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Janet McTeer in Bernhardt/Hamlet. Photo by Joan Marcus.

First Look: Bernhardt/Hamlet

Mark Twain wrote: “There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses. And then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” In 1899, the international stage celebrity set out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet. Theresa Rebeck’s new play rollicks with high comedy and human drama, set against the lavish Shakespearean production that could make or break Bernhardt’s career. Janet McTeer, “one of the finest classical actresses of her generation” (The Telegraph), brings the legendary leading lady to life.


Dylan Baker and Janet McTeer in <i>Bernhardt/Hamlet</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Dylan Baker and Janet McTeer in Bernhardt/Hamlet. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Dylan Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Paxton Whitehead, Janet McTeer and Matthew Saldivar in <i>Bernhardt/Hamlet</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Dylan Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Paxton Whitehead, Janet McTeer and Matthew Saldivar in Bernhardt/Hamlet. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Jason Butler Harner and Janet McTeer in <i>Bernhardt/Hamlet</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Jason Butler Harner and Janet McTeer in Bernhardt/Hamlet. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Janet McTeer and Brittany Bradford in <i>Bernhardt/Hamlet</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Janet McTeer and Brittany Bradford in Bernhardt/Hamlet. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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