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Directed by Peter Pasyk

Costume Design by Alessia Urbani

Lighting Design by Samantha Skynner

Projection Design by Sasha Anderson

Sound Design by Julian Dufresne

Set Design by Peyton Farley

The graduating acting class will embark on an irresistible take of the Shakespearean classic. Four female actors will bring the title role to life.

Director's Note

In this play, Hamlet tells a group of actors that theatre should "hold a mirror up to nature". With this line was Shakespeare planting a clue for how his play should be directed?

Hamlet is a young person’s play – after all, Hamlet is a student. And like most young people, Hamlet is full of questions about the world, and ready to challenge the status quo. Hamlet questions everything from authority, to the purpose of life. Hamlet continues to fascinate because it is a play that asks many questions, providing few answers.

And that same spirit of questioning is in the very bones of the play. Hamlet is arguably Shakespeare’s most experimental work. It’s hard to pin down its genre: is it a revenge thriller? A love story? A philosophical drama? The turning point of the plot is hinged on the meta-theatrical device of Hamlet staging a piece of theatre to reveal the truth. But can theatre ever get to the truth of a matter?

Peter Pasyk

Peter is an acclaimed theatre director who has worked with Canada’s leading theatre companies including Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Canadian Stage. Peter directed the world premières of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company (Theatre Centre), Rosamund Small’s Sisters (Soulpepper), and Rosa Laborde’s Like Wolves (GCTC). Peter’s Dora-nominated productions include: The NetherKiller JoeDying CityWhen the World Was Green and The Jones Boy. He is a two-time Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Direction; and a Winnipeg Theatre Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. Peter is a graduate of the Ryerson University. Upcoming: Peter directs Hamlet for the Stratford Festival, and Comedy of Errors for Canadian Stage-Shakespeare in High Park.



Thursday, Feb. 6th - 7:30pm

Friday, Feb. 7th - 7:30pm


Saturday, Feb. 8th - 7:30pm

Tuesday, Feb. 11th - 7:30pm

Wednesday, Feb. 12th - 7:30pm

Thursday, Feb. 13th - 7:30pm



Ryerson Theatre

43 Gerrard Street East

Toronto, Ontario


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$20 - General
$10 - Students/Seniors

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Box Office

School of Performance
345 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario
M5M 3G5