Hamlet Opening Night at The Broad Stage

“Never Enough Shakespeare” for Rita Wilson, Cheech Marin, Others at Shakespeare’s Globe Production of Hamlet, Opening Night at The Broad Stage 


Shakespeare’s Globe production of “Hamlet” opened to a stellar crowd on Nov. 15 on The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. 

“We can never get enough Shakespeare” said Rita Wilson, at the after-party in the lobby of the adventurous theater.

Laurie David and Patti Scialfa both agreed. (David, an environmental activist, produced “An Inconvenient Truth;” Scialfa, a recording artist, is married to Bruce Springsteen.)  

Cheech Marin and his wife, Natasha Rubin, marveled at how the production remained true to the Elizabethan version. “What a pleasure to see ‘Hamlet’ as it was performed at the Old Globe,” said Marin, who talked about the bright lights in the theater, the actors playing multiple roles, and the live music incorporated into the play. 

Indeed the Globe’s traveling production, performed outdoors in London and lit brilliantly when indoors, allowed a rare glimpse at what theater must have been like in the 1600s.  Featuring a pared-down cast of eight actors from the London company, the rejuvenated Hamlet surprised theatergoers with its exuberance in scenes of dancing, song and music, highly-charged soliloquies and passionate interactions.  

Michel Benz, the fair-haired, youthful Hamlet, led the versatile troupe and set the tone of the play. Carylss Peter, who played a stunning Ophelia, explained over cocktails at the after-party that in England the troupe works “in the manner of the traveling players — in the middle of the fields or a stately home,” adding, “But it is good here to be able to have more concentration inside a theater.”

Shakepeare’s Globe of London, together with its educational and touring programs, is dedicated to furthering the experience and international understanding of the Elizabethan playwright Shakespeare in performance.

Dale Franzen, The Broad’s director, called the London theater company “amazing,” and Shakespeare’s “power of storytelling – wonderful.”

“That is why I bring (Shakespeare’s Globe) every season,” she said. 


Top photo: The Broad Stage director Dale Franzen; Hamlet’s artistic director/director Dominic Dromgoole; actress/singer Rita Wilson; and recording artist Patti Scialfa after Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet Opening Night at The Broad Stage

Second photo: Dale Franzen, center, with Natasha Rubin and Cheech Marin at Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet Opening Night at The Broad Stage

Third photo: Cast, crew and friends of Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet Opening Night at The Broad Stage, from left: Dickon Tyrrell, technical manager Wills, artistic director/ director Dominic Dromgoole, Matthew Romain, Tom Lawrence, Peter Bray, Michael Benz, Dale Franzen, Carlyss Peer, Miranda Foster and Christopher Saul 

Fourth photo: From left, Dominic Dromgoole, Laurie David and Dale Franzen at Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet Opening Night at The Broad Stage

All photos courtesy of The Broad Stage in Santa Monica



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Hamlet Opening Night at The Broad Stage

Published Nov. 25, 2012 – Catherine de Castelbajac,  Special to Society News LA

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