Following the multiple measures taken in the fight against the Coronavirus, we are obliged to cancel all Please, continue (Hamlet) performances initially scheduled. For more information.

On the stage transformed into a courtroom, a trial takes place, the trial oif a young man who during a wedding kills his girlfriend’s father. The protagonists, the only actors on stage, present themselves, Hamlet for the accused, Gertrude for his mother and Ophelia for his ex girlfriend. The lawyers, the presiding judge, the bailiff are actual people of the law in the town in which the play is being performed. After the arguments are presented, 12 members of the audience are chosen to be the jury and they will deliberate and decide on the guilt or innocence of the accused.

Immersed in the dramaturgy of the crime and the authenticity of the proceedings, the spectator is a direct witness to the complex workings of justice. Involved in the proceedingshe or she is invited to “consider the charges” and to remember that “the accused is presumed innocent and that he is owed the benefit of the doubt.”

Based on the records of a real case as well as on the murder of Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the performance owes as much to the concept of a mock trial as well as a speech contest. The universality of the situation reveals parallels between theatrical codes and those of a trial but blurs the line between fiction and reality. With this troubling experience, Yan Duyvendak and Roger Bernay question the pertinence of juries in trials and leads everyone to question their own ideas of justice, especially on the subjectivity of their decisions.


01, 08, 15 & 22.03.2021 – Cinéma Palace (cancelled)
Le Procès au cinéma
In preparation for the trial of Hamlet in Please, continue (Hamlet), Palace proposes a selection of fiction and documentary films on the theme of the trial.

→ Projections cancelled. Temporary closure of the cinema, more information on


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    Grande Salle

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  • Concept 
    Yan Duyvendak 
    Roger Bernat 

    Claire Delaporte 
    Adrien Serre 
    Margot Viala 
    And with a president, a general lawyer, a defense lawyer and a prosecution lawyer, a psychiatrist and a bailiff, all different every night. 

    Staging in partnership with 
    Sylvie Kleiber 

    Administrative management 
    Marine Magnin 

    International Development
    Judith Martin - Ligne Directe 

    Creative production and communication 
    Charlotte Terrapon 

  • Stage Manager 
    Eric Mutel

    Dreams Come True, Genève 

    Le Phénix Scène Nationale Valenciennes ; Huis a/d Werf, Utrecht ; Théâtre du Grütli, Genève 

    Hospitality and residence
    Montévidéo, Marseille ; Le Carré/Les Colonnes, Scène conventionnée, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles/Blanquefort 

    With support from 
    Ville de Genève, République et canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia Fondation suisse pour la culture, Migros pour-cent culturel, Loterie Romande, Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM, Mécènes du sud, Marseille, Le Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national, CORODIS 


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