Prince Hamlet

Why Not Theatre

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

Presented in English and American Sign Language, with surtitles in French

Ravi Jain’s remixed, reimagined and bilingual Prince Hamlet features a cross-cultural, gender-bent cast, breathing new life into the 400-year-old play by challenging traditional ideas of who gets to tell this story. Struggling with the death of his father and the hasty remarriage of his mother to his uncle—brother to the king and also his murderer—Hamlet undertakes the harrowing task of avenging his father’s untimely death.

Combining English and American Sign Language, this groundbreaking production creates a fully integrated retelling for both hearing and Deaf audiences.

Why Not Theatre is an agile, international theatre company based in Toronto, Canada, and rooted in the values of innovation, community and collaboration. Our work is inventive and cross-cultural, reflecting our passion for the exploration of difference. We challenge the status quo by examining what stories are being told and who is telling them.

More than just a theatre company, we develop creative strategies to build a healthier and stronger arts ecology. We make and tour critically acclaimed and award-winning new work, share resources with other companies and artists to produce and tour their work, and provoke change through new producing models and the presentation of work for new audiences.

We are led by a core team of Founding Artistic Director Ravi Jain, Managing Director Owais Lightwala and Executive Producer Kelly Read.

12 years and up

Nov 10 to 12, 2022 — 165 minutes with intermission $49 — $64


Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp
Photo - Bronwen Sharp

What People Are Saying...

Winner of 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress in a Play—Dawn Jani Birley

This is no ordinary Hamlet.

The Toronto Star

Who knew how dramatic, melodramatic and funny sign language could be?

Vancouver Plays

More than a hashtag: Making diverse, inclusive theatre the norm

CBC News

Signing narrator adds sensational layer...

The Globe and Mail


Hamlet Christine Horne
Horatio Dawn Jani Birley
Claudius Rick Roberts
Polonius Barbara Gordon
Ophelia Jeff Ho
Laertes Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
Rosencrantz Miriam Fernandes
Guildenstern Sturla Alvsvaag


Adaptation and Direction Ravi Jain
American Sign Language and Visual Translation Dawn Jani Birley
Text William Shakespeare
Stage Management Neha Ross
Assistant Stage Management Tamara Protic
Set and Costume Design Lorenzo Savoini
Sound Design Thomas Ryder Payne
Lighting Design André du Toit


  • Radio-Canada
  • Le Soleil Numérique

Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec


La terrasse combines a self-guided tour of the lobby to discover the rich history of the building with free access to spectacular rooftop terrace, perfect for a romantic aperitif or with friends.