One Actor + 17 Roles = Hamlet {solo}, Opens November 30 at Herb Strauss Theater

BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater is proud to present the internationally-acclaimed Hamlet {solo}, where award-winning actor Raoul Bhaneja's plays 17 roles from the classic Shakespeare play. Runs November 30 through December 5 at Herb Strauss Theater.
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SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. - Oct. 19, 2013 - PRLog -- BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater is proud to present the internationally-acclaimed Hamlet {solo}, a unique retelling of the classic Shakespeare play. Award-winning actor Raoul Bhaneja, who has performed at the London Globe Theatre, will play all 17 roles himself as the plot twists and turns though a storyline filled with murder, revenge and the quest for the throne of Denmark. A global sensation, Hamlet {solo} focuses on three most essential elements of theatre: the actor, the text and the audience. Backstage calls the show, "Enthralling!" and the show runs November 30 through December 5.

The Herb Strauss Theater will kick off its full season of professional productions on November 30 with Hamlet {solo} and theater enthusiasts may want to take advantage of the Herb Strauss Theater Opening Nights special ticket package featuring one adult ticket to all six opening night shows and the pre-show receptions starting at 7 p.m., for just $200, a savings of more than 15%. Adding value to an already great deal, the Starfish Grille has signed on as a marketing partner for the 2013-2104 season and will provide the catering for all of the opening night pre-performance receptions at Herb Strauss Theater. In addition, the Starfish Grille is also offering a complimentary dessert when you present your Herb Strauss Theater ticket envelope at the restaurant.

Shakespeare Globe International Member Raoul Bhaneja is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and he may be most familiar to American audiences for his continuing roles on the U.S. television series Runaway and The Dresden Files. In addition toappearing opposite Michael Douglas in the film, The Sentinel, Bhaneja was also the subject of a BRAVO TV documentary feature  directed by Jeff Stephenson which  followed the development of  Hamlet {solo} from 2000 until the present. The documentary also features interviews with actors Colm Feore, Brent Carver, John Neville and Christopher Plummer.

Developed in residency at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Hamlet {solo} will be directed by Robert Ross Parker at the Herb Strauss Theater. Recently hailed by the New York Times for his directorial “expert craftsmanship,” Parker was listed among’s 2004 People of The Year and his directing credits include the national tour of Children’s Letters to God.

Produced by the Hope and Hell Theatre in association with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd., Hamlet {solo} premieres at the Herb Strauss Saturday, November 30, with a 7 p.m. opening night reception before the curtains go up at 8 p.m.  The show will be performed at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 2; Tuesday, December 3; Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5, 2013.  There will also be a 4 p.m. “Twilight Show” on Sunday, December 1, a new show time this season.

Tickets to Hamlet {solo} ( are $35 for adults and tickets to all Herb Strauss Theater performances are only $5 each for students with valid student ID as well as for children 17 and under. Series sampler subscriptions, special discount packages and individual tickets for 2013-2014 season are on sale now. Groups of ten or more may be eligible for additional discounts. New discounts for BIG ARTS’ 35th anniversary season include an Early Bird Special, offering an extra 25% discount off select BIG ARTS and Herb Strauss Theater packages as well as individual tickets. The Early Bird Special offer expires October 31, 2013 but then A Welcome Back Snow Birds Special will offer an extra 10% off select BIG ARTS and Herb Strauss Theater packages and individual tickets. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at 239-395-0900 or Herb Strauss Theater Box Office (239) 472-6862 and at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Hamlet {solo} ( supported by Herb Strauss Theater Season Sponsor The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.

A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, programming at BIG ARTS is made possible through the generous support of more than 300 dedicated volunteers  and donors as well as individual and corporate sponsors, including Herb Strauss Theater season sponsor The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.

Discover more about BIG ARTS, including volunteer opportunities and membership options as well as purchase tickets and learn more about our full season lineup of exhibits, performances, classes and events by visiting BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, online at, by phone (239) 395-0900 or via e-mail
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