Bernhardt/Hamlet

By Theresa Rebeck, Directed by Donna Feore

September 14 - October 20, 2019 in the Albert Theatre

“It is delightful to undress a man, and find a woman inside.” –Edmond; Act I, Scene II 

High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy “so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts” (The New York Times). When legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt set out to tackle Hamlet in 1899, it was considered “creative sedition that caused critics and patriarchs to splutter with righteous indignation” (Chicago Tribune). This behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt’s most ambitious role yet is laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip in the make-or-break moments before opening night.

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Press Releases

August 27, 2019: “Bernhardt/Hamlet” Begins September 14
July 17, 2019: Casting Announced for Season Openers Dana H. and Bernhardt/Hamlet

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Bernhardt Hamlet

  • Theresa Rebeck, Playwright
    Theresa Rebeck, Playwright

    Theresa Rebeck’s (Playwright) many plays have been widely produced on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally. This fall, her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered on Broadway and her play Downstairs opened at Primary Stages starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include Seared, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout Theatre Company), View of the Dome (New York Theatre Workshop), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize Finalist). As a director, her work has been seen at The Alley Theater of Houston, Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater. She recently wrote and directed the independent feature Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse. In television, she is best known for her work on NYPD Blue and for creating the NBC series Smash. As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I'm Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more.

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  • Donna Feore, Director
    Donna Feore, Director

    Donna Feore (Director) is one of Canada’s most versatile and in-demand creative talents, highly praised for her work as a Director and Choreographer at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. Productions include Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show (the longest-running show in Stratford history), Guys and Dolls, and a revolutionary new production of A Chorus Line permitting original choreography for the first time ever. She was the Creative Producer and Director for Life Reflected at the National Arts Centre, Director of the stage adaptation of The Hockey Sweater and has directed numerous operas and international productions. Other directing credits include Tom Stoppard’s Rock & Roll and It’s a Wonderful Life at Canadian Stage, and Lecture on the Weather by John Cage and A Soldier’s Tale with F. Murray Abraham for the Detroit Symphony. Selected film and television work includes Mean Girls and Eloise.

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    Director Donna Feore in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    Terri McMahon (Sarah Bernhardt) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    BernhardtHamletReh_03

    Luigi Sottile (Maurice Bernhardt) and John Tufts (Edmond Rostand) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    BernhardtHamletReh_04

    Larry Yando (Constant Coquelinan) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    BernhardtHamletReh_05

    William Dick (Louis) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    Travis Turner (Francois) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    BernhardtHamletReh_07

    Park Krausen (Ensemble) and Nate Cheeseman (Raoul) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    BernhardtHamletReh_08

    Thomas J. Cox (Ensemble) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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    BernhardtHamletReh_09

    William Dick (Louis), Park Krausen (Ensemble) and John Tufts (Edmond Rostand) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt   

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    Terri McMahon (Sarah Bernhardt) in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Donna Feore at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt    

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    BernhardtHamletReh_11

    Director Donna Feore in rehearsal for the Chicago premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck at Goodman Theatre (September 14 – October 20) GoodmanTheatre.org/Bernhardt

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