All exhibit installations are free and accessible to the general public throughout the festival in the spaces and during the hours listed below.
A touring installation from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Directed and devised by Katie Mitchell with Fifty Nine Productions
for the V&A in association with the National Theatre
Curated and produced for the V&A by Kate Bailey
Video design by Leo Warner
Set design by Vicki Mortimer
Lighting design by Paul Constable
Sound design by Gareth Fry
Starring Michelle Terry as Ophelia
"A visceral, immersive experience...Like reflections caught by a shattered mirror, Five Truths shows Ophelia from every possible angle at once."--The Guardian (London)
Katie Mitchell, one of Europe's leading theater directors, presents five interpretations of Ophelia's "mad scene" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet in the style of five of 20th-century Europe's most influential directors: Constantin Stanislavski (Russia), Antonin Artaud (France), Bertolt Brecht (Germany), Jerzy Grotowski (Poland), and Peter Brook (England). In this immersive video installation blending theater and technology, Mitchell's five short films are played simultaneously across ten screens of different sizes on a ten-minute loop. Each Ophelia, portrayed by 2011 Olivier Award–winning actress Michelle Terry, tells a unique story by accentuating different aspects of the same text inspired by Hamlet Act IV, Scenes V and VII. At once quiet and introspective, wild and untamed, detached and distant, each version offers its own truth--suggesting how these five directors might have interpreted the dramatic action--while at the same time contradicting and challenging the other versions.
Please note that some scenes may not be suitable for younger children.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.