Judith & Hamnet

Let me tell you a story.
Our story.
The story of a brother and a sister born within the same hour,
With nothing that could have torn them apart.

Fusing together poetry, comedy and dance with mystery, fantasy and harsh reality, Judith and Hamnet, the exciting new 30-minute play written, directed and performed by Victoria Baumgartner and Sam Veck, follows the tale of Shakespeare’s own twins as they look to the stars at night and dance until the sun rises.

Twins were a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s plays, and they have also been the source of many myths and legends. In his later plays, twins are lost, found, and lost again. Judith and Hamnet are not only Shakespeare’s twins, but are also the children of the most famous writer in the history of the world, and they are trying to help each other carry the legacy that comes with that title. However, they are also just kids learning to deal with life, death and grief.

Originally produced in Switzerland at the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, this play gained great support from its premier audience calling Judith and Hamnet ‘a deeply moving, brilliantly acted, and aesthetically focused play’.

Created by Victoria Baumgartner & Sam Veck
Communication & special thanks to Noémy Menyhart
Photography & Teaser © Noé Ciompi

Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life

England, 1585. The young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the heart of England with his newlywed wife, Anne. But something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words no one is able to find. As he starts following these dreams, life takes him on a journey, from under the protection of an immensely rich Lord to nights in brawl taverns with travelling actors. But Elizabethan England is not an easy place to thrive…

Find out the story of how Will became William Shakespeare through this play bursting with echoes to his future works, in between fantasies and reality.

 

 

 

 

During its London run at the Rose Playhouse in Spring 2018, the play has been nominated for two Offies – Off West End Awards: Best Director for Victoria Baumgartner and Best Male in a Supporting Role for Ronnie Yorke. Continue reading “Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life”

Press

Judith & Hamnet

Victoria Baumgartner in Vertigo on Swiss national radio RTS – La 1ère pto talk about the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival and Judith & Hamnet!

Victoria Baumgartner in “Cellulose” on Swiss National Radio Couleur 3, interviewed on Shakespeare by Salomé Kiner

Will in London

⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Stage
“Baumgartner’s firm belief in the power of poetry and well-placed emotional beats make Will a strangely fascinating work.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ London Theatre 1
“Everything about this show shouts top draw, top quality, top stuff.”
“An engrossing play which over the course of eighty minutes (eight years in eighty minutes) does what Lord Reith declared ought to be the mission of the BBC: to inform, educate and entertain.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Spy in the Stalls
“Sam Veck, as Shakespeare, is a revelation.”
“A top notch cast”
“delighfully clever yet beguiling and moving”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Everything Theatre
“very well written, seamless and captivating”
“Just like any Shakespeare play, it is full of comedy and tragedy, and touches on universal and eternal themes”
“Ronnie Yorke is exceptionally funny (I mean, really laugh out loud funny) as Richard Burbage.” Continue reading “Press”

Workshops – Shakespeare in the Body

Will & Co.’s workshops aim to initiate the participants to an embodied approach of Shakespeare’s plays.

The workshops aims to provide basic tools to explore the possibilities and clues written into Shakespeare’s language. In this body-based approach, we work on the emotions that manifest through the text and into us, our partners and the audience. We go through the specificities of iambic pentameter and will put in practice the rhythm intimately connected to Shakespeare in several scenes. We  also explore how the language of Shakespeare is deeply connected to the breath and the body. Working with free-flow movement techniques, we will uncover how to access and unlock different types of emotions, characters and scenes by using the rhythmic cues provided within the lines. By freeing the mind and concentrating on the body, we invite you to let Shakespeare’s language resonate in a vibrant and surprising way. Continue reading “Workshops – Shakespeare in the Body”

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