You will find yourself at the real trial of Hamlet's crime. Along with Saint-Petersburg actors and professional lawyers, swiss director Yan Duyvendak adapted a well-known story to the realities of the Russian judicial system. The audience is to decide Hamlet's doom.
In the residential area of the big city in the midst of the wedding, Hamlet kills Polonius — the father of his beloved Ophelia. The only witness to the crime is the mother of Hamlet, Gertrude. Ophelia sues Hamlet but he swears that her father has died in an accident. The trial begins almost three years later.
The main characters of this trial — Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude — are played by actors. All legal staff are real judges, prosecutors, lawyers and psychiatrists who conduct their practice in St. Petersburg.
Is Hamlet guilty of the murder? The sentence depends on the decision of the jury group which will be randomly chosen among the audience. What influences the choices we make: the speaker’s eloquence, our compassion or the level of education? The project explores the features of the modern judicial system but at the same time it gives the audience the opportunity to show citizenship and check the boundaries of the subjectivity of their own decisions.
Yan Duyvendak and Roger Bernat is a Swiss directorial duet. Their projects question the distinction between private and public space, combining theatrical and everyday reality.
Cie Yan Duyvendak / Dreams Come True
Authors Ян Дейвендак и Роже Барнат Actors Roza Hairullina (Gertrude), Semyon Serzin (Hamlet), Alyona Starostina (Ophelia) Set Design in collaboration with Sylvie Kleiber Graphic Design Marie-Klara Gonzalez; Nicolas Robel B.ü.L.b Grafix Management Marine Magnin International development Judith Martin / Ligne Directe Production and Communication Charlotte Terrapon Stage Management Eric Mutel Production Dreams Come True, Genève
Coproduction Le Phénix scène nationale de Valenciennes; Huis a/d Werf, Utrecht; Théâtre du GRÜ, Genève Residencies Montévidéo, Marseille; Le Carré/Les Colonnes, Scène conventionnée, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles/Blanquefort
Supports Ville de Genève; République et canton de Genève; Pro Helvetia Fondation suisse pour la culture; Migros pour-cent culturel; Loterie Romande; Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM; Mécènes du sud, Marseille; Le Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil — centre dramatique national; CORODIS
How to get there?
The New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre, Fontanka River Embankment, 49А