New York | In Previews: Opens Sep 25

Bernhardt/Hamlet (Broadway)

123 Members say: Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Disappointing
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2h 20m | In Previews: Opens Sep 25 | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Theresa Rebeck’s new play rollicks with high comedy and human drama, set against the lavish Shakespearean production that could make or break Sarah Bernhardt’s career. Starring Tony winner Janet McTeer. More…

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.


“Bernhardt/Hamlet (Broadway)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

100
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if You have an interest in the creative process of a show albeit early 20th cent & Sarah Bernhardt. See it for master actors!

Don't see it if If you are bored with Shakespeare, backstage issues or Sarah Bernhardt.

98
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Dizzying, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You have a passion for the theater; enjoy wit and wordplay; want to see one of the great performances of the last five seasons.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary plays or theater you can back at and just let it wash over you.

Also I ca’t think of a more different task than to bring to life a characte... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Great writing

See it if If you want to see an intelligent, multilayered, play with great writing and a stunning performance by the lead actor.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

97
During previews
Famous actress' plea for equality

See it if you want to see Janet McTeer sparkle as Sarah Bernhardt, a brilliant and ambitious late 19th century actress. Fine cast, wonderful sets.

Don't see it if You don't know or care about Hamlet, French playwright Edmond Rostand, theatrical history or arts, or prefer not to think at the theater.

Also I saw this on the 4th night of previews and there were still a very fe... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Brilliantly written. Janet McTeer is a force of nature as Sara Bernhard. The cast is amazing.

Don't see it if Shakespeare purists might take offense to the idea of a woman playing Hamlet, even (especially?) if was the most famous actress of her day.

92
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intelligent, literate plays that are thought-provoking yet funny, and examine important issues but don't beat you over the head

Don't see it if You're in the mood for fluffy entertainment, you hate Shakespeare

91
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like witty and relevant time period comedies about the sexes and feminism. Janet McTeer is fantastic per usual; fantastic cast overall

Don't see it if you don't like or care about Sarah Bernhardt, plays that have self-aware jokes about the theatre or need a lot of action to keep you engaged

90
During previews
Funny, Mcteer is brilliant! best cast since three tall women!

See it if Wonderful acting; thoughtful but very, very funny

Don't see it if you dislike powerful women

90
During previews
Must-see / entertaining, Nice staging / great costumes, Excellent totally-committed performances, Long-winded yet riveting / melodramatic yet funny, Intelligent / historical (fact-based) / era-appropriate stylized-dialogue

See it if you worship @ the McTeer altar & want to learn a bit about Bernhardt. A LOT goes on, VERY fast-talking, getting it all in @ almost 2&1/2hrs.

Don't see it if you're not into backstage behind-the-scenes ins & outs or Shakespeare on any level. Beautiful richly stylized dialogue, albeit long-winded.

Also Les Miz freaking turn-table alert...... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you agree Janet McTeer is the British Meryl Streep. Flawless. Terrific Theresa Rebeck look inside the backstage life of the Divine Sarah.

Don't see it if if British accents, Diva worship, and the cult of theatre are not your church of worship, this is probably not for you.

Also After seeing some super dumbed down shows last season, THIS was SO ref... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You love Shakespeare, highly charismatic actors, and contemplating what makes Shakespeare the great playwright that he is.

Don't see it if You want something flashy with music/singing/dancing and don't know anything about Shakespeare.

90
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You don't want to miss another legendary performance by Janet McTeer. Her work here rivals what she did in "A Doll's House". Yes, that good.

Don't see it if You have no interest in theatrical history, Shakespeare, gender dynamics, beautiful sets or a powerful new play.

Also What a major surprise this play turned out to be. I've typically enjoy... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Brilliant, Thought-provoking, An entertaining slice of possibility, Humor & bite, Exam of creative souls

See it if like Janet McTeer, Theresa Rebeck, Hamlet, period pieces, Sarah Bernhardt, Roundabout, what if, examination of artistic temperament

Don't see it if don't like what if, Janet McTeer, plays that use Shakespeare as their basis, belle epoque, the tall, listening carefully, laughter, joy

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy smart plays about eccentric people, you want to see something engaging and witty and pointed.

