Free Folger Friday: Bernhardt/Hamlet

Written and Directed by Theresa Rebeck

Friday, January 19, 2018, 5:00 pm
Folger Theatre
Free, reservations requested

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“There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses – and then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” – Mark Twain

Join us for a staged reading of Bernhardt/Hamlet, a new play written and directed by Theresa Rebeck and featuring Holly Twyford as Sarah Bernhardt. The staged reading is free, though reservations are requested.

As one of the most famous actresses of the 19th century, Sarah Bernhardt was praised by the likes of Victor Hugo and Mark Twain for her incredible performances and legendary “golden voice.” Rebeck’s new play follows Bernhardt and her company as she navigates her international reputation and Shakespeare’s words in preparation for one of the greatest roles of all time: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

This reading is presented as a part of International Women’s Voices Day and the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Learn more about International Women’s Voices Day and the festival here.

Following the staged reading, join us for the evening’s performance of The Way of the World. For tickets and more information about our various discount programs, visit the Box Office webpage or call the Box Office at 202.544.7077.


Who's Who

Constant Coquelin
Rosamund Rostand
Alfonse Mucha
Francois and Louis
Edmond Rostand
Sarah Bernhardt
Maurice Bernhardt
Playwright and Director

Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet.

Sarah Bernhardt as Cleopatra.

Sarah Bernhardt as Lady Macbeth.

Sarah Bernhardt as L'Aiglon in the play of the same name by Edmond Rostand.

These images of Sarah Bernhardt and more are available in the Folger Digital Image Collection, Luna.