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.

“Good” isn’t good enough. At Why Not Theatre, we’re out for better. We shake up the status quo to make the world we want to see. A world where everyone can achieve their full potential. We question everything. Rethink how stories are told. And who gets to tell them.

We MAKE great work that takes chances, and tours the world. We SHARE everything we have, because more artists mean more stories. We PROVOKE change because art should be for everyone.

We push boundaries, build community, and find new ways. We represent Toronto, at home and on the world stage. FOUNDED IN 2007, WE ARE LED BY MIRIAM FERNANDES, RAVI JAIN, AND KAREN TISCH

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


Dawn Jani Birley Horatio
Miriam Fernandes Rosencrantz/Player King/Gravedigger
Jeff Ho Ophelia
Eli Pauley Hamlet
Barbara Gordon Polonius
Sturla Alvsvaag Guildenstern/Player Queen/Oseric/Marcellus
Andrew Musselman Claudius
Dante Jemmott Laertes/Player
Monice Peter Gertrude


Directed and Adapted Ravi Jain
ASL and Visual Adaptation Dawn Jani Birley
Written William Shakespeare
Associate Direction Miriam Fernandes
Set and Costume Design Lorenzo Savoini
Lighting Design André du Toit
Sound Design Thomas Ryder Payne
Stage Management Neha Ross
Assistant Stage Management Kim Moreira
Production Management André du Toit
Technical Direction Daniel Bennett
Tour Produced Rebecca Desmarais


  • Radio-Canada
  • Le Soleil Numérique

Public Sponsors of the Programming

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