Sep 20—Oct 07, 2018
“Haunting, funny, and complex. Brilliantly performed and staged.”
Shakespeare’s only son takes center stage.
William Shakespeare had one son: Hamnet. The young boy never knew his famous father, but in this riveting tour-de-force from Ireland, Shakespeare’s only son finally takes center stage. How do our dreams impact our families? Do adults really have it all figured out? Or are we blind to what we could have done better until it’s too late? In Hamnet, a commanding performance from a young actor confronts what it means—and what it costs—to be great. In this moving, meticulous, multimedia wonder, ambition clashes with family responsibilities in a way that rivals the stakes of a great Shakespearean tragedy.
This U.S. Premiere of Hamnet will be Boston’s only chance to see Ollie West perform as the 11 year old lead character—a role literally written for him. West performs SEP 20 – SEP 30, after which we’ll welcome the talented Aran Murphy to take over the role for the final four performances OCT 3 – 7.
The Irish Times Theatre Awards – 5 Nominations for Hamnet!
Best Production, Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Set Design
Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Sep 20, 2018 - Oct 07, 2018
Parental Advisory: One scene in this production contains some nudity of a non-sexual nature.