony nominee Paxton Whitehead (The Importance of Being Earnest) as Louis.

The play features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Bradley King, and sound design by Fitz Patton. This production is directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God, Present Laughter, Cry-Baby).

This new show runs for less than eight weeks as a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre. This play was commissioned by the Roundabout Theatre Company as part of their New Play Initiative.

What's Bernhardt/Hamlet Like?

Sarah Bernhardt was a legendary French stage actress at the turn of the twentieth century. In the 1880s Bernhardt became an international icon when she established her own touring company and her fame subsequently spread across Europe and North America. In the play we see Bernhardt decide to take on one of her most challenging roles to date, Hamlet. As she prepares to play one of Shakespeare's infamous leading men, she consults her friend and lover playwright Edmond Rostand. Historical figures such as French actor Constant Coquelin, French poet Rosemonde Gréard and painter Alfonse Mucha also influence Bernhardt’s performance. This exciting new play is a comedy with plenty of drama and romance. The audience leaves questioning the relationship of women and power, the legacies of theatre's most famous figures and the importance of Shakespeare in modern society.

Is Bernhardt/Hamlet Good for Kids?

Good for children 13 and up

Theatre Information

Todd Haimes Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 740
Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
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Cast Members

Sarah Bernhardt
Janet McTeer
Ito Aghayere
Constant Coquelin
Dylan Baker
Brittany Bradford
Edmond Rostand
Jason Butler Harner
Aaron Costa Ganis
Alphonse Mucha
Matthew Saldivar
Triney Sandoval
Nick Westrate
Paxton Whitehead


Roundabout Theatre Company

Production Credits

Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Beowulf Boritt
Toni-Leslie James
Bradley King
Theresa Rebeck
Sound & Original Music
Fitz Patton
Production Stage Manager
James Fitzsimmons

Creative Team

General Manager
Denise Cooper at Roundabout Theatre Company
Company Manager
Lee Poulin at Roundabout Theatre Company
Casting Director
Jim Carnahan at Roundabout Theatre Company
Press Agent
Polk & Co