Helen Mirren to Appear in Free Streamed Play


Helen Mirren; photo from Facebook

Multi-award winning British actress Dame Helen Mirren will be appearing in a free online production for the Greenwich Theatre in direct response to the current closure of all theatres due to the global pandemic.

The play will be Stephen Berkoff’s The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, which seeks to fill in the gaps about the love story between Hamlet and Ophelia from William Shakespeare’s popular tragedy. The story will be explored through an exchange of letters between the two lovers, some intimate and passionate, others tender and direct. The piece is also meant to expand Ophelia’s role and to give her more agency than she had in the original play.

Directed by James Haddrell, the production will feature 39 young, emerging or marginalized actors who will each read a letter between Hamlet and Ophelia. True to the online experience, each letter will be reimagined as a video message. The full cast list can be found here.

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Mirren will appear towards the play’s conclusion as Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude.

The Secret Love Life of Ophelia will start streaming on the Greenwich Theatre’s YouTube channel on July 31 at 7:30 PM UK time (August 1, 2:30 AM Manila time) and will be available to watch for free until August 14.

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