New Art Theatre, under the direction of Bob Shea, whom we know as artistic director of The Barnstormers, will present two student performances and one evening performance of Hamlet at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH, in partnership with The Barnstormers and the Dana Center at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. The cast includes several actors familiar to us, including Caroline Nesbitt, former artistic director of Advice to the Players. Matinees for student audiences and the general public are Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m.—a riveting way to spend your morning off from school on Wednesday—with an evening performance on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12/adults and $8.75/students for all performances. One complimentary faculty admission is offered for every 10 students. Full press release is below the video (poor, poor Ophelia!). For tickets call 323-8661.
This year, New Art Theatre brings back its acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's sublime Hamlet. No play in the English language better investigates all the joy, grief, irony, and ambiguity of being human in a confusing and chaotic world. No play in the English language has been more widely studied. And no play in the English language has ever been as widely quoted, either, from "what a piece of work is a man" to "something's rotten in the state of Denmark." This is Hamlet as you've never seen it before. Stripped to 1 hour and 55 minutes, New Art's production thunders with vitality, clarity, and speed without losing the extraordinary language or the complex relationships that make the play a perennial favorite. Director Robert Shea has made use of an enormous range of modern scholarship before bringing it to the stage, from Shakespearean scholars like Stanley Wells and Harold Bloom to the ideas of novelist John Updike.
About New Art Theatre
New Art Theatre/Living Classics Series continues a 25 year tradition of producing the world's great plays under the artistic direction of Robert Shea. The Living Classics Series, begun in 1983, produced over 54 ancient and contemporary classics that served student and public audiences alike. Reorganized in 1996 as New Art Theatre at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a new generation of classical productions and daring "new works" were added to the company repertoire. A complete listing and reviews of these acclaimed works can be found on the New Art Theatre website.