“It is delightful to undress a man, and find a woman inside." Folger Shakespeare Library. Janet McTeer stars as Sarah Bernhardt, then in her mid-50s and aging out of the dying courtesan roles that made her world-famous.
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- Edmond, Act I, Scene ii. For the famous graveyard scene, she used a skull given to her by the novelist Victor Hugo. Ink drawing by Reginald Cleaver. Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet. David R. via Facebook This postcard shows a photomechanical print of Bernhardt in the graveyard scene, giving the celebrated ‘Alas, poor Yorick’ speech. High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy “so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts” (The New York Times).In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt’s decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Awesome show! Sarah Bernhardt (1844 – 1923) as Hamlet.
In her book Rosemary for Stratford, Ursula Bloom tells what happened when Sarah Bernhardt visited Shakespeare’s tomb without any prior warning.
The world-famous actor Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923) cross-dressed to play the role of Hamlet in 1899. Later, she became the first actress to play Hamlet on film. London, circa 1890.
“Bernhardt/Hamlet” deserves to be seen twice and revived often. Fabulous show! Sarah Bernhardt was a towering figure in world theater. She also was one of the first actresses to make sound recordings and to act in films. This was an incredible performance! The French stage actress performed in classic plays of the time, made theatrical tours around the world, including across the U.S., and owned her own theater in Paris. Tom G. via Facebook. 17 Top-Grossing Broadway Musicals of All Time, From 'Hamilton' to 'The Lion King' (Photos) 17. I want to go back! Institution: U.S. Library of Congress
He is not mad, but maddened”. Terri McMahon is brilliant as Sarah Bernhardt!
Her Hamlet is a man in constant frenzy, possessed with the one thought of avenging his father’s death. Sara O. via Facebook. ART Box C623.5 no.1 (size S) The real-life Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) performed as Hamlet in 1899. As far as Shakespeare is concerned, she … Read more about Bernhardt’s performance, and the attendant publicity, at the Shakespeare Blog, and learn about a new play based on Bernhardt’s Hamlet called “The Divine Sarah” at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare & Beyond. Polly C. via Facebook. Bernhardt/Hamlet is a must-see!
Great acting, story, costumes and set, funny and quite relevant today! The playwright Theresa Rebeck has two plays opening in New York this fall: “Bernhardt/Hamlet” and “Downstairs.” ... Sarah Bernhardt — who had those 1,700 seats to fill on a …
Mark Twain wrote: “There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses – and then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” In 1899, the international stage celebrity set out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet.