New York’s groundbreaking theatre company The Wooster Group re-imagines Shakespeare’s classic tragedy for the 21st century.
In 1964 Richard Burton performed on Broadway in John Gielgud’s acclaimed production of Hamlet. Recorded in live performance from 17 camera angles, the resulting film was shown for only two days in 2,000 cinemas across the United States. The idea of bringing a live theatre experience to thousands of viewers in different cities was trumpeted as a new form called ‘Theatrofilm’, made possible through ‘the miracle of Electronovision’.
By remixing footage of the 1964 production, this production attempts to reverse the process, reconstructing a hypothetical theatre piece for a live audience. In doing so it channels the ghost of that legendary performance, by intentionally replacing its own spirit with the spirit of another.
‘saucy assault upon Shakespeare and theatre history.’
'an extremely accomplished attempt to present a great play in a new light'- 4 Stars Fest
By William Shakespeare
Elizabeth LeCompte Director
Ruud van den Akker Set
Jennifer Tipton Lighting
Matt Schloss, Omar Zubair and Bobby McElver Sound
Andrew Schneider and Aron Deyo Video