I had to do Hamlet for my actor today, it’s just so iconic. But, of course, I had to balance out the drama somehow. Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet has attracted a slew of famous actors to play its title role over its 400-year history, including: Edwin Booth, Sir Laurence Olivier, David Tennent, and Jude Law. However, the complexity of the Prince of Denmark has also attracted women to the role. The first woman to play Hamlet was Sarah Siddons, an 18th century actress who took on the role for the first time in the later half of the 1790s. Her groundbreaking performance in the role paved the way for other women such as Sarah Bernhardt and Maxine Peake.
Actor, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board