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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Driftwood Theatre Group presents Hamlet -- The Bard’s Bus Tour

(News Release)

The Driftwood Theatre Group is bringing Hamlet to Ingersoll, London and Kitchener.

The play's the thing, and whether to be or not to be in Centennial Park in Ingersoll on Wednesday July 15th is the question.

Bard's Bus Tour (Photo by Jeremy Smith)
“Bring your blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs for an amazing evening with the Bard of Avon, as Driftwood Outdoor Theatre Group presents Hamlet,” said Scott Gillies, curator of the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, 290 Harris St., where the event will be held.

This pay-what-you-can admission performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. (a bus tour from Toronto is tentatively booked to be here, so come early), sit back and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars, he added.

Driftwood Theatre Group is proud to present HAMLET, the world’s most famous play, like it’s never seen it before.

Driftwood’s summer tour will feature a thrilling new adaptation of HAMLET by Toby
Malone which is unpredictable, unsettling and downright dangerous.

From July 9 to August 16, The Bard’s Bus Tour will bring this electrifying revenge-thriller to 27 locations across Ontario in 39 days.

The Bard’s Bus Tour has brought professional Pay-What-You-Can performances of classic plays to outdoor locations in local towns and city neighbourhoods across the province for 21 years.
Between July 14 and 29, HAMLET will play in various locations in Ontario including Springbank Gardens in London, Ingersoll Museum in Ingersoll and Civic Centre Park in Kitchener.

HAMLET is directed by D. Jeremy Smith, founder and Artistic Director of Driftwood Theatre Group and is adapted by Toby Malone using the structure of the rarely-performed First (“Bad”) Quarto (1603) and the textual content of the iconic First Folio (1623).

It stars Soulpepper Theatre company member and Dora Award winner Paolo Santalucia as Hamlet; National Theatre School Graduate, Natasha Mumba as Ophelia; Stratford Festival’s Jon de Leon as Claudius; poet, playwright and actor Nehassaiu deGannes as Gertrude; founding member of Driftwood Theatre Group Steven Burley as Guildenstern; Dora Award-winning Richard Alan Campbell as Polonius; four-time Rideau Award nominee Sarah Finn as Horatio, and for his sixth season with Driftwood, Christopher Darroch as Laertes.

HAMLET is the ultimate tragedy framed in a world dominated by the politics of fear.

Newcomers to HAMLET and Shakespearean aficionados will delight in this version; a perfect match for Driftwood’s inventive theatrical style and magical outdoor settings. This is HAMLET with the brakes off!

Founded in 1995, Driftwood Theatre Group is Ontario’s first and longest-running outdoor touring theatre tradition. Working with the best emerging and established artists today, the annual Bard’s Bus Tour travels to parks and heritage sites across the province, focusing on communities with little or no access to professional theatre. Believing that great theatre is only of value if an audience has access to it, Driftwood Theatre Group’s annual Bard’s Bus Tour is always Pay-What-You-Can admission.

July 14, 2015
Springbank Gardens, 285 Wonderland Road South
*Pre-show talk with Professor MJ Kidnie at 6:45PM

July 15, 2015
Ingersoll Museum, 290 Harris Street

July 29, 2015
Civic Centre Park, Queen Street North and Otto Street

*Register for the #myshakespeare workshop 2-5PM

All performances start at 7:30PM

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can ($20 suggested)

Reservations can be purchased at $20/person by calling 416.703.2773 X246
or online at www.driftwoodtheatre.com

For more information visit www.driftwoodtheatre.com
@driftwoodtheatr #bardsbustour

The Bard’s Bus Tour is supported by Tour Sponsor, Ontario Power Generation.
Driftwood Theatre Group and The Bard’s Bus Tour are generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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