Hamlet at The Shop is a rather unorthodox production of the Bard’s masterpiece which re-imagines Hamlet as a young female royal in a modern world. Staying true to the original dialogue, the intention is that the contemporary take will not skew the heart of this iconic tale, but rather help awaken and refresh the character dynamics, struggles, and poetry that have made this piece the timeless classic it is today.
We were thrilled and excited to hear more when Britta Bisig of VancouverVogue.com fashion/lifestyle blog contacted Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet to dress key leads in the two week production. We pulled, fitted, styled and let them lose in the theatre! This cast is by far the best dressed of the season wearing luxury designers such as Giorgio Armani, Elie Tahari, Lida Baday, and more from our curated Fall/Winter collection. Other main characters are being dressed by Grandi’s Atelier, Nina Tan, Hey Jude and Rebecca Elizabeth Designs.
From the mouths of the directors – Kailey and Sam Spears:
“From 2008-2012, we went to SFU and completed degrees in film (both receiving honours). We work together as directors on our films. Although our careers are pointed in the film direction, we are taking this time to go back to our roots and direct a stage production. In the future, we hope to complete a film adaptation of Hamlet as well.
Raised in a household where his plays were used as bedtime stories, we have grown up to be strong believers in Shakespeare’s ability to timelessly explore the delicacies of the human condition. From age five (when we first allowed our dad to read us A Midsummer Night’s Dream because there were fairies in it) we have been fans of Shakespeare. We started acting in Grade 2 and attended Tir-na-nOg Theatre School on Bowen Island for many years. It was at that school when we got our first introduction to Hamlet. Amazingly, at thirteen, we and other students in Grade 8/9 were given the opportunity to perform the entire play. Being exposed to the play at a young age made us realize that Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not meant to be placed on a pedestal to be kept out of reach. The themes it addresses and the situations the characters are faced with are universal.
The more time we spend with this play the more we are taken by it’s profound contemporary relevance. Hamlet is a young person, isolated by fame and responsibility, seeking the best possible path to justice and redemption while grappling with themes of love, family, loyalty, good and evil, revenge, death, and well… everything that makes life such a crazy trip.
For years now we have been nurturing and developing our dream to mount a version of Hamlet in Vancouver. We are so excited that our dream has now been set in motion!”
Sample creative promo from the production. Young Hamlet is wearing an adorable black knit Red Valentino dress with bow and draping. King Hamlet is wearing a two piece wool Giorgio Armani suit with Armani Exchange silk dress shirt.
Read more about the production on the official website!
(This article was written by Helen Siwak)