Suzy Eddie Izzard takes a bow after performing EVERY role in her ambitious one-woman production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Suzy Eddie Izzard received a standing ovation on Sunday after the opening night of her one-woman show on Broadway.
Izzard, 62, embarked on an ambitious, single-handed presentation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Greenwich House Theater in New York City, with the comedian playing each role alone from a revised script written by her brother, Mark.
And she received a positive response from US audiences at the weekend, with Izzard, Mark and actress Selina Cadell – who is directing the play – accepting separate bouquets of flowers after taking a bow.
All three returned to New York after producing a one-woman adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations on Broadway and in London’s West End in 2023.
Hamlet, Shakespeare’s longest and arguably most challenging play, finds Izzard taking on a variety of diverse characters – including soldiers, ghosts, kings, queens, footmen, princes and courtiers.
Suzy Eddie Izzard received a standing ovation on Sunday after the opening night of her one-woman show on Broadway
Actress Selina Caddell (left), writer Mark Izzard (centre) and actor Suzy Eddie Izzard (right) accepted respective bouquets of flowers after taking a bow at Greenwich House Theatre.
“It’s a big challenge, but there’s no point in living and not going for challenges,” Izzard told the Associated Press shortly before announcing the play. ‘You’re just at the tip of your skills and pushing out even further.
“I want it so 10-year-old kids can grab it. I want it for the people who don’t find Shakespeare easy, as I didn’t when I was a dyslexic child.’
Caddell, whose varied TV and film career includes roles in The Catherine Tate Show, Victoria Wood, Doc Martin and The Madness Of King George, added: ‘I’ve always gravitated towards playing complex and challenging characters and Hamlet is the best .
‘This is a production for everyone, a timeless drama with an accidental hero. Selina, Mark and I want audiences to see and hear an accessible, touching, scary and dramatic Hamlet.’
The Broadway run comes shortly after Izzard failed in her bid to become Labour’s candidate for Brighton Pavilion at the next general election.
The stand-up comedian was beaten by music industry activist Tom Gray, marking the second time she has been defeated in her attempts to stand as an MP.
Izzard, who identifies as a gender-fluid trans woman, was also not chosen as Labour’s candidate in Sheffield Central last year when local councilor Abtisam Mohamed was chosen instead.
In a video on social media announcing her candidacy in August, Izzard described Brighton as an ‘open-minded’ city where ‘everyone is welcome’ and pointed to her ‘roots’ in Sussex.
Izzard began a single-handed performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in New York City, with the comedian playing each role alone from a script written by her brother, Mark
The play’s director, writer and actor were back in New York City after producing a one-woman adaptation of Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations on Broadway in 2023
Caddell embraced Izzard as the tragedy, Shakespeare’s longest and arguably most challenging play, came to a close on Sunday
“It’s a big challenge, but there’s no point in living and not going for challenges,” Izzard told the Associated Press shortly before announcing the play.
It came after the Greens lost control of Brighton and Hove City Council when Labor took back the city in May’s local elections.
After being selected as Labor candidate, Gray wrote: ‘Delighted and humbled to be selected to be the Labor candidate for Brighton Pavilion.
‘Many thanks to everyone who helped in the campaign and thanks to Eddie, Lucy and Birgit for showing such solidarity and integrity on the route.’
The current Brighton Pavilion MP is long-serving Greens politician Caroline Lucas, who is standing down at the next general election.