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An Exclusive First Look at Janet McTeer in Broadway's Bernhardt/Hamlet

The Tony Award winner will play Sarah Bernhardt in one of the season’s most anticipated shows.
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Beginning August 31, Janet McTeer—the Oscar nominee and Golden Globe, Tony, and Olivier Award winner—will return to the Broadway stage in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of Bernhardt/Hamlet, a new comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck. And here, Town & Country has the exclusive first look at McTeer in character.


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The play is set in 1899 and follows Bernhardt, the most famous actress of her generation, as she sets out to play Hamlet—a role the French-born star actually did take on, despite the fact that at the time dressing as a man could have ruined her.

Exploring the relationship between Bernhardt and one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters was irresistible for Rebeck. “Hamlet is a brooding genius; Sarah Bernhardt an adventurer who asked permission from no one,” she says. “In the part of Bernhardt playing Hamlet, Janet McTeer, arguably the greatest stage actress of our time, attacks the mysterious questions of power, gender, and identity which provoke us now more than ever.”

McTeer, last seen on Broadway in 2017 in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, agrees. “Sarah Bernhardt, one of the greatest most vibrant actresses who ever lived, playing Hamlet, possibly the greatest part ever written in a spectacular new play?” she says to T&C. “Nervous? Moi?”

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Bernhardt/Hamlet begins previews August 31 at the American Airlines Theatre.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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