Great Performances: Hamlet

Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m.

Experience the intrigue and magic of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” like never before with “Great Performances” on Arizona PBS. This modern rendition, directed by the acclaimed Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, stars Ato Blankson-Wood, a Tony nominee known for his powerful performance in “Slave Play,” as the troubled Prince of Denmark. Solea Pfeiffer, celebrated for her role in “Hadestown,” brings life to the character of Ophelia in this gripping adaptation.

Set against the backdrop of a post-George Floyd world, this version of “Hamlet” transforms the classic Shakespearean narrative into a poignant reflection on contemporary issues, offering a fresh and relevant perspective on the timeless themes of family, power, and betrayal. The stage is set at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, an iconic venue that enhances the dramatic and emotional resonance of the play.

This production of “Hamlet” is not just a play; it’s an event. It invites audiences to revisit a familiar story through a new lens that speaks to our current societal challenges and personal reflections. The direction by Kenny Leon brings a dynamic energy to the performance, ensuring that each scene vividly captures the essence of Shakespeare’s vision combined with today’s voices.

Don’t miss this compelling production that promises to connect deeply with audiences through its innovative approach and stellar performances. “Hamlet” premieres on Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. on Arizona PBS. Watch on air or or stream the program online on the Arizona PBS App.

Join us for a theatrical journey that marries classic literature with modern interpretations, ensuring a unique experience that is both enlightening and entertaining. Witness how the power of live theater can evoke new emotions and thoughts through a centuries-old story.

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