Hamlet 6:30 p.m. 3 hrs. 30 min. (with intermission)
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the original 2015 broadcast was experienced by over half a million people worldwide.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
As with all Library events, admission is free. Seating in the theater may be limited. Doors will open 45 minutes before show time. These programs are sponsored by the McMillan Memorial Library Endowment Fund. Donations to the Endowment are always welcome. Note the earlier start time (6:30 p.m.) due to the length of the presentation.
About National Theatre Live: This is a broadcast of a live National Theatre production. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, where cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that later audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. McMillan Library is one of many world-wide sites (but only three public libraries) that show these recordings.
For educators: This play is supported by comprehensive resources created by teachers for teachers, though school-based streaming is only available in the UK. Lesson plans and supporting videos - Behind the scenes at the National Theatre - More about the cast and play.
Shakespeare in Wisconsin - The University of Wisconsin is exhibiting the First Folio (Nov. 3 - Dec. 11, 2016) and has an extensive series of supporting Shakespeare-related programs.