Don't see it if If a more heightened period language is not your thing, if you don't want to see a strong female protagonist.

Also I absolutely loved this show. I was on my feet as soon as the cast cam... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see an unbelievable performance from Janet McTeer. She's so captivating and compelling. Beautiful sets!

Don't see it if you don't like plays that touch on history. You want a more contemporary show.

90
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you like theater. If you love to learn a little history. If you enjoy the contemplation of an actor when preparing a role.

Don't see it if you don't like fast heightened language. If you don't know anything at all about Shakespeare and about Sarah Bernhardt. I

Also I'd say this one is defiantly more enjoyable if you are familiar with ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like funny, fun shows that pose intelligent questions about theater.

Don't see it if you take Shakespeare too seriously.

89
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Well acted, well produced and very well written historical fiction. Staging kept the story line moving. Janet McTeer was outstanding

Don't see it if you don’t like historical fiction.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy laughing, Shakespeare, good acting (esp McTeer) and a clever story.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 2-hour play, have a hard time understanding British accents, and hate Shakespeare.

88
During previews
Great contemporary actress plays a historical forerunner

See it if Command performance by McTeer as the domineering Bernhardt. Great supporting cast. Tasty Rebeck plot unfolds on Boritt's astounding set.

Don't see it if There is some Shakespeare text, but most of the play is about Bernhardt and the French theater. Dylan Baker is wonderful.

Also Jason Butler Harner and Paxton Whtehead are terrific. I love Nick West... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you love anything Hamlet or the Bard related. You enjoy watching plays about theater and acting. You enjoy straight plays.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy Shakespeare-related storytelling. If you prefer musicals.

87
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You want to see an actor at the pinnacle of her craft. McTeer was marvelous! You want to see an artistic interpretation of Bernhardt.

Don't see it if You want a 'light' night at the theater - this isn't it. You have no knowledge of Hamlet - you HAVE to know your Hamlet to appreciate this.

Also The evening is worth every minute to see McTeer act [and she is made f... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a slice of old history well acted

Don't see it if the sound being off at times will bother you, still I'd go

85
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy historical fare, based on a famous woman, who defied the conventions of her era. You enjoy sharp writing, said by a smart woman.

Don't see it if You dislike plays set in the past, with Shakespearean refs. You don't appreciate shows that champion very strong women. You want fluff.

Also Though I'm a long-time, avid feminist, I found the audience clapping a... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great actress play a legendary actress tackling a great role , while balancing her love life and career

Don't see it if You have no interest in the history and dramaturgy of the theater . ..or want a light comedy


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Regular prices are $49-$139. Discount prices are $99 select orchestra and mezzanine and $69 select mezzanine. Discount tickets valid for performances through 09/30/18. Must order by 09/30/18. Additional blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2 facility fee. Limit of 8 tickets per order. Normal service charges apply to phone and Internet orders. Offer subject to availability and is not applicable toward previous purchases. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. All sales are final - no refunds.

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Regular prices $49-$139. Discount prices are $79 select orchestra and mezzanine and $39 select rear mezzanine. Discount tickets valid for performances through 09/30/18. Must order by 09/30/18. Additional blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2 facility fee. Limit of 8 tickets per order. Normal service charges apply to phone and Internet orders. Offer subject to availability and is not applicable toward previous purchases Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. All sales are final – no refunds.

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Regular prices are $49-$139. Discount prices are $99 select orchestra and mezzanine and $69 select mezzanine.  Additional blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2 facility fee. Limit of 8 tickets per order. Normal service charges apply to phone and Internet orders. Offer subject to availability and is not applicable toward previous purchases. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. All sales are final - no refunds.

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