Bernhardt/Hamlet Opens On Broadway

Janet McTeer as Sarah Bernhardt in Bernhardt/Hamlet (Photo by Joan Marcus)

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 Berhnardt/Hamlet rollicks with high comedy and human drama, set against the lavish Shakespearean production that could make or break Bernhardt’s career.

Bringing the legendary lady to life is Oscar nominee and Golden Globe, Tony and Olivier Award-winner Janet McTeer, who isdescribed as “one of the finest classical actresses of her generation” by The Telegraph.

The Roundabout Theatre Company-commissioned play also stars Dylan Baker as Constant Coquelin and Jason Butler Harner as Edmond Rostand. The cast also includes Matthew Saldivar as Alphonse Mucha; Nick Westrate as Maurice; Tony Carlin as Louis; Ito Aghayere as Rosamond; Brittany Bradford as Lysette; Aaron Costa Ganis as Raoul; and Triney Sandoval as Francois. Tony-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs.

Bernhardt/Hamlet opens officially on Tuesday, Sept. 25. This is a limited engagement through Nov. 11, 2018, at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway at 227 West 42nd Street.

The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (Set Design), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design), Bradley King (Lighting Design) and Fitz Patton (Original Music and Sound Design).

Tickets for Bernhardt/Hamlet are available by calling 212-719-1300, online at, in person at any Roundabout box office. For groups of 10 or more call 212-719-9393, ext. 365, or email

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.

Roundabout kicks off its 2018-19 Broadway season with Bernhardt/Hamlet; True West by Sam Shepard, directed by James Macdonald, starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano; Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis, starring Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase; and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts, directed by Gregory Mosher.

Off-Broadway in 2018-2019, Roundabout’s season includes Apologia by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Daniel Aukin, with Stockard Channing; Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Noah Brody in a Fiasco Theater production; Toni Stone by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Pam MacKinnon, with Uzo Aduba; and Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; and Something Clean by Selina Fillinger, directed by Margot Bordelon at Roundabout Underground.

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