Be Here Now: For His 447th Birthday, Shakespeare Gets Cake and a Surprising “Hamlet,” 4/23/11
If The Bard from Stratford-on-Avon were around today, he would be in for the surprise of his life. In his day, all the roles in his plays were played by men. The younger and fairer of the gentlemen usually took on the women’s parts, but how things have changed.
As Shakespeare & Company celebrates the 447th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, the celebration will include a gender neutral Hamlet in which Katharine Abbruzzese takes on the role of the Danish Prince who must avenge his fathers death. Not having been open to review, that leaves it up to the reader to decide how it works as theater. Those who journey to Shakespeare & Company will be able to see this novel performance as part of the April 23 celebration. The company has always quietly embraced non-traditional casting, and audiences love the performances which focus on the strength of the acting.