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Zainab Jah, the first black female Hamlet?


In 2015 the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia collaborated with the BBA Shakespeare lead investigator Tony Howard, to put together an exhibition celebrating the achievements of great actresses who have played Hamlet over the centuries.
We selected ten.

The display includes Maxine Peake, and to celebrate the BBAShakespeare international festival Shakespeare Through Each Others' Eyes (which opens with the
transcultural/transgender Machester Exchange Hamlet), the Wilma team have generously created Panel 11 -

Zainab Jah, born in Sierra Leone, raised in London.

I try to represent Hamlet the person, not Hamlet the gender.'

Zainab Jah in interview:

An extended review.