Halifax theatregoers are being invited to pull up a chair for a unique version of a Shakespeare classic.
Nearly four years in the making, Below the Salt’s Hamlet, presented by Neptune Theatre, is billed as an immersive production of Hamlet set in an Edwardian dining room. The production is to run Jan. 9 to 20 on Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage.
The show is being created by some of the region’s best-known theatre artists, including Two Planks and a Passion artistic director Ken Schwartz, and stars veteran Nova Scotia theatre actor Jackie Torrens in the title role.
The production aims to reveal the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s most famous play while engaging its audience around a sumptuous dining table, posing questions about how to deal with the rise of a demagogue.
“When Ken Schwartz and I began this project in 2015, it was impossible to know how the cultural and political landscape would shift so quickly,” said Torrens in a news release.
“Little did we know then that, only a short while later, our production’s central question would resonate with such immediacy. … Hamlet’s predicament is every citizen’s, and it challenges the artist and audience members alike to consider their own choices.”
Hamlet has a company of creative artists from across Canada, many of whom will be familiar to Atlantic Canadian audiences. The production features multiple Merritt Award winner Burgandy Code as Claudius, Matthew Lumley as Polonius, Genevieve Steele as Gertrude and Micha Cromwell as Horatio. Sarah English, who recently played Viola in Neptune Theatre’s production of Shakespeare in Love, plays Laertes.
The creative team includes costume designer Jennifer Goodman, lighting designer Susann Hudson, properties designer Bob Chiasson and stage manager Christine Oakey. Emily Jewer and Virginia Iredale join the production as an assistant director and apprentice stage manager, respectively.
“Neptune Theatre has played a vital role in making this project possible” said director Schwartz in the release.
“It’s yet another example of how Neptune has reaffirmed its commitment to Nova Scotia’s artistic community and is committing resources to the development of unique work. The artists that comprise Below the Salt are most grateful to the company for its participation.”
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