ON STAGE · THEATER
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Lepage
Created in collaboration with Ex Machina
A leader is doomed by the pitfalls of politics and his contempt for the common people in this timely, urgent and visually stunning production of a Shakespeare classic.
★★★★ (out of 4)
“Riveting, invigorating and smart.” —Globe and Mail, Toronto
“Thrilling stagecraft … Representing the uninformed mob as anonymous voices on social media, Mr. Lepage helps clarify Shakespeare’s portrait of a world, like ours, overwhelmed with insincerity.” —The New York Times
“Dazzlingly precise … surely the greatest contemporary staging of this play that I have ever seen.” —Chicago Tribune
A great warrior-turned-politician is despised by his people—and the feeling is mutual. This entrancing modern adaptation by North America’s preeminent Shakespeare company explores the age-old tensions that still tear at the heart of democracy. Director Robert Lepage’s signature high-tech, cinematic storytelling frames superb acting by a veteran Stratford cast, led by André Sills in the title role. A mesmerizing critique of leadership and our media-obsessed present, this landmark production will whet the appetites of old and new theater-goers alike.
A Springboard for Learning
Throughout 2018-19, the Hop will build on the Stratford Festival residency with rich programming for both the campus and community at large including HD videos of Shakespearean dramas; workshops on classical acting and multi-media production design; and public discussions on the political themes running throughout the Bard’s works.
This partnership between the Hop and North America’s preeminent Shakespeare company deepens the commitment by the Hop and Dartmouth’s Department of Theater to using theater as a means to investigate the great topics of our time and work with artists at the top of their crafts.
Banner Image Credits: (L-R) Members of the company in Coriolanus; and Tom Rooney (foreground) as Sicinius Velutus and Stephen Ouimette as Junius Brutus with members of the company in Coriolanus. Photos by David Hou.
Photos by David Hou