Wellington actor Stevie Hancox-Monk will play the lead role in Wellington Summer Shakespeare’s gender-bending 2019 production of Hamlet, directed by
renowned theatrical practitioner David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington.
The production, which will be staged from Friday 15 February to Saturday 2 March, will be the first time that Summer Shakespeare has performed Hamlet. As well as having the title character played by a woman, it features a large, multi-gendered cast, and returns to The Dell in the Wellington Botanical Gardens in a celebration of their 150th anniversary.
Stevie Hancox-Monk is no stranger to Shakespeare, having performed Bianca in Taming of the Shrew on the Globe stage in London in 2012, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Lisa Wolpe and the Prague Shakespeare Company in 2017, Adriana in this year’s Summer Shakespeare production of The Comedy of Errors, and directed and performed in the 2017 show Shakesbeer in the Garden.
She also regularly performs and directs with improv company PlayShop.
“I’ve been feeling a mixture of elation, excitement, a few nerves, speechlessness, but mostly I feel incredibly honoured to have this opportunity,” says Hancox-Monk. “I am very much looking forward to all the challenges and joys of the character, reading the play a million times over, and, of course, working with David.”