Ophelia: Madness (in blue)

Contact: Molly Olivia Rodelli (Email)

Directing By Luce Dreznin, Produced By Molly Olivia Rodelli, Musical Direction By Harry Haden-Brown, Starring Sandra Kassman, Tom Manson, Jake Snowdon, Shaun Wot Stem Theatre

Ophelia: Madness (in blue) is a theatre production driven by extraordinary and original music, celebrating the other story of Shakespeare’s passionate, poetic heroine.

In this 45 minute work, originally composed in 1983 by acclaimed Russian pianist and composer Sergei Dreznin, you hear the story of Shakespeare’s legendary lady retold in song, combining blues, jazz and classical vocals, Elizabethan verse and cello, piano and classical guitar accompaniment.

This lyrical re-imagining of Hamlet enjoyed its UK premiere at The Kitchen (The Station) in Bristol in November 2016, delighting and captivating audiences, and receiving great acclaim.

It returns to Bristol as a part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017, and as first stop on an intimate Summer tour.

Ophelia: Madness (in blue) is brought to you by Stem Theatre, a professional collective of musicians, multi-disciplinary artists and performance makers, devoted to staging contemporary music-driven adaptations of classical works, based in Bristol, UK.

“a powerful production… The cast perform with an amazing intensity that stays with you long after you have left the room.”Epigram

“undeniably different, experimental and thought-provoking”Inter:Mission

Stem Theatre

Directed by Luce Dreznin

Produced by Molly Olivia Rodelli

Musical Direction by Harry Haden-Brown

Set Design by Kate Stokes

Costume Design by Eduoard Gallais

Graphic Design by Chelsea Cliff


Ophelia – Sandra Kassman

Hamlet – Tom Manson

Laertes – Jake Snowdon

Polonius – Shaun Wood



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