Let me tell you a 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, the play gained great support from its premier audience calling Judith and Hamnet “a deeply moving, brilliantly acted, and aesthetically focused play”. It then went on to be performed in Germany, with the Stuttgarter Zeitung calling it “grandiose”.
Cast & Creatives
Created by Victoria Baumgartner & Sam Veck
Communication & special thanks to Noémy Menyhart
Photography & Teaser © Noé Ciompi