Hamlet in the imperative !

The play

Based on William Shakespeare

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Olivier Py

Avignon / Created in 2021

With the most famous of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Olivier Py comes to the garden of the bibliothèque Ceccano to ask a central question: “What can theatre do?”

Hamlet in the imperative ! - The play, Olivier Py, 2021 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


“ Who’s there? ” From its opening line, Hamlet calls out to the audience and drags them into a story where duty and awareness of the self intersect in the famous “ To be or not to be. ” Olivier Py comes to the garden of the bibliothèque Ceccano to question theatre itself thanks to Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. With a new translation and an original text he invites us to think about what it means to act. To play? To take action? The play asks a central question : “ What can theatre do? ” So, yes, spectators and actors alike, are you there?


With Moustafa Benaïbout, Damien Bigourdan, Céline Chéenne, Bertrand de Roffignac
and Julien Jolly (music)

Based on William Shakespeare
Translation and direction Olivier Py
Composition, percussions Julien Jolly
Assistant direction Bertrand de Roffignac


Production Festival d'Avignon
Co-production Le Théâtre Scène nationale de Saint-Nazaire
With the help of the Théâtre du Châtelet
In collaboration with bibliothèque Ceccano

